Long-term Volunteer Ranger

National Trust

South Lakes, Coniston, Cumbria

Volunteer • Full Time

www.nationaltrust.org.uk leila.todhunter@nationaltrust.org.uk 07483300943 Leila Todhunter

Sectors: conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Monday, 12th March 2018  


This is a four day a week role working as part of a busy and dynamic ranger team across the South Lakes property for a duration of ten months. Living in shared accommodation in a traditional stone cottage near the base in Coniston.

With our support and on-the-job training you will help to look after this iconic and beautiful part of the Lake District through a wide variety of practical conservation tasks such as drystone walling, hedgelaying and tree planting; improving access and signage; tackling invasive species; assisting with/leading volunteer groups; engaging with visitors; and helping at events. The large property and team make this an exciting and challenging place to volunteer with no two days the same. You will also have the opportunity to take on small projects as agreed as part of a personal development plan over the ten months. Formal training in first aid and manual handling will be provided, as well a 'ticket' relevant to the role, e.g. brush cutter, 4x4, to be discussed with successful candidate as appropriate to their needs.

The South Lakes is a large and complex property in the Lake District covering over 10,000 acres of land including farmland, woodland, open fell, lakeshore, tarns, SSSIs, and archaeological sites; plus Tarn Hows, Wray Castle, Beatrix Potter's house and art gallery. The property sits within the new UNESCO World Heritage site and contains many of the outstanding features that helped to win the bid. Millions of people visit the Lakes every year and one of our challenges is how to connect more and better with these people when they are here. With a relatively large team of rangers specialising in different areas (upland, woodland, volunteer and valley rangers) this is a fantastic place to learn about all aspects of rangering from day-to-day tasks to wider conservation issues and land management.

This role will suit you if you have aspirations to become a Ranger and already have some knowledge or practical experience in the conservation field or similar (whether through education or voluntary experience). An adaptable nature is essential with an ability to communicate with a wide range of people and a willingness to try new things and get stuck in to a variety of jobs in all weathers. We ask for a full driving licence as part of this role (please state on your application).

Volunteering on such a complex and diverse property should develop a thorough understanding of the role of the Ranger. You will learn new skills and develop existing ones that will be of value to you throughout your career. Almost all of our previous long-term volunteers have gone on to find employment in ranger roles within the National Trust or other conservation organisations. We hope you will also have fun and enjoy living in a beautiful part of the Lake District. You will find yourself working in places off the beaten track and get to know this amazing place in a way that many people never see.

To apply send CV and covering letter explaining why you want to join us and why you think you will be suitable for the position to leila.todhunter@nationaltrust.org.uk, or apply through the National Trust volunteer website. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an assessment day on 27th March. If you have any questions please get in touch.


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