Farne Islands & Northumberland Coast Volunteer Ranger

National Trust

Alnwick, Northumberland

Volunteer • Full or Part Time

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/farne-islands gwen.potter@nationaltrust.org.uk 01665 573874 Gwen Potter

Sectors: conservation & wildlife, ecology

Closing date: Sunday, 2nd February 2020  


Rangers help deliver the day to day management and conservation of the Farne Islands National Nature Reserve and Northumberland Coast carrying out a mix of visitor engagement, seabird monitoring and habitat management. We’re looking for two people to join us.

This role will suit you if you are...

  • Keen to listen to our visitors and help them enjoy our wildlife
  • Passionate about nature and the outdoors.
  • Looking to gain the experience required for a job in Countryside Management/Nature Conservation.
  • Looking for a detailed and immersive experience of the National Trust or the sector.
  • Interested in understanding how we care for our places at National Trust over time.
  • Over 18 with a full driving license.
  • Interested in volunteering for up to 12 months 

By getting involved you could:

  • Help our visitors start a lifetime’s interest in wildlife
  • Become part of a friendly and dedicated team of rangers and volunteers
  • Build your conservation skills across a wide variety of habitats
  • Help look after some of the best wildlife sites in the UK on internationally and nationally important places for wildlife
  • Benefit from the skills and experience of working in partnership with other bodies such as Northumberland Wildlife Trust, Northumberland Coast AONB, Natural England and RSPB, as well as the wider National Trust team
  • Carry out training and study in brushcutter, RYA Powerboat, fire training emergency procedures and biosecurity procedures
  • Learn about management and monitoring of a broad range of habitats including seabird islands; upland and lowland woodland; freshwater pools and scrapes; saltmarsh; sand dunes; heathland and meadows
  • Learn leaderships skills supervising groups of volunteers

The role in detail:

  • Managing visitors effectively on a daily basis through welcoming visitors to the jetty, shop and visitor centre, checking tickets and sharing our conservation work with our visitors
  • Applying a range of ecological and land management techniques and skills, such as seabird monitoring, boardwalk repair and vegetation management on the islands from March to October.
  • Volunteer to assist the Rangers in practical countryside management tasks from November to March such as path and boundary maintenance, invasive species control, habitat restoration across a wide variety of coastal habitats, forestry, and general maintenance and repair.
  • Learning and applying safety and risk management through training and study as required
  • Upholding the National Trust 'Values & Behaviours' policies at all times
  • Find more sustainable ways to do things across the property, so that the property achieves its environmental targets
  • Maintaining good working relations with tenants, statutory bodies and neighbours
  • There may be other tasks we ask you to assist with that are a part of being in a team, including preparing the islands for visitors, assisting with health and safety checks, and any other upkeep that the islands required by the Ranger team
  • Interviews will occur on 14 Feb 2020 – you must be available for interviews in Northumberland on this date
  • Shared accommodation will be provided on the islands and on the mainland when volunteering on the coast but not during long holidays. You must commit to keeping this accommodation in good condition as a part of your role.
  • Training will be provided to enable you to carry out your role safely and confidently. Opportunities for further personal or professional development will be discussed during regular catch-ups
  • Volunteers often find some local work to cover additional expenses, such as food costs.
  • We will provide work clothing, personal protective equipment and relevant in-house and external training to be safe and confident on your role.
  • We will cover agreed out of pocket expenses (where agreed in advance).
  • There may be the opportunity to work with Ranger teams across other National Trust properties within Northumberland.

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