Volunteer Ranger

National Trust

Coniston, Cumbria

Volunteer • Full Time

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

Sectors: conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Sunday, 2nd February 2020  


Join the South Lakes Ranger team in looking after this iconic and beautiful part of the Lake District. Get outdoors in all weathers, gain practical skills and learn about wider conservation issues and land management.

This voluntary role will be embedded in the South Lakes Ranger team and with our support and training you will get involved with every aspect of being a Ranger. Contribute to important conservation works and help to maintain access to our outdoor places to a range of visitors. The role is typically four days a week for a duration of up to ten months. We can offer volunteers a place in shared accommodation in a traditional stone cottage near the base in Coniston.

The South Lakes is a large and complex property in the Lake District covering nearly 10,000 acres of land including farmland, woodland, open fell and lakeshore, plus busy outdoor sites Tarn Hows and Claife Viewing Station. We also look after three ‘pay-for-entry’ properties – Hill Top (Beatrix Potter's house), Wray Castle and Gallery.

Volunteering with the Rangers you will undertake a variety of practical conservation tasks such as (but not limited to) drystone walling, hedgelaying, tree planting, path building and signage. You will have the opportunity to assist with and lead volunteer groups in our regular conservation activities; assist in the delivery of visitor engagement activities such as guided walks and events; attend meetings and planning sessions related to activities happening on the property; and get involved in other projects depending on your interests in the role. Training and support will be provided to help equip and support you to undertake your role confidently and safely. We will work with you to develop a structured timetable so you will be volunteering with different Rangers each month, but with flexibility to move around within that. Throughout your time with us you will have lots of opportunities to develop your skills, and review your personal development with your volunteer manager on a regular basis through monthly one-to-ones

By volunteering on such a complex and diverse property develop a thorough understanding of the role of the Ranger within the National Trust and have the opportunity to volunteer with and learn from different Ranger roles – Area Rangers, Woodland Rangers, Volunteer Rangers, Operational Rangers and Upland Rangers. Develop existing skills and learn new ones from our Ranger team as well as formal training in Emergency First Aid, and countryside related ‘ticket’/s e.g. 4x4 where required to support you to develop in the role. Have fun, make new friends and get to know a beautiful part of the Lake District.

This role will suit you if you are looking for a detailed and immersive experience of the Ranger role within the National Trust and are interested in understanding how we care for our places over time. It is also important you enjoy practical tasks and being outdoors. Having a full diving licence would be desirable (for driving National Trust vehicles). The start date is flexible, ideally looking for Feb/Mar start, but if you have different requirements please get in touch on the email below and we can discuss this.

Apply through the National Trust volunteering website with a short covering letter explaining why you want to join us and why you think you would be suitable for the role, including any relevant experience you might already have. If you have any questions get in touch at leila.todhunter@nationaltrust.org.uk

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to a selection day on Mon 10th Feb. If you have any questions please get in touch.


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