Area Ranger

05 Sep 2019
12 Sep 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
The voice of our landscapes, conservation champions and lovers of all things outdoors, you'll help to keep the British countryside and coast wonderful. Working in some of the nation's most stunning places and spaces, come rain or shine, your love of the outdoors will inspire others as you strive to ensure that landscapes are beautifully presented and continue to take our visitors' breath away.
What it's like to work here
Ashridge contains the largest area of woodland managed in-hand by the National Trust and one of the largest expanses of chalk grassland in the Chilterns. We look after over 1000 veteran trees and associated internationally important saproxylic invertebrate population, a thriving metapopulation of Duke of Burgundy butterflies, and are one of only a few sites in the country supporting Pasqueflower. With a highly designated landscape including three SSSIs, an SAC and Grade II* listed Parkland, Ashridge is one of the most important National Trust properties in the Chilterns.

The National Trust's Land Outdoors and Nature strategy provides us with a great opportunity to build on our strong foundation of nature conservation on the estate and across the wider landscape. Ashridge also includes working farms, an extensive network of footpaths and bridleways and a strong residential let estate. As a very popular open access property we run an extensive programme of visitor engagement activities and events throughout the year. You'll be required to work flexibly to provide regular cover at weekends and to work some evenings.
What you'll be doing
In this role you'll blend practical countryside management tasks with detailed work planning and delivery of our outdoors visitor engagement programme. You'll manage a team of rangers and volunteers managing the chalk grassland and woodland habitats and developing new plans for future conservation projects. You'll help to maintain our extensive rights of way network, carry out wildlife surveys and design inspirational visitor engagement events. You will also play a key role in maintaining excellent standards of presentation and property maintenance.

You'll be instrumental in building our skills and resources through great people management, supporting our commercial activities, and working with the rest of the team to help us identify sustainable new income streams in the outdoors. You'll be leading your team with day to day countryside management, but you'll also have a chance to be strategic and feed into plans to maximise gains for nature.

You'll also be responsible for helping with excellent communication of our conservation work to a wide range of audiences, and will build and maintain strong professional relationships with colleagues, contractors, tenants and neighbouring land managers.

You'll need to be confident dealing with difficult situations and have great written and verbal communication skills. You'll need to be numerate and deal with a wide range of financial transactions.

Please also read the full role profile attached to this advert.
Who we're looking for
To be successful in this role you'll need to;
  • Have practical experience of countryside/rural skills
  • Have evidence of good people management and leadership
  • Have excellent communication skills including public presentation
  • Have strong organisational skills including work programming
  • Have a proven track record of managing and leading on health and safety and environmental compliance
  • Have a full UK Driving licence
  • Be able to manage contractors and small projects, including budgets

And you'll need to demonstrate the following experience on your CV/Application;
  • Habitat management experience in woodland and chalk grassland habitats.
  • Use of chainsaws (CS30, 31 & 32), pedestrian mowers and tractors
  • Good wildlife identification skills
  • Empathy with, and significant experience of, working with volunteers
  • Tree safety management experience would be an advantage
The package

Benefits include flexible working whenever possible plus free parking at most locations. You'll be entitled to discounts in high street stores and cinemas, National Trust shops and NT cafes, and have free entry to NT properties for you, a guest and your children (under 18).

Your health and wellbeing is important to us and is supported through generous annual leave and the option to buy additional days (minimum contract length applies), a cycle to work scheme, subsidised health cash plan and confidential access to a free support service 24 hours a day should you need it.

Your future financial health is helped by an employer matched - up to 10% of basic salary - contributory pension scheme and you can further your career with training and development tailored to you.

All of this and the opportunity to give something back to your community with up to 5 days of paid volunteering per year!

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