Area Ranger

Dickens Heath
£23,375 per annum
10 Jan 2019
28 Jan 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

The North Warwickshire portfolio is an engine for growth in the Midlands region, welcoming over 600,000 visitor a year and achieving £1.5million bottom-line contribution. Comprised of Baddesley Clinton, Coughton Court and Packwood House, the portfolio is linked together by shared stories of Catholicism and rich history, our warmth of welcome and ambitious team. Our 500 acre parkland spaces may not be the largest in the region, but they are perfectly formed and in need of an Area Ranger who is ambitious and able to bring their skills and experience to develop and protect these spaces for now and future generations. We care about team development, so we will support you grow your own career skills with an annual personal development plan.

What you'll be doing

This is an exciting time to be joining the team. With tall ambitions and a robust Portfolio Business Plan, the Area Ranger, with their team of volunteer rangers, will focus on key organisational priorities such as improving the condition of existing priority habitats at all three sites, exploring opportunities to manage our woodland spaces, creating lowland meadows and wet woodlands and much more. This will support our Conservation Performance Indicator work as well as two of our Higher Level Stewardship schemes. There are also opportunities to work in partnership alongside other organisations such as the Heart of England Forest at Coughton Court, building up networks and sharing skills with other ranger teams. As our portfolio becomes busier, the ranger team will also work closely with the Visitor Experience Manager and garden teams to create engaging and innovative ways for visitors to explore our parkland, thereby coming closer to nature and finding spiritual refreshment for the nation. You will appreciate the need for our countryside sites to bring in income, so your business ideas will play an important part in the team’s success.

Who we're looking for

To deliver this role successfully, you will 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 (for travel across the portfolio)

  • Be able to manage contractors and small projects, including budgets.

  • Hold a diploma/NVQ3 or higher in countryside or environmental conservation

  • Have good wildlife identification skills

  • Have some experience of habitat and species surveying

  • Have empathy with, and significant experience of, working with volunteers

The package

Looking after you

  • Health cash plan - from as little as £3.09 per month for you and your dependents

  • Pension contribution match up to 10%

  • EAP and proactive Health and Wellbeing

  • Discounted gym membership at over 100 leisure facilities across the country

Looking after your career

  • Grow your career through professional training courses across the Trust

  • Develop your skills with an internal secondment

  • Pay review linked to values and behaviours, commitment to progression

  • Income protection due to illness

Unique to Us

  • Work in some of the most beautiful, iconic and unique locations in the UK

  • Free entry to NT properties for you, a guest and your children (under 18)

  • 20% off in our Retail and Food & Beverage outlets

  • Discount up to 35% off a National Trust holiday cottage booking