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£14,445 pa

Fixed Term p/t (22.5 hrs pw to 25/02/22)


Ref: IRC79002




This is a great opportunity for someone wishing to take the next step in countryside management. You will be an important part of the Penrose Ranger team, working within the larger Lizard and Penrose Countryside team. Based out of the Ranger Office and workshops at Penrose and report to the Lead Ranger, Penrose, you will help deliver our in-hand coast project at Penrose & Porkellis.


What it's like to work here


With Cornwall’s largest natural freshwater lake at its centre, Penrose covers over 800 hectares of mixed woodlands, farmland and parkland and over 4 miles of coast, including busy beaches and the huge shingle bank of Loe Bar.


Equally important to us is that it neighbours and links the communities of Helston, Porthleven and Gunwalloe, providing huge and varied opportunities for people to get out enjoy what we have to offer. We run regular events and activities for visitors, have a regular programme of volunteer activities and host parkrun every Saturday morning.


In addition we manage and maintain over 20km of public rights of way (footpaths and bridleways) including most of the SW Coast Path national trail between Porthleven and Gunwalloe.


What you'll be doing


The focus of this new role has two parts; firstly, to deliver our management of the in – hand coast at Penrose and to take forward our Land, Outdoors and Nature (LON) ambition. Secondly to lead on our in-hand management of Porkellis, an important site 4 miles north of Helston comprising a diverse mix of wildlife habitats (including an area of SSSI) and rich mining remains (and within the Cornwall World Heritage Site).


This role will build on well-established ways of working and contacts with the local community and visitors, providing volunteering opportunities, activities and events.


As a team, all our work is underpinned by a shared and strong focus on high standards of presentation and routine maintenance alongside maintaining our reputation as a welcoming and approachable team of staff and volunteers. Together these all contribute to us delivering great experiences day in day out for the diverse range of visitors and user groups who use and value Penrose. You will also work closely with the Rangers on the Lizard team where it helps us achieve our aims.


This role is part time, 3 days a week, Wednesday – Friday inclusive. Occasionally situations may arise that require the post holder to perform other duties reasonably requested by the Trust across the whole Lizard and Penrose property. The nature of the role will require regular weekend working and lone working.


Please also read the additional documents attached to the advert on our website.


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 a proven track record of managing and leading on health and safety and environmental compliance
  • Have a full UK Driving licence
  • Diploma/NVQ3 or higher in countryside or environmental conservation
  • Have good wildlife identification skills
  • Habitat and species surveying experience
  • Empathy with, and significant experience of, working with volunteers


The package




Read more about the benefits we offer to support you here.


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!


If you want to know more about this role please do not hesitate to contact Greg Cross, Area Ranger, Penrose on 01326 554082.


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Closing date: 26 April 2019

Interview date: 15 May 2019


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