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£24,075 pa

2 year fixed term, full time


Re: IRC78105




Set within the Surrey Hills AONB the stunning Leith Hill property comprises ancient woodland, parkland, farmland, heath land, formal gardens and the iconic Leith Hill Tower. Of the 350 hectare area, much has SSSI designation and there are exciting plans to create further priority habitat within the estate.


What it's like to work here


As the Area Ranger for Leith Hill you will find that no two days are the same as this post offers fantastic variety and interest. Consisting of a mosaic of habitats set within a landscape of considerable beauty, the property provides something new and wonderful each month, from the flowering of the formal Rhododendron Wood and spectacular show of bluebells across the site, to the arrival of woodlark and nightjar on the heath. 


What you'll be doing


As Area Ranger for Leith Hill you will be responsible for the day to day management of the property, with a significant focus on our successful volunteer programme. As visitors are very important to us you will also ensure a welcoming and inspirational experience at the property and have an aptitude for communicating the importance of the conservation work we carry out.


With responsibility for the protection and care of habitats, wildlife, property and machinery, you will be building on your previous experience in similar roles. You will continue to build relationships in the local community, work on a programme of events and guided walks, and ensure continuity of monitoring and surveying at the property.


In this role you will be expected to work some weekends and bank holidays at this property and at others within the Surrey Hills portfolio, and there will be an occasional expectation to attend evening meetings.


The full role profile is available on our website.


Who we're looking for


As part of the Leith Hill & Holmwood Common team, you will be both a team player and a self-starter with the motivation to achieve great things. You'll value a one team approach between Leith Hill and Holmwood Common and take an active interest in the wider Surrey Hills portfolio.


To deliver this role successfully, you will need to:

  • Be competent with machinery and equipment as well as having the relevant certificates required
  • Demonstrate a passion for nature, heritage and the outdoors Hold a diploma/NVQ or higher in a countryside or environmental discipline
  • Be able to engage with visitors to ensure they understand the value of our work
  • Work safely, with experience of risk assessment and compliance with safety procedures
  • Have excellent communication skills including public presentation, composing letters and developing literature
  • Have a proven track record (minimum 2 years’ experience) in a similar role
  • Possess knowledge and experience of woodland and/or heath land management
  • Have empathy with, and significant experience of, working with volunteers Hold a First Aid certification and a full UK driving licence


The package




Read more about the benefits we offer to support you here. https://www.nationaltrustjobs.org.uk/supporting-you/


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!


For further information and to apply, please click here or for an informal chat please contact Nicky Scott on 07568177387


Closing date: 08 April 2019


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