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£19,928 pa

Permanent f/t (37.5 hrs pw)

Bridport, Dorset

Ref: IRC79259



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


North and West Dorset is an eclectic mix of dispersed places, all wonderful and beautiful in their own right. We look after twenty-seven coastal and countryside sites, which include places of cultural and historical significance like Hardy Monument, the Tolpuddle tree and the Cerne Giant, amongst some of our larger land holdings like the Golden Cap Estate, busy beach locations like Burton Bradstock, and seven Iron Age hillforts, internationally important for their wildlife and nature value. The portfolio includes significant stretches of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, the largest of which is the 868ha Golden Cap Estate near Morcombelake; with Golden Cap, the highest point on the south coast of Great Britain.

What you'll be doing


This is an exciting time to join the team in North and West Dorset. We have just undergone a restructure which sees us putting more resource into the Countryside team. We are also in the delivery phase of our Land, Outdoors and Nature strategy, which is our framework to achieve a healthy, beautiful, natural environment. The strategy is ambitious with 229ha of land identified for priority habitat creation in the North and West Dorset portfolio by 2025, and a target of all in-hand land achieving higher nature standards by 2025.


The role of Ranger will be to work with the Area Ranger and Ranger (2 days a week) to deliver nature conservation, access, heritage and visitor experience work across the Golden Cap estate and the nearby sites of Hardown Hill, Lambert’s Castle, Coney’s Castle, Pilsdon Pen, Lewesdon Hill and land near Lyme Regis. The majority of the land is permanent pasture grazed by mixed livestock, but other habitats here include wildflower meadows, heathland, woodlands, orchards, mires, soft cliffs and arable farmland. The sites are nationally and internationally important for their nature conservation, archaeological and geological value with designations including SSSI, SAC, WHS and SAM.


Four Iron Age hillforts in this Area Ranger patch are part of the National Trust’s Wessex Hillforts and Habitats Project and the Ranger role will help delivery of this project work and transition new monitoring practices into business-as-usual. Work will also include delivery of the 122ha of priority habitat creation in this patch. Much of the land is tenanted so it will be beneficial to have an understanding of farming practices. It will be important to be a good people-person as you will regularly lead teams of volunteers and will need to develop productive working relationships with our tenant farmers.


Who we're looking for


Our team believe that people deserve more than just ‘good service’, but an amazing experience they’ll never forget, and we are looking for like-minded people to join us.


You’ll need to;

  • Deliver practical conservation work to protect and enhance the conservation status of the property
  • Demonstrate a passion for nature, heritage and the outdoors
  • Be able to engage with visitors to ensure they understand the value of your work
  • Help create a great place to work, sharing common goals
  • Be enthusiastic with a willingness to learn
  • Be an excellent team player
  • Be able to work safely, with risk assessments and compliance with safety procedures
  • Experience in a land, access and conservation management
  • Experience in and working in a similar outdoor setting
  • Have competence with machinery and equipment as well as having the relevant certificates required
  • Have a full UK driving licence



To find out more about the benefits we offer to support you, please follow: 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!


To find out more and apply, please click here


Closing Date: 24 April 2019
Interview Date: 08 May 2019


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