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£16,497 pa

Permanent f/t (37.5 hrs pw)


Ref: IRC69245



Rangers have been a part of the National Trust since the beginning, our place in the organisations future means that we need to think long term about how we look after our special places. We need to think about our impact on the environment, and find better ways to do things.


The National Trust Blickling Ranger Team has an exciting opportunity for an assistant ranger to work across the 4,600 acres that make up the Estate. You’ll be carrying out a broad scope of work across the estate and parkland. You’ll also play a key part in the delivery of the Riverlands Programme; helping to restore the upper Bure catchment, a chalk stream feeding into the Norfolk Broads.


If you have a passion for the Norfolk countryside, then we’d love to hear from you.

Please be advised in this role there will be the need for occasional evening and weekend work, as well as Bank Holidays – further details will be discussed at interview.


What it's like to work here

As the National Trust’s first acquisition, the visitor experience at this Norfolk estate focuses on how and why the Trust began. The team are always looking for hard-working people with a passion for customer service and there are opportunities across the board, particularly within the large catering team. You're likely to need your own car to get here, and the friendly team and vast estate make Blickling one of our most popular tourist destinations.


What you'll be doing

Reporting to our Countryside Manager, you’ll work across the whole of the Blickling Estate and will develop a detailed understanding of the Estate, including its ecological, archaeological and historical features. You’ll be assisting with the supervision and management of volunteers, and will complete tasks which deliver our annual work plan, such as; maintaining paths, gates and fences, invasive species control, species and habitat monitoring, carrying out our winter woodland work, and working with the wider community around Blickling to ensure that, as a whole, we are delivering an exceptional level of countryside management and conservation excellence. You’ll also get to have your say on the work we do by assisting in the writing of our annual work plan.


You’ll be the face of the Trust to our visitors, and will assist with the implementation of the Trust’s Land, Outdoors and Nature programme through our work, as well as events, walks & talks. It’s important our visitors understand the important work we are doing, so we want you to engage with them, taking time to talk to them rather than rushing away to the next task. As an easily identifiable member of the Ranger team, on your best day you will be creating lasting memories for everyone. You’ll also play a key role in building and maintaining strong relationships with the local community and our tenants, helping to ensure our local reputation is maintained and enhanced.


You’ll need to work in a way that makes the most efficient use of the Trust’s resources. You’ll help to identify the resources we need to complete our future work, and will look for opportunities to increase our income, as well as assist with our current income generating activities such as our produce sales and events.


It’s a busy role with lots of variety where no two days will be the same!


Who we're looking for

To deliver this role successfully, you'll need to:

  • Practical experience in land, conservation and access management, to level 2 (or equivalent level of vocational experience), with a good understanding of lowland heath, grassland and woodland habitats, and access management
  • Great communication skills (both written and verbal), with the confidence to engage with lots of different groups of people
  • IT skills (Microsoft Office)
  • Familiarity with machinery/equipment and practical certificates as required by the property, including an NPTC CS30/31 chainsaw certificate (you will also have the opportunity to gain more qualifications internally – further details will be discussed at interview)
  • Fantastic organisational skills
  • Demonstrate a willingness to work alongside volunteers and be able to support them to perform at their best
  • Have a commitment to customer service standards and experience of its delivery
  • Demonstrate a passion for nature and the outdoors
  • Have good people skills enabling strong relationships externally and internally, to be built and maintained
  • Some experience of delivering engagement activities that help build or strengthen visitors’ connections with nature and the outdoors
  • A Driving Licence (as you’ll be working around the estate using public roads, and will also have to drive volunteers to work sites)


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


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


Closing Date: 30 August 2018

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