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Logo: National TrustAssistant Ranger

£17,023 pa

Permanent f/t (37.5 hrs pw)

Ref: IRC72052





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


Ashridge is one of the most important National Trust properties in the Chilterns, a thriving countryside estate which includes SSSIs, SAC, ancient scheduled monuments, Grade II* listed parkland, tenant farms, and the largest area of in hand woodland in the Trust with hundreds of ancient and veteran trees and acres of wooded common. The estate is also renowned for its calcareous chalk downland and the rich diversity of species this habitat supports. We are looking for an enthusiastic countryside worker, who is willing to learn and is ready to hit the ground running alongside a small, dedicated and hardworking team of rangers.


What you'll be doing


You’ll be involved in all aspects of our outdoor work including chalk grassland management, scrub control, halo-thinning of veteran trees, thinning of plantations and restoring ancient woodlands. You'll also help to maintain the estate infrastructure and extensive rights of way network, while ensuring that visitors have a first rate experience at Ashridge. You'll participate fully in delivering our events programme including guided walks. This role will give you a valuable insight into working on a busy countryside property with a variety of challenges. You will be required to work weekends on a rota system.


Who we're looking for


To deliver this role successfully, you'll need:

  • A proven track record of working with volunteers, with experience of leading work parties
  • A commitment to customer service standards and experience of its delivery
  • CS30/CS31 equivalent in chainsaw maintenance, cross cutting and small tree felling
  • Experience in using a variety of machines including brushcutter, pedestrian mower, clearing saw
  • Experience of operating tractor and associated implements
  • Practical estate management skills such as fencing, gate installation and maintaining site fabric
  • Habitat management experience in a woodland and grassland context and a demonstrable interest in nature conservation
  • A willingness to work independently and take forward projects without supervision
  • The ability to lead inspirational visitor engagement activities
  • Good people skills enabling strong relationships externally and internally, to be built and maintained. Good written and verbal communication skills
  • Practical experience in land, conservation and access management, to level 2 (or equivalent level of vocational experience)
  • Some experience of delivering engagement activities that help build or strengthen visitors’ connections with nature and the outdoors


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


For further information and to apply, please click here


Closing date: 10th December 2018

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