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logo: National TrustArea Ranger

£24,121 pa

Permanent f/t (37.5 hrs pw)

Hope Valley

Ref: IRC67219 




The voice of our landscapes, conservation champions and lovers of all things outdoors, youíll help to keep the British countryside and coast wonderful. Working in some of the nationís 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 visitorsí breath away.


We are now looking for an experienced Area Ranger to join our busy Countryside team in the High Peak, youíll be helping us deliver great conservation and be part of making sure that we achieve our long-term goals for this special place.


Please be advised that some weekend, evening and Bank Holiday will be required in this role (for which time off in lieu will be taken). Further details will be discussed at interview.


What it's like to work here


The National Trust`s Peak District land holding is a vast upland expanse with stunning scenery and breath taking landscapes with accessible moorland and river valleys that can be enjoyed all year round.


Our property lies within the Peak District National Park and has 3 distinct geographical areas centred around Longshaw Lodge at our Longshaw Estate, the Home Farm offices at Ilam Park in the White Peak and our Edale End base in the High Peak, from where this post will be based.


The High Peak estate is over 12,500 hectares of mainly wild upland moorlands that are internationally important for a range of habitats and associated species. As well as being a major part of the north of Englandísí natural heritage, sites like Kinder Scout are also steeped in cultural heritage, contributing to the development of National Parks in England and Wales and the Countryside Access movement.


What you'll be doing


Working closely with the Lead Ranger, the Area Ranger will manage and contribute to project delivery of Agri Environment schemes such as our English Woodland Grant scheme Clough Woodland work and Higher Level Stewardship schemes as well as other projects such as Moorlife 2020. This will require developing, communicating and delivering safe and effective work plans to ensure that day to day operations are focused on our priorities and that land management meets our objectives.


The Area Ranger will work with our farming and sporting tenants, contractors and partners such as the Peak District National Park, Natural England, the RSPB and Derbyshire Wildlife Trust. They will also manage a small team of staff and volunteers, work facilities and vehicles to deliver high quality countryside and conservation objectives. This will include; contract specification and management, monitoring ecological change, monitoring compliance against schemes, delivering excellent habitat, species, landscape and cultural heritage management and caring for countryside infrastructure, such as tracks, paths, gates & boundaries.


The Area Ranger will also support visitor experience and understanding by communicating the Trustís cause through a variety of media, helping to facilitate a range of outdoor events and activities whilst delivering great customer service.


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, as well as experience of working and leading volunteers
  • Have excellent communication skills including public presentation
  • Have strong organisational skills including work programming
  • Have a proven track record of managing and leading on health and safety and environmental compliance
  • Have a full UK Driving licence
  • Be able to manage contractors and small projects, including budgets.
  • Diploma/NVQ3 or higher in countryside or environmental conservation
  • Have good wildlife identification skills
  • Habitat and species surveying experience
  • Good IT skills for use in mapping and data management
  • Be able to competently use a range of tools, vehicles machinery and equipment as necessary for the role


The package


Looking after you

  • Health cash plan Ė 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 catering outlets
  • Discount up to 35% off a National Trust holiday cottage booking


Closing date: 03 July 2018


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