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£27,735 pa

Permanent f/t (37.5 hrs pw)

East Dean

Ref: IRC81082

 

Summary

 

Rangers play a hugely important role at the National Trust, thinking long term to look after our special places. Our new strategy for Land Outdoors and Nature means that we are investing in front line ranger services to help us deliver positive changes at a landscape scale. We are looking to recruit a Lead Ranger to join our team on the South Downs to ensure excellent, sustainable care and conservation is delivered across all of our countryside.

 

What it's like to work here

 

You’ll be working amongst a mixture of sites and habitats, from Ditchling Beacon in the west, to Birling Gap in the east.

 

Your main base, Birling Gap, is part of the world famous Seven Sisters chalk cliffs, one of the longest stretches of undeveloped coastline on the south coast. Eroding at one metre per year, the sea creates unusual chalk platforms. With spectacular, unspoilt views of the sea, Birling Gap, the entry point for downland walks and cycle routes, also features a cliff side visitor centre, shop and café.

 

Beyond Birling Gap you will be working on areas of flower rich downland, woodland and river valleys. With stunning panoramic views these places are loved by many visitors throughout the year.

 

What you'll be doing

 

This role involves being part of the Countryside Heads of Department team and working with the other Lead Rangers across the South Downs. You'll report directly to the Countryside Manager, and will manage a team of Rangers and volunteers, working closely with the commercial and visitor welcome team at Birling Gap.

 

As Lead Ranger, you'll be responsible for the management of a team of Rangers who care for our countryside properties. You’ll develop and coordinate a wide range of cyclical and response operations, commission specialist contractors and contribute to a programme of conservation and engagement projects. You'll use your leadership skills and experience in countryside management to drive forward our ambitious plans for conservation and visitor engagement.

 

You’ll put conservation at the heart of everything you do. You’ll be planning and delivering a programme of work to deliver our nature conservation ambitions, support our farm tenants and develop recreation and access opportunities across the property. And you’ll always be considering how we can reduce our human footprint on the environment with a long-term focus on care and sustainability.

 

Leading your team of staff and volunteers, you’ll also ensure every visitor receives a high quality, consistent welcome with access to our unique stories which bring this special place to life. You’ll be responsible for managing the budgets required to deliver this work and for protecting and enhancing the Trust’s assets and reputation. Due to the number of partner organisations, tenants, neighbours, activity providers and local stakeholders some of your time will be spent sharing our vision and working in partnership with others to help deliver it.

 

This role offers a great opportunity for someone with a balance of strong practical, engagement and management skills. Central to the role will be your ability to balance both the demands of managing and developing our countryside estate with those of a busy, high profile visitor environment.

 

Who we're looking for

 

To deliver this role successfully, you’ll be a proven leader, proud to work in such a beautiful location and thrive on delivering exceptional care for our environment and our visitors. So, you’ll be;

  • An experienced people manager with the ability to lead a team to deliver effectively
  • An excellent communicator with experience in stakeholder management
  • Experienced in project management
  • Experienced in relevant land, conservation and access management
  • Customer aware and take pride on delivering excellent customer service
  • Organised and self-motivated, confidently able to manage a demanding workload with competing pulls on your time
  • Confident in managing budgets, finances and contracts
  • Knowledgeable in health and safety requirements and other compliance issues relating to the countryside and visitor activities

 

The package

 

Benefits

 

Read more about the benefits we offer to support you here.

 

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

 

Closing date: 10th June 2019  

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