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£19,928 pa

Permanent f/t (37.5 hrs pw)





Would you like to work on an island as part of your job? This is an extremely rare opportunity to work on Orford Ness as part of your role as Ranger. 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


Orford Ness, cut-off but not separated from the Suffolk Coast, is an internationally important nature reserve, also designated as a National Nature Reserve, home to rare coastal wildlife and with a fascinating history as a secret 20th century military testing facility. We have a rare opportunity for a very practical person to join our team. Your focus will be on Orford Ness but you'll work as part of a team of Rangers in the Suffolk and Essex Coast portfolio of properties which includes Sutton Hoo and Dunwich Heath. If this inspires you read on.


Are you an adaptable, practical, self-motivated and resilient person who is passionate about wildlife, history and the coast? Do you enjoy working in a challenging outdoor environment? Do you love working with people? We’d love you to bring your practical, creative and organisational skills to the biggest conservation charity in Europe.


Wild, remote and exposed, the Ness contains the ruined remnants of a disturbing past. Ranked among the most important shingle features in the world, rare and fragile wildlife thrives where weapons, including atomic bombs, were once tested and perfected. Orford Ness is a 16km Shingle spit, which while narrowly joined to the mainland in the north, is in nearly all aspects an island, and only accessed across the  river Alde-Ore in our 12 seat ferry 'Octavia' from Orford Quay.


What you'll be doing


With your endless passion for our work, you’ll help with the protection and care of habitats, wildlife, property and machinery, and your passion will inspire other to love this beautiful place as much as you do. We want you to engage with visitors, making time to talk to them, not 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 have experience working in a nature conservation environment using large tractors, trailers and PTO equipment. You’ll also be recording and monitoring wildlife and habitats using GIS and handling our rare breed flock of sheep. In this exciting role you’ll be boat handling in a tidal river, including a 12 person passenger ferry, powerboat and rowing boat – full training will be given, so you’ll be keen to learn.


You’ll make sure that, at every twist and turn of these fantastic landscapes, we’re delivering outstanding outdoors experiences and excellent conservation work. You’ll share our common goal with customers and build relationships in the local community, proudly representing the National Trust. So whether you’re maintaining our green spaces to assisting with guided visitor walks, through to delivering a wide range of engaging visitor experiences, no two days will be the same.


You’ll also share and promote the work that we do here, ensuring special places like these are here to be both protected and enjoyed by everyone for ever. This will see you responding to queries and explaining the value of the work being undertaken. After all, your passion and dedication could fire the imagination that makes a visitor become a supporter for the rest of their life.


In this role, you’ll work some weekends, bank holiday and evenings and being on-call.


Please also read the full role profile, attached to the advert on our website.


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
  • 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
  • Competence with machinery and equipment as well as having the relevant certificates required
  • A full UK driving licence


The package




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: 03 June 2019  

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