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£20,000 pa

Permanent f/t (37.5 hrs pw)

Kings Lynn

Ref: IRC77675



It’s an exciting time for us here at Oxburgh Hall! We’re in the process of completing a Parkland Management Plan to guide us in the restoration of 130 acres of Historic Registered Parkland. If you’re happy with being the ‘lone’ ranger, have good experience in using machinery and are confident in managing volunteers all year round, then you’re the person for us!

What it's like to work here


Oxburgh Hall is a 500 year old moated manor house set in 200 acres of grounds, 15 of which are formal gardens, consisting of a Parterre, Herbaceous Border, Orchard and Kitchen Garden. Two designed woodland ‘garden’ areas complete the formal areas.


Our wildlife includes a breeding pair of barn owls, several bat species, water vole and occasional sightings of otter are of interest. Bird transects and butterfly transects are part of the formal monitoring programme.


As part of our Parkland Management Plan we’re looking to revert some arable land to pasture with the intention of grazing rare breed livestock. We’re also planting trees back into our landscape. Other habitats include a semi-natural broad-leaved woodland (which we’re writing a management plan for); a chalk river and ponds.


There will be opportunities to look at further habitat creation to benefit species at a landscape scale, so if you have experience in restoration and/or creation of priority habitats, you’d be joining us at the right time, to help influence the parkland’s future management!


For more information about this location, please follow: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/oxburgh-hall

What you'll be doing


We are looking for an experienced ranger who will join our team made up of our Outdoors Manager, a Gardener and a team of 60 hard-working volunteers. As the ‘lone’ ranger you’ll be assisting the Outdoors Manager and Gardener in managing the gardens and wider estate. You’ll also be co-ordinating our volunteers to undertake estate management and biological surveying. Other volunteer roles include the garden, kitchen garden and garden stewarding. Alongside the Gardener, you’ll allocate the day-to-day tasks across the whole estate all year round.


You’ll help to maintain our lawns and be experienced in using chainsaws, brush-cutters, strimmers, wood-chippers, lawn-mowers and be able to drive a tractor and trailer.


Visitor engagement is a key part of the role. With 110,000 visitors a year, the Property Team work closely together to provide a welcoming and enjoyable experience for all and that’s something you’ll excel at.


As well as helping to manage our estate, you’ll encourage wider use of the estate through promoting various activities during the school holidays, which help to fulfil the Trust’s Strategy for the ‘Outdoors and Nature’ programme.

Who we're looking for


To deliver this role successfully you’ll need to:

  • Have significant Volunteer Management experience
  • Have strong organisational skills
  • Have a proven track record of managing and leading on health and safety/compliance in the work-place, which includes training of volunteers in the use of machinery
  • Have experience in writing risk assessments
  • Have knowledge of environmental compliance
  • Have knowledge of grazing management
  • Have a good ecological knowledge of grasslands, woodlands and river systems
  • Have experience in carrying out biological surveys and being able to train volunteers
  • Have experience in delivering environmental activities for children
  • Have a full UK driving licence


The package




To find out more about the benefits we offer to support you, please follow: https://www.nationaltrustjobs.org.uk/supporting-you/


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!


To apply for this role, please click here


Closing Date: 28 March 2019


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