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£19,349 pa

Fixed Term f/t (37.5 hrs pw to 31/01/19)


Ref: IRC65554 



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 the stunning New Forest, 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. This role is about more than just going the extra mile, it’s about really believing in the conservation work you will be helping us to deliver. Every day, everything that you do will help to impress your colleagues and create a truly unforgettable experience for our visitors. If you want a job where no two days are the same, we'd love to hear from you.


What it's like to work here

The New Forest Northern Commons is a colourful mosaic of blooming heather and gorse, braided wetlands and ancient woodland pasture. It's a wide open, boundary-less landscape containing exposed plateaus, leading gently through a mauve haze of heather and woodland to miniature valleys, swollen with bouncy bogs and gravel streams. A place for ground-nesting birds, rare reptiles, a myriad of insects and diverse plant life.


What you'll be doing

Working as part of our New Forest Ranger service, 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. You will play a key role in enhancing visitor enjoyment whilst maintaining excellent standards of presentation, interpretation and conservation across our beautiful portfolio of sites in the New Forest National Park.


We want our visitors, and residents, to be informed and enjoy this magnificent area, and we want to find exciting new ways for people of all ages and backgrounds to be involved with the conservation work we’re undertaking. Whether you’re organising activity licenses, giving inspiring presentations and public speaking at New Forest interest groups, delivering a wide range of engaging visitor experiences and events, or facilitating practical countryside management tasks, you’ll make sure that we’re delivering fantastic outdoor experiences and communicating about our excellent conservation work to a wide audience.


Assisting with community involvement and partnership working are key areas of the role and you will be comfortable communicating in a variety of ways to local groups, including our visiting public, Parish Councils, National Park Authority, Natural England, as well as internal stakeholders. Acting as an ambassador for the Trust, you’ll share and promote the work that we do, ensuring our special places can be both protected and enjoyed by all for generations to come. This will see you responding to queries and explaining the value of the work being undertaken both face to face on site and through the attendance of county shows and outdoor events. After all, your passion and dedication could fire the imagination that makes a visitor become a supporter of the National Trust for the rest of their life.


Supported by the Area Ranger you will help in the delivery of our Heritage Lottery Funded (HLF) project at Foxbury, by assisting with the installation of facilities, running events, undertaking outreach work to local community groups and managing volunteers.


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


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;

  • Have strong IT, creative writing and social media skills
  • Be customer focused and have great communication skills
  • Have knowledge of grant-funded projects such as Natural England’s Higher Level Stewardship (HLS) and Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF)
  • Demonstrate a passion for nature, heritage and the outdoors
  • 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

Looking after you

  • Health cash plan – from as little as £2.81 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: 21 May 2018

For more information and to apply, please click here.


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