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Logo: National TrustAssistant Ranger

£13,593 pa

Fixed Term p/t (30 hrs pw for 6 mo)

Bodiam Castle, East Sussex

Ref: IRC80052




Rangers have been a part of the National Trust since the beginning, our place in the organisations future means that we need to think long term about how we look after our special places. As part of the wider Ranger team, we need you to think about our impact on the environment, and find better ways to do things.


This is a fixed term contract for 6 months, working 30 hours per week, salary pro-rata. There will be some weekend and bank holiday working as part of this role.


What it's like to work here


This impressive 14th century moated castle is one of the most famous in Britain. The castle’s spiral staircases and original features make for an ever-inspiring atmosphere, where costume interpretations and re-enactments give visitors a vivid portrayal of medieval life. Bodiam Castle is the busiest attraction in the area, appealing to a wide range of visitors, including schools, regular members and overseas tourists. Located in a beautiful area with free parking and transport links, you’ll be able to travel to work by car, bike, bus or even, ferry!


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.


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. After all, your passion and dedication could fire the imagination that makes a visitor become a supporter for the rest of their life.


Bodiam Castle has one of the most significant Daubenton bat maternity roosts in England. You will have a key role in supporting the Ranger and Castle team in managing the welfare of the bats whilst safely opening the space to the public. You will be expected to carry out basic bat handling tasks once training has been provided. You will also be expected to use a range of machinery including compact tractor, brushcutter and chainsaw, therefore 0020-03 & 0020-04 chainsaw certification will be required.


Who we're looking for


To deliver this role successfully, you'll need to:

  • Demonstrate a willingness to work alongside volunteers and be able to support them to perform at their best
  • Have a commitment to customer service standards and experience of its delivery
  • Demonstrate a passion for nature and the outdoors
  • Have good written and verbal communication skills
  • Have good people skills enabling strong relationships externally and internally, to be built and maintained


And you'll need to demonstrate the following experience on your CV:

  • Practical experience in land, conservation and access management, to level 2 (or equivalent level of vocational experience)
  • Some experience of delivering engagement activities that help build or strengthen visitors’ connections with nature and the outdoors
  • Familiarity with machinery/equipment and practical certificates as required by the property




To find out more about the benefits we offer to support you, please click 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!


To find out more and apply, please click here 


Closing Date: 22 May 2019 

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