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£19,966 pa

Permanent f/t (37.5 hrs pw)


Ref: IRC69419




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.


This role will require you to work flexibly to provide regular cover at weekends and to work some evenings.


What it's like to work here


Ashridge contains the largest area of woodland managed in-hand by the National Trust and the one of the largest expanses of chalk grassland in the Chilterns. We look after over 1000 veteran trees and associated nationally important saproxylic invertebrate population, a thriving metapopulation of Duke of Burgundy butterflies, and are one of only a few sites in the country supporting Pasqueflower. With a highly designated landscape including SSSIs, an SAC and Grade II* listed Parkland, Ashridge is one of the most important National Trust properties in the Chilterns.


The Land Outdoors and Nature strategy provides us with an amazing opportunity to build on our strong foundation of nature conservation on the estate and across the wider landscape. Ashridge also includes working farms, an extensive network of footpaths and bridleways and a strong residential let estate. As a very popular open access property we run an extensive programme of visitor engagement activities and events throughout the year.


What you'll be doing


In this role you’ll blend practical countryside management tasks and delivery of our outdoors visitor engagement programme. You’ll work with a team of rangers and volunteers managing the chalk grassland and woodland habitats and helping to develop new plans for future conservation projects. You’ll maintain our extensive rights of way network, maintain visitor infrastructure and carry out wildlife surveys.


You’ll be heavily involved in the practical day to day habitat management and estate maintenance work, but you’ll also have a chance to feed into plans for the outdoors to maximise gains for nature.


With extensive experience of using machinery, you’ll be able to carry out repairs and maintenance of chainsaws, brushcutters and tractor mounted implements. You’ll ensure our resources are used efficiently and effectively.


You’ll be leading regular volunteer work parties and co-ordinating special interest volunteer groups, as well as participating in our busy events programme, including Easter trails and Big Camp weekends and leading themed guided walks. You’ll have the opportunity to take responsibility for small projects and will need to be confident dealing with difficult situations.


Who we're looking for


To be great in this role, you'll need to be able to:

  • Deliver practical conservation work to protect and enhance the conservation status of the property
  • Demonstrate a passion for nature, heritage and the outdoors
  • Engage with visitors to ensure they understand the value of your work
  • 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
  • Competence with machinery and equipment as well as having the relevant certificates required: use of chainsaws (CS30, 31), brushcutters, pedestrian mowers and tractors
  • A full UK driving licence and experience of off road driving
  • You need to be numerate and have great written and verbal communication skills
  • Proven track record of estate maintenance skills


The package


Looking after you

  • Health cash plan – from as little as £3.09 per month for you and your dependents
  • Pension contribution match up to 10%
  • EAP and proactive Health and Wellbeing
  • Discounted gym membership at over 100 leisure facilities across the country


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 Food & Beverage outlets
  • Discount up to 35% off a National Trust holiday cottage booking


Closing date: 14 September 2018


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