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£24,844 pa

Permanent f/t (37.5 hrs pw)

Sevenoaks, Kent

Ref: IRC84682




The voice of our landscapes, conservation champions and lovers of all things outdoors, youíll help to keep the British countryside and coast wonderful. Working in some of Kentís 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 visitorsí breath away.


We are looking for an Area Ranger to join our established Countryside Team, caring for nine exceptional sites across the County, focussed upon Ightham Mote. If you are passionate about improving habitats, enhancing biodiversity and encouraging wildlife, whilst managing access for all, then this is the post for you!


What it's like to work here


The estate at Ightham Mote encompasses 300 acres of tenanted farmland and 200 acres of woodland, both rich in wildlife. The Ightham Mote group also cares for Oldbury Hill, an Iron Age Hillfort and woodland at One Tree Hill, which are designated Sites of Special Scientific Interest. 2020 marks the 700 year anniversary of Ightham Mote; as part of the celebrations you will play an important part in engaging wider audiences to raise awareness of the vital conservation work that we do.


Supported by our Lead Ranger, you will work closely with your fellow Area Rangers to share knowledge and promote best practice as a productive and energetic team. You will strive to grow volunteer involvement in all that we do seeking new ways to engage the local community.


Visitors lose themselves in this romantic moated manor house, described by David Starkey as 'one of the most beautiful and interesting of English country houses'. Ightham Mote, built nearly 700 years ago, has seen many changes and been owned by Medieval knights, courtiers to Henry VIII and high society Victorians. The house and gardens are surrounded by a stunning historic estate. We continue to seek to make everyone feel welcome and to better connect them with the outdoors. The team provide a fantastic visitor experience and in joining this team, youíll become part of the family too.


What you'll be doing


As the Area Ranger you will manage a small team looking after the Ightham Mote estate, Oldbury Hill and One Tree Hill. Supported by the Lead Ranger, you will manage an effective and flexible work programme for you and your team. You will support your fellow Rangers in undertaking engagement and conservation work, fulfilling our Estate Management Plan, Land, Outdoors and Nature objectives.


You will play the key role in maintaining excellent standards of presentation and property maintenance, successfully achieving Conservation Performance Indicator targets. Youíll build and maintain strong professional relationships with colleagues, contractors, tenants and neighbouring land managers, building partnerships, whilst broadening and diversifying our audiences.


Youíll be responsible for helping with excellent communication of our conservation work to a wide range of audiences, both new and existing, through events, guided walks and engagement with local communities. You will appreciate the need for our countryside sites to bring in income, so your business ideas will play an important part in the teamís success.


Who we're looking for


To deliver this role successfully, you will need to;

  • Have practical experience of countryside/rural skills
  • Have evidence of good people management and leadership
  • Have excellent communication skills including public presentation
  • Have strong organisational skills including work programming
  • Have a proven track record of managing and leading on health and safety and environmental compliance
  • Have a full UK Driving licence
  • Be able to manage contractors and small projects, including budgets.
  • And you'll need to demonstrate the following experience on your CV/Application;
  • Habitat management experience in woodland
  • Good wildlife identification skills
  • Use of chainsaws (CS30, 31 & 32) is desirable
  • Empathy with, and significant experience of, working with volunteers
  • Tree safety management experience would be an advantage




Benefits include flexible working whenever possible plus free parking at most locations. Youíll 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, a loan towards rental deposits 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 for this role, please click here


Closing date: 19th September 2019


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