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National Trust

Lead Ranger

Location: Stonehenge Landscape, Stonehenge Cottages, SP4 7DD
Contract Type: Permanent
Reference/IRC: IRC150431
Closing Date: 21/04/2024
Salary: £30,966 per annum

This is a unique opportunity to be at the heart of this iconic and evolving landscape as hundreds of hectares of land are reverted to species rich chalk grassland protecting the outstanding archaeology and enhancing biodiversity for ever, for everyone.

You will line manage a ranger dedicated solely to the Stonehenge Landscape who will provide you with practical hands-on support for this multifaceted role. From the same base you will work alongside, and have regular contact with, the south Wiltshire Landscape countryside rangers and be able to draw on this additional ranger resource on a regular basis.

An essential part of this role will be a close working relationship with both internal and external stakeholders including our NT property archaeologists, nature conservation advisers and farm advisers as well as our farm contractors and graziers.

You will review and collate existing baseline data and instigate new surveys and monitoring to ensure that we keep a record of the changes and improvements we make.

You will produce and implement a dynamic grassland management strategy with a focus on protecting and enhancing the World Heritage Site and its archaeology of outstanding universal value whilst developing some of the best species rich chalk grassland in the UK.

In this role, you will work some weekends, bank holidays and evenings. A full UK driving licence will be essential to fulfil the requirements of this role.

We would like the successful candidate to have:

  • significant practical experience in relevant land, conservation and access management including an in-depth knowledge of grassland management creation and restoration including conservation grazing with both cattle and sheep.
  • a passion for the Stonehenge Landscape, its archaeology and ecology, and a desire to learn more about why this World Heritage Site is so important.
  • experience of implementing countryside stewardships schemes and other grant funding opportunities and a proven track record of managing budgets, finances and contracts.
  • farming knowledge and experience of working with farmers and farm contractors.
  • be an excellent communicator who can understand the knowledge and values that are important to a wide range of stakeholders.
  • strong leadership skills and experience of working with volunteers with good understanding of the different approaches needed to reward, recognise, and motivate volunteers.
  • significant experience of managing operational risk, including how to access and manage risk effectively.
  • knowledge of all H & S and Compliance requirements relevant to a countryside setting.

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Closing Date: 21/04/2024  Location: Stonehenge Landscape, Stonehenge Cottages, SP4 7DD

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