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National Trust

Area Recreation Ranger with accommodation

Location: Cragside, Rothbury, Morpeth, NE65 7PX

Contract Type: Fixed term contract / full time

Reference/IRC: IRC139677

Closing Date: 04/06/2023

Salary: £30,000pa

This is not one of our typical Area Ranger roles, please do read fully to understand the nature of this role.

In this hands-on role, you will enjoy leading and working alongside your team outdoors to ensure this special grade 1 registered landscape continues to be managed and presented to the highest possible standards for our visitors to enjoy. You'll also play your part in ensuring the visitor infrastructure and facilities are well maintained.

Imagine walking to work! No travel costs! As one of our key representatives, you'll live on the estate in our beautiful newly renovated 2-bedroom cottage and you'll be on a rota to provide out of hours cover for the property. This rota for the key rep role is Wednesday – Saturday. The accommodation is provided rent-free, and your council tax will be covered by the Trust.

What you'll be doing

As the Area Recreation Ranger, you will manage a team of staff and volunteers responsible for all the practical work needed to deliver the estate maintenance plan on the estate. At Cragside, the ranger team has a greater focus on landscape presentation, opening operations and the enjoyment of visitors in the great outdoors, than on land and nature conservation.

Yours will be a pivotal, strenuous role in maintaining the excellent standards of maintenance, presentation, access, security, and customer service that underpin` a visitor experience worthy of one of the north east’s major visitor attractions.

It is a hugely varied job, from maintaining footpaths/signage and managing vegetation, setting your volunteers off to clear gullies, renewing timber barriers and inspecting the play areas. With an estate open all-year round, maintaining access for visitors and residents will be your top priority, not least during the winter when your team may be out clearing snow and gritting.

You'll be leading a team of 2 regular rangers and 3 seasonal assistant rangers, along with some great volunteers. You'll also line manage the facilities co-ordinator and 4 general cleaners who are responsible for cleaning and minor maintenance on the estate, from toilets to historic spaces.

A natural ambassador for the National Trust, you will be responsible for ensuring a wide range of audiences receive the highest standard of service. Your team act as the estate’s first responders You will build and maintain strong professional relationships with colleagues, contractors, tenants, and neighbouring landowners.

For further information and to apply, please click here 

Closing Date: 04/06/2023  Location: Cragside, Rothbury, Morpeth, NE65 7PX

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