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Lake District National Park Authority

Lake Ranger (Seasonal)

We’re hiring a seasonal Lake Ranger to deliver a professional and welcoming service to promote a safe and enjoyable experience for users of our fantastic lakes in the Lake District National Park.

This full-time seasonal role is for 10 months of the year, from January to October. The Lake Rangers’ rota follows a 4 day on, 4 day off shift pattern which includes weekends and Bank Holidays, with early starts and late finishes in the high summer visitor season.

What’s it like to work here?

Our small team of Lake Rangers, including casual staff and volunteers, are part of the wider national park Ranger Teams. Their base is Ferry Nab, Windermere with the office and boathouse situated on the Windermere waterfront. You’ll also work the other navigable lakes, Coniston Water, Ullswater and Derwentwater.

The role

The role is based mainly on the water in the busier summer and autumn months, talking to lake users and helping to promote our water safety campaign.

Other duties and responsibilities will be:

  • To provide friendly assistance, advice, guidance and education to all lake users and the public using our navigable lakes, which include Windermere, Coniston Water, Ullswater and Derwentwater.
  • Assisting in the recovery or rescue of craft and people and playing a responsive role in the delivery of the Lakes Emergency Plans.
  • To promote understanding and enjoyment of the National Park.
  • To supervise and coordinate activities with volunteers, contractors, and fellow staff.

There will be occasions when you will need to enforce the lake byelaws, so having an ability and some experience of this would be useful.

About you

You will be good at problem solving and be able to use your own initiative. You will also be enthusiastic about making a difference to our visitors experience on the water, and their safety whilst on the lakes.

Royal Yacht Association (RYA) Powerboat qualifications will add to good boat handing experience and ideally, you’ll also have some experience of practical boat maintenance.

Please read the attached role profile for the full person specification on this post.

Working with us, you’ll enjoy

  • Generous Pension Scheme
  • Free car parking permit
  • Paid time off so you can volunteer
  • Subsidised healthcare scheme
  • Commitment to wellbeing


For an informal chat and to find out more, please contact Steve Gaskell (Ranger Team Leader) on 07887 754285 or a Lake Ranger (either Ronnie or Jack) on 07768320241


Apply here

Closing date for applications is midnight on Sunday 3 March.

Closing Date: 03/03/2024  Location: Bowness-on-Windermere

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