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National Trust

Assistant Ranger

Location: Murlough, Stableyard, Murlough, Dundrum, BT33 0NQ

Contract Type: Fixed Term 01 Oct 2023

Reference/IRC: IRC138872

Closing Date: 28/05/2023

Salary: £10.78 per hour


With a love for the great outdoors, you’ll enjoy working with nature and want to inspire and motivate others. You’ll help to make habitats for wildlife better and make everyone feel welcome at our places.

Provisionally week commencing 29th June for the interviews

What it's like to work here

This role is based at Murlough National Nature Reserve in Dundrum, close to the seaside town of Newcastle in County Down. The Ranger team includes 2 Assistant Rangers, and you will report to the Area Ranger. Murlough is a 6000 year old sand dune system, with a network of paths through the dunes, woodland and heath. Fronted by a four mile long, golden sand beach, set beneath the Mourne Mountains. Your role will support the delivery of our Blue Flag beach status, maintaining the beach and nature reserve, whilst engaging with visitors about our conservation work.

What you'll be doing

As Assistant Ranger, you’ll undertake varied tasks in countryside and visitor management. This will include nature conservation working to make habitats better for wildlife, waste management, engaging with visitors, site inspections, routine practical maintenance, supporting volunteers, and helping to deliver activities that strengthen people’s connections with the outdoors. From picking up litter to leading walks and talks you will be a vital member of the Ranger team.

As no two days are the same, a flexible approach is crucial to ensure the right level of support is given across the site. So, whether you’re maintaining our green spaces or talking to people, you’ll inspire others to love our beautiful places as much as you do.

Due to the nature of the role and the size of the property, a full UK driving license (or equivalent) is essential. Weekend and Bank Holiday working will be expected.

Who we're looking for

We’d love to hear from you if you are:

  • Able to demonstrate practical experience in land, conservation and access management to level 2 or have 6 months vocational experience
  • Willing to work outside in all weathers and deliver tasks when the weather conditions aren’t ideal
  • Comfortable working in a flexible and adaptable way
  • Able to work alone or under direction, and as part of a team
  • Positive with an approachable attitude
  • Happy and willing to learn new things
  • Enjoy the work you do and happy to share this with others

Apply here

Closing Date: 28/05/2023  Location: Murlough, Stableyard, Murlough, Dundrum, BT33 0NQ

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