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National Trust

Lead Ranger

Location: Bath, Somerset

Contract Type: Permanent/Full-time (37.5 hours per week)

Reference/IRC: IRC152197

Closing Date: 26/05/2024

Salary: £30,966 per annum

The Bath Skyline is a UNESCO World Heritage Site setting, only 1 of 2 World Heritage cities that includes the surrounding landscape within the designation. It contains high quality biodiversity within its habitats, significant trees, woodlands and a vast history of human settlement in Bath. It is a highly visited and loved countryside on the doorstep to so many residence and has accessible walks such as the Family Discovery Trail and play area connecting community to countryside.

What it’s like to work here:

Bath Skyline and Bathampton Meadows are set within the city of Bath, creating a green backdrop to the city landscape. You have a great opportunity to get to know the local community and get to enough the benefits of the city. Even within the urban context there is a huge diversity to manage from Ancient Woodland, Priority habitat hay meadows, Veteran trees, floodplain meadows, Scheduled Ancient Monuments, historic vistas and care for the the most downloaded walking route in the National Trust.

What you’ll be doing:

You will lead a small team of staff and volunteer rangers for nature conservation in the Bath countryside which includes Bath Skyline, Little Solsbury Hill and Bathampton Meadows. You will need to plan conservation tasks on the Bath Skyline, engage with the volunteer team on wildlife surveying, practical tasks and public messaging. The lead ranger will hold the relationship with our 2 tenant farmers and the grazing contracts and work with our estate management team to ensure we deliver to the standard required in our Countryside Stewardship agreement. You will also work closely with our Project Manager for Bathampton Meadows to ensure we are delivering tasks for nature conservation and public access. As the leader for the Bath countryside you will be able to influence the strategy and future planning for the Bath Skyline.

Who we’re looking for:

  • Significant practical experience in relevant land, conservation and access management, supported by appropriate qualifications to level 5 (or equivalent experience)
  • Proven track record of planning activities which ensure great visitor experience within a countryside setting.
  • Leadership skills including coaching, team development, motivation and communication.
  • Experience of working with volunteers with good understanding of the different approaches needed to reward, recognise and motivate volunteers.
  • Excellent people skills enabling strong relationships externally and internally to be built and maintained.
  • Experience of leading a culture of exceptional customer service. Record of setting and delivering performance targets.

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Closing Date: 26/05/2024  Location: Bath, Somerset

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