Rangers play a hugely important role at the National Trust, thinking long term to look after our special places. Our new strategy for Land Outdoors and Nature means that we are investing in front line ranger services to help us deliver positive changes at a landscape scale. We are looking to recruit a Lead Ranger to join our team on the South Downs to ensure excellent, sustainable care and conservation is delivered across all of our countryside.What it's like to work here
You’ll be working amongst a mixture of sites and habitats, from Ditchling Beacon in the west, to Birling Gap in the east.
Your main base, Birling Gap, is part of the world famous Seven Sisters chalk cliffs, one of the longest stretches of undeveloped coastline on the south coast. Eroding at one metre per year, the sea creates unusual chalk platforms. With spectacular, unspoilt views of the sea, Birling Gap, the entry point for downland walks and cycle routes, also features a cliff side visitor centre, shop and café.
Beyond Birling Gap you will be working on areas of flower rich downland, woodland and river valleys. With stunning panoramic views these places are loved by many visitors throughout the year.What you'll be doing
This role involves being part of the Countryside Heads of Department team and working with the other Lead Rangers across the South Downs. You'll report directly to the Countryside Manager, and will manage a team of Rangers and volunteers, working closely with the commercial and visitor welcome team at Birling Gap.
As Lead Ranger, you'll be responsible for the management of a team of Rangers who care for our countryside properties. You’ll develop and coordinate a wide range of cyclical and response operations, commission specialist contractors and contribute to a programme of conservation and engagement projects. You'll use your leadership skills and experience in countryside management to drive forward our ambitious plans for conservation and visitor engagement.
You’ll put conservation at the heart of everything you do. You’ll be planning and delivering a programme of work to deliver our nature conservation ambitions, support our farm tenants and develop recreation and access opportunities across the property. And you’ll always be considering how we can reduce our human footprint on the environment with a long-term focus on care and sustainability.
Leading your team of staff and volunteers, you’ll also ensure every visitor receives a high quality, consistent welcome with access to our unique stories which bring this special place to life. You’ll be responsible for managing the budgets required to deliver this work and for protecting and enhancing the Trust’s assets and reputation. Due to the number of partner organisations, tenants, neighbours, activity providers and local stakeholders some of your time will be spent sharing our vision and working in partnership with others to help deliver it.
This role offers a great opportunity for someone with a balance of strong practical, engagement and management skills. Central to the role will be your ability to balance both the demands of managing and developing our countryside estate with those of a busy, high profile visitor environment.Who we're looking for
To deliver this role successfully, you’ll be a proven leader, proud to work in such a beautiful location and thrive on delivering exceptional care for our environment and our visitors. So, you’ll be;
- An experienced people manager with the ability to lead a team to deliver effectively
- An excellent communicator with experience in stakeholder management
- Experienced in project management
- Experienced in relevant land, conservation and access management
- Customer aware and take pride on delivering excellent customer service
- Organised and self-motivated, confidently able to manage a demanding workload with competing pulls on your time
- Confident in managing budgets, finances and contracts
- Knowledgeable in health and safety requirements and other compliance issues relating to the countryside and visitor activities
Looking after you
- Health cash plan - from as little as £3.09 per month for you and your dependents
- Pension contribution match up to 10%
- EAP and proactive Health and Wellbeing
- Discounted gym membership at over 100 leisure facilities across the country
Looking after your career
- Grow your career through professional training courses across the Trust
- Develop your skills with an internal secondment
- Pay review linked to values and behaviours, commitment to progression
- Income protection due to illness
Unique to Us
- Work in some of the most beautiful, iconic and unique locations in the UK
- Free entry to NT properties for you, a guest and your children (under 18)
- 20% off in our Retail and Food & Beverage outlets
- Discount up to 35% off a National Trust holiday cottage booking
- Budget Management
- Management Experience
- Health & Safety
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