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Area Ranger - Berkhamstead

The National Trust
26,500 pa
Closing date
18 May 2022
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Area Ranger - Berkhamstead


This is a fantastic opportunity for an experienced Ranger with a balance of leadership and practical skills to further your career through taking on new challenges and responsibilities.

Working with an enthusiastic team, you'll lead the daily delivery of our habitat management work across 1,000 acres of countryside and look for ways we can improve management in future. You'll help to achieve our plans for further habitat restoration and creation.

What it's like to work here

The Bedfordshire Countryside properties are comprised of chalk grassland SSSIs perched on prominent hilltops along the chalk ridges of the Chiltern Hills. Other habitats include commons, woodland and parkland. With a variety of scheduled monuments and the grade II garden at Whipsnade Tree Cathedral, no two days are the same.

You'll be based at Dunstable and Whipsnade Downs, and you'll also care for our properties at Totternhoe Knolls, Sharpenhoe Clappers, Sundon Hills, Whipsnade Tree Cathedral and Morven Park. Reporting to the portfolio Countryside Manager you'll be involved in many aspects of conservation and land management. There are a range of training opportunities available to the right candidate and you'll draw on many years' experience of conservation management within the existing management team.

What you'll be doing

As our new Area Ranger, you'll lead a team of two full time Rangers and established volunteer groups. You'll plan and co-ordinate our habitat monitoring programmes across the Bedfordshire properties, manage contractors, and work with local tenant farmers to expand our current conservation grazing programme. Working with the Countryside Manager, you'll achieve large-scale habitat restoration and priority habitat creation projects. You'll have the support of two Area Rangers within the wider portfolio and will work with your peers across the region. This role would be a great development opportunity for someone with practical skills looking to develop their leadership experience.

Please also read the full role profile attached to this advert.

Who we're looking for

To deliver this role successfully, you will need to; 
  • Experienced in relevant land, conservation and practical habitat management including on SSSI's, SAM's and commons 
  • Organised and motivated, you'll manage a demanding workload with competing pulls on your time 
  • Knowledgeable in health and safety requirements and other compliance issues relating to the countryside and visitor activities 
  • Trained in the use of brush-cutter, tractor driving and chainsaw. 
  • Work's well within the wider team to identify and progress engagement opportunities 
  • You'll participate in weekend working rota and occasional evenings. 
  • Experienced in people management including working with volunteers

The package

The National Trust has the motto ‘For everyone, for ever’ at its heart. We’re working hard to create an inclusive culture, where everyone feels they belong. It’s important that our people reflect and represent the diversity of the communities and audiences we serve. We welcome and value difference, so when we say we’re for everyone, we want everyone to be welcome in our teams too.

Wherever you’re from, and whatever your background, we want to hear from you – and it doesn’t matter if you’re jam first, cream first, or even if you don’t like scones at all. Everyone is welcome.

Benefits for working at the National Trust include:

  • Flexible working whenever possible
  • Free parking at most locations
  • Free entry to our properties for you, a guest and your children (under 18)
  • Substantial pension scheme of up to 10% basic salary

Click here to find out more about the benefits we offer to support you.


The National Trust is committed to promoting and preserving those places of natural beauty and historic interest for which it has the privilege to be responsible for the benefit of the nation, for everyone for ever.

The Trust is proud of what has been achieved over the last 126 years and is determined to maintain those high standards of conservation, stewardship and curatorial care for which it has been recognised throughout the world.

Its achievements have enabled the general public and the Trust’s members and visitors to enjoy and appreciate the countryside, coastline, gardens, historic buildings and collections, all of which encapsulate so much of the history of England, Wales and Northern Ireland. There is a duty to tell that history in a complete, balanced and accurate way, and without judgement.

The National Trust continues as a guardian of the past, and for the future, to uphold its duty to maintain and enhance what has been entrusted to its care.

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