Ranger - AlresfordSummary
The voice of our landscapes, conservation champions and lovers of all things outdoors, you’ll help to keep the British countryside at its best. Working in some of the nation’s most stunning places and spaces, come rain or shine, your love of the outdoors will inspire others as you strive to ensure that landscapes are beautifully presented and continue to take our visitors’ breath away.
This role is a 1 year fixed term post to support the Area Ranger implementing part of the ‘Re-Imagining A Hampshire Estate’ Project where we are bringing over 350ha of land back into our management at Hinton Ampner. Our intention is to transform our estate through a careful combination of nature recovery, conservation management and regenerative agriculture. A mosaic of species rich grasslands, scrub, wood pasture and woodlands will emerge, creating a much wilder estate for nature with more access that can be enjoyed by everyone. The first year of the project will see 34ha coming back in hand, we’ll be planting around 9,000 trees working with contractors and the local community to improve visitor access and create more outdoor opportunities for education. What it's like to work here
The Hinton Portfolio comprises of Hinton Ampner, Uppark House and Garden, Winchester City Mill and Ludshott and Selborne Commons. The portfolio is large and varied, covering the Western part of the South Downs National Park. In it we have 2 pay for entry sites with glorious mansions, priceless collections and stunning gardens; 1 city centre water mill which is free entry for everyone, still milling flour that we use in our café and sell to our visitors; and several pockets of beautiful countryside providing access to nature for everyone.
You’ll be mainly based from the stunning Hinton Ampner estate, a place of tranquility and the dream of one man, Ralph Dutton, who gifted the estate to the National Trust in 1985. Alongside this site, you and the wider ranger team will cover one of the largest remaining areas of heathland in east Hampshire, designated as a SSSI and a SPA at Ludshott Commons; and a further 267 acres of countryside around Selborne. What you'll be doing
With your endless passion for our work, you’ll help with the protection and care of habitats, wildlife, property and machinery, and your passion will inspire others to love this beautiful place as much as you do. We want you to engage with visitors, making time to talk to them and engage them in the work you’re doing.
You’ll also share and promote the work that we do here, ensuring special places like these are here to be both protected and enjoyed by everyone for ever. This will see you responding to queries and explaining the value of the work being undertaken. After all, your passion and dedication could fire the imagination that makes a visitor become a supporter for the rest of their life.
In relation to this particular project, this role will include, but not be limited to
- Assisting with the day-to-day management of contractors on site to help deliver the project to time and on budget
- Recruiting, training and managing a team of volunteers to both help with the delivery but also create a legacy of volunteering as part of our countryside management
- You’ll be involved with monitoring and surveying our botany, birds, bats and butterflies to help us understand how we are making a difference to the places we work
- Knowledge of countryside compliance is important to ensure our staff and volunteers are happy and safe in the work we’re doing.
- You’ll be working closely with our local community to engage them in our work and our long term vision, including local schools & colleges
- Working to improve the visitor journey, thinking of how our visitors will interact with the space and how we can ensure everyone feels welcome.
Whilst this role will be primarily based from Hinton Ampner, you will be a part the wider Ranger team that covers other countryside sites such as Ludshott & Selborne Commons. The role is extremely varied, no two days will be the same, but you will see a direct correlation between the work you’re doing and the habitat management of our areas, working for nature to flourish.
In this role, you may be expected to work some weekends, bank holiday and evenings but these will be agreed with you in good time.
Please also read the full role profile, attached to this advert. Who we're looking for
- Deliver practical conservation work to protect and enhance the conservation status of the property
- Demonstrate a passion for nature, heritage and the outdoors
- Able to engage with visitors to ensure they understand the value of your work
- Be an excellent team player
- Be able to work safely, with risk assessments and compliance with safety procedures
- Experience in a land, access and conservation management
- Experience in and working in a similar outdoor setting
- Competence with machinery and equipment as well as having the relevant certificates required
- A full UK driving licence
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
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