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Lead Ranger - Wilmslow

The National Trust
Wilmslow, Cheshire
30,000 pa
Closing date
18 May 2022
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Lead Ranger - Wilmslow


We’re delighted that following a successful internal move for our current Lead Ranger, we have an exciting opportunity for someone to join the Property Leadership team at Quarry Bank and Nether Alderley Mill. You’ll have the chance to make your mark in driving forwards our land and nature ambitions; in particular our property response to climate change and continuously improving the way we look after our land and habitats for nature and people. Quarry Bank is a truly unique property with its fascinating mixture of industrial heritage, social history and beautiful gardens, woodland and countryside, which is why this is such a great opportunity. If you’re all about delivering great conservation alongside inspiring people through your leadership then this is the role for you.

 An assessment day will be held on Thursday 9th June and we look forward to receiving your application.

What it's like to work here

Quarry Bank’s a great place to work as it’s a lively property open to the public 7 days a week. As a team, we're all really passionate about conservation, access, inclusivity and making sure that everyone who comes into contact with us has a great welcome and fantastic experience.We’re a dynamic and friendly group of 115 full and part time staff and nearly 500 volunteers working together to share the unique and varied stories of our special place. As Lead Ranger, in addition to being a key member of the Property Leadership team, you’ll also be working as part of your own team to cover a 7 day rota. You can expect to work approximately 1 weekend in 4, including taking your turn as the Duty Ranger on site. You’ll be leading our Area Ranger, Rangers and a committed team of volunteers onsite and working alongside a team of expert consultants in the region and nationally. It’s hard work, but a rewarding role and a lot of fun too!

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What you'll be doing

You’ll be responsible for getting the best out of the team to ensure the delivery our Estate management plan. It’s a busy and varied role which requires you to prioritise your time between office based work and practical tasks. You’ll be expected to be organised in staying on top of the compliance requirements for the role whilst looking for opportunities to develop and enhance the conservation status of the property and engage visitors with our important work. It’s a big task, but at a site brimming with potential, you’ll really have a chance to make a difference and create a lasting legacy.  

Who we're looking for

We’re looking for someone with real enthusiasm and demonstrable passion for the outdoors, but with a thorough understanding of the need to see the bigger picture and work well as part of a team at this complex and fascinating property. The successful candidate should have significant practical experience in land, conservation and access management. You’ll also have excellent knowledge of all health and safety requirements relevant to a countryside setting with experience of managing operational risk. You’ll need to demonstrate exceptional people skills with the ability to lead, coach support and manage teams of staff and volunteers as well as building relationships with internal and external stakeholders. Experience of drawing up grant scheme and external funding applications as well as managing budgets would be an advantage.

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

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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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