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Lead Ranger - Seaton

The National Trust
Seaton, Devon
29,640 pa
Closing date
8 Feb 2023

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Lead Ranger - Seaton


A 12 month opportunity to work with a small friendly team in the coast & countryside property of Branscombe, East Devon.

Our landscapes, conservation champions and lovers of all things outdoors, you’ll help to keep the British countryside and coast wonderful. 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.

Please note this role will commence from March.

What it's like to work here

East Devon is a varied property, caring some exceptional places. Our countryside sites predominately range along the south coast of East Devon, covering around 750 hectares. Within this wide-ranging property, we conserve; Sections of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, Special Sites of Scientific Interest, ancient hill forts, species rich grasslands, and diverse woodlands. The coastal properties are characterised by their cliffs, undercliffs and deep, wooded coombes.

Branscombe, nestling at the junction of three valleys is a classic example of an East Devon coastal village, where the Trust owns a water mill, forge and former bakery. The post will be based here, in the East Devon Countryside office in the heart of the picturesque village. Our Ranger will play a pivotal role in delivering our nature conservation plans. Engaging and inspiring our volunteer teams, working with the local communities, realising potential and grasping opportunities.

What you'll be doing

There will be opportunities to grow our teams of volunteers and work more closely with the communities we work in. The small friendly team includes a Lead Ranger, Area Ranger, Ranger and Seasonal ranger/long term volunteers. They are supported by a volunteer administrator, practical volunteer ranger groups, and volunteer guides at Shute Barton and Branscombe Mill. You are also part of a wider portfolio team which provides administrative, compliance, estate management, buildings advice, visitor experience and marketing support.

You'll assist in leading volunteer work parties and play a part in delivering high quality visitor experience through contributing to the events programme. Working within the ranger team you will help deliver the property work programme, managing two regular work parties a week to deliver great site presentation and work towards our nature conservation objectives.

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

Who we're looking for

Our team believe that people deserve more than just ‘good service’, but an amazing experience they’ll never forget, and we are looking for like-minded people to join us. We'd love to hear from you if you can:
  • Deliver practical conservation work to protect and enhance the conservation status of the property
  • 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 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.

  • Substantial pension scheme of up to 10% basic salary
  • Free entry to National Trust properties for you, a guest and your children (under 18)
  • Tax free childcare scheme
  • Rental deposit loan scheme
  • Season ticket loan
  • Perks at work discounts i.e. gym memberships, shopping discount codes, cinema discounts
  • Holiday allowance up to 32 days relating to length of service, plus holiday purchase scheme, subject to meeting minimum criteria.
  • Flexible working whenever possible
  • Employee assistance programme
  • Free parking at most locations
  • Independent financial advice

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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