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Lead Ranger - Wimborne

The National Trust
Wimborne, Dorset
30,225 pa
Closing date
29 Mar 2023

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Lead Ranger - Wimborne



Rangers play a crucial role at the National Trust and are pivotal in helping look after our special places, for everyone, forever. You'll be leading the Ranger team at Kingston Lacy at an exciting time and driving forward both great conservation and an outstanding experience for visitors in our outdoor spaces.

This is a fixed term role to aid delivery of ambitious Land, Outdoors and Nature targets; for more detailed information and a chat about the role, please get in touch with Eleanor Egan, Countryside Manager. This role offers a great secondment development opportunity for someone who already has experience of leading a Ranger and volunteer team with strong practical skills.

Our colleagues work for the National Trust in many locations and sometimes don't have easy access to internal vacancy listings. Using the internet ensures we can reach as many of our colleagues as possible. We appreciate that this can be frustrating for external talent. Do note that some roles are released externally after an initial period of time.

What it's like to work here

As the Lead Ranger for Kingston Lacy, you’ll be joining our passionate team to become a voice of our landscapes, a conservation champion, and a lover of all things outdoors. You will be working with a driven and highly motivated team at the forefront of the National Trust’s ambitious nature recovery targets for Kingston Lacy.  The estate covers a total of 8,500 acres, and contains a huge variety of habitats from parkland, woodland, chalk downland and heathland and is crossed by miles of footpaths and bridleways. The outstanding art collection is one of the main attractions to the beautiful Italian-inspired mansion with its rare collection of artefacts. The property has a rural location, so it’s likely you will require your own transport to get here.

For more information about our property please visit

What you'll be doing

Your role will be to manage our fantastic ranger team in their day-to-day work to deliver more for land and nature. You will be responsible for achieving nature restoration targets on our in-hand land, overseeing forestry works and enhancing our visitor offer at our outdoor sites. Reporting to the Countryside Manager, you will aid delivery of ambitious nature focused projects across the estate.

You'll have delegated responsibility for managing budgets - operational and project - that are required to deliver this work and for protecting and enhancing the Trust’s assets and reputation. Already a strong leader, you're looking for the next step. You'll need extensive knowledge of land management and a track record of delivering to a high standard, ensuring compliance with health and safety and be able to balance managing and developing our countryside estate, with the demands of a busy, high profile visitor environment.

Who we're looking for

To deliver this role successfully, you’ll be a proven leader who is confident and outgoing. You will be highly motivated to deliver great people management, a quality nature conservation management and an exceptional visitor experience. 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

•         Enthusiastic, knowledgeable, inspiring, great with people and comfortable working with people of all ages and backgrounds

•         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

•         Holder of 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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