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Area Ranger - Cheltenham

The National Trust
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
27,000 pa
Closing date
13 Dec 2023

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Area Ranger - Cheltenham


This is a crucial role delivering for nature and access at one of our key sites. And as one of seven Area Rangers within the Cotswolds Countryside, you’ll be responsible for leading and managing a team of Rangers ensuring excellent standards of care, presentation and conservation work across some nationally and internationally important sites. You will also look beyond our boundaries and work with partners, tenants and stakeholders. 

Salary: £27,000 per annum

Contract/ Hours: Permanent /37.5 hours per week

What it's like to work here

The Cotswolds is an amazing place to work and we care for a real diverse range of sites. The area has a rich history and you will experience this through the landscape, the communities and the built environment. From internationally important grassland and woodland to key Roman sites and Grade I listed buildings and parkland, there's a lot to get excited about. That's why our team is so motivated and enthusiastic. There's a lot going on and a great team getting on with it! Always ready to go the extra mile and support colleagues to achieve great things. This is a wonderful opportunity and a really fulfilling role for someone with the skills, interests and experience to make an impact and lead with enthusiasm, pace and passion.

What you'll be doing

As the Area Ranger you will manage a small team of Rangers working like you throughout the portfolio: following the lead from the Property’s Business Plan you will build and manage an effective and flexible work programme for you and your team. You will support your fellow rangers in undertaking engagement and conservation work, contributing towards HLS (Higher Level Stewardship) targets.

You will play the key role in maintaining excellent standards of presentation and property maintenance and planning and delivering ambitious projects, contributing to funding applications as appropriate. You will build and maintain strong professional relationships with colleagues, contractors, tenants and neighbouring land managers.

You’ll also be responsible for helping with excellent communication of our conservation work to a wide range of audiences, both new and existing, through events, guided walks and engagement with local communities. You will appreciate the need for our countryside sites to bring in income, so your business ideas will play an important part in the team’s success.

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; 
  •  Have practical experience of countryside/rural skills including certification in chainsaw use, tractor driving and towing trailers and a full UK Driving licence.
  •  Have evidence of good people management and leadership, including the supervision of contractors and volunteers. 
  •  Demonstrate a passion for nature and knowledge of systems and processes for species monitoring.
  •  Have excellent communication skills including negotiating and influencing. 
  •  Have strong organisational skills including work programming. 
  •  Be able to work safely, leading on compliance including writing risk assessments as well as safety and environmental procedures.
  •  Work with partners to deliver nature outcomes. 
 And you'll need to demonstrate the following experience on your CV/Application; 
  •  Diploma/NVQ3 or higher, or equivalent experience, in countryside or environmental conservation.

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 places 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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