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Area Ranger - Harrogate

The National Trust
Harrogate, North Yorkshire
26,832 pa
Closing date
29 May 2024

Job Details

Area Ranger - Harrogate


The voice of our landscapes, conservation champions and lovers of all things outdoors, you’ll help to keep the British countryside 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.

Hours: 37.5 Hour per week

Salary: £26832

Contract: Fixed until 01/06/2025

Interviews: 5th June

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What it's like to work here

A moorland plateau topped by a jumble of fantastically shaped rocks, Brimham Rocks can’t fail to delight and inspire.

The Idol, the Bear and the Druid’s writing desk are just some of the imaginative names granted to these amazing geological creations and visitors today travel from near and far to explore nature’s ultimate playground.

Home to rare species of heather and with a moorland habitat that supports a wide variety of wildlife, Brimham sits within the spectacular countryside of Nidderdale National Landscape.

Providing a fantastic visitor experience and ensuring nature thrives, together with a love of the great outdoors, is what makes the team tick here at this busy countryside property.

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What you'll be doing

As the Area Ranger you will manage a Ranger and team of volunteers at Brimham Rocks. 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 lead your team in undertaking engagement and conservation work, contributing towards the improvement of the SSSI land condition and meeting the requirements in the site's Countryside Stewardship Scheme agreement.

You will play the key role in maintaining excellent standards of presentation and property maintenance. You will be on the site's Duty Manager team rota which will include some weekend working. 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

  • Practical experience in land, access, and conservation management, preferably including delivery of small projects and supervision of contractors 
  • Experience of developing and delivering work programs to meet conservation and access outcomes 
  • Experience of leading and line managing teams of staff and/or volunteers 
  • Practical skills applied across a broad range of habitats and estate management, preferably with certification in chainsaw use, tractor driving, and towing trailers 
  • Able to work safely, leading on compliance including writing risk assessments as well as safety and environmental procedures 
  • Demonstrate a passion for nature and the outdoors - able to engage with visitors to help them understand the value of our work 
  • A full UK driving licence is essential.

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

• EV car lease scheme 

• Perks at work discounts such as 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 Trust places

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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