Area Ranger

National Trust

Area Ranger x 2

The voice of 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.

What it’s like to work here

We have two roles both working across Mid-Somerset. One covering sites on the Mendip Hills and the other looking after our Poldens, Coast and Levels properties. Both posts will be based out of the Barton Office at the eastern end of the Mendip ridge and part of the wider Somerset Coast & Countryside team.

Poldens, Coast & Levels

Stretching to 262ha this area hosts sites with a huge diversity rich in natural, cultural and historic heritage. Key sites include the two coastal headlands at Brean Down and Sand Point, important for their extensive limestone grassland, significant archaeology and prominence in the Severn Estuary.  Extensive woodland and calcareous grassland on the Polden Ridge including Collard Hill important for a range of invertebrates most notably the Large Blue Butterfly and the iconic, internationally renowned Glastonbury Tor steeped in history and legend and a mecca for visitors from all walks of life.

Mendip Hills

Covering 5 National Trust sites over 677ha within the Mendip Hills AONB. This area encompasses some fantastically rich places for wildlife including extensive areas of species rich limestone grassland, extensive areas of woodland and is home to special species including Cheddar Pink, Greater and Lesser Horseshoe bats and Dormice alongside a rich history spanning from the Mesolithic to modern day. Key sites include the karst landscape of Cheddar Gorge, extensive area of common land at Crook Peak and ancient woodland at King’s Wood.

These two diverse areas will provide every opportunity to test and grow your experience as a Ranger. If you are looking for exciting and challenging work in a beautiful outdoor setting, one of these roles could be ideal for you.

What you’ll be doing

As the Area Ranger you will manage a team of volunteers and coordinate countryside work across Mid-Somerset. Supported by the Countryside Manager, you will work alongside other departments in the property team to develop work programmes to deliver our site management plans. You will play a key role in undertaking day to day engagement and conservation work as well as involvement in project delivery. As such you will be a major contributor to realising our ambitions to improve NT land for nature and people in Somerset.

You will play the key role in maintaining excellent standards of presentation and property maintenance, successfully achieving Conservation Performance Indicator targets. You will build and maintain strong professional relationships with colleagues, contractors, tenants and neighbouring land managers.

Sites within the Mid-Somerset are increasingly popular places to visit and as such a key element of both roles will be as an advocate for the Trusts work within the local community and you will actively seek to engage and develop relationships with a wide range of both new and existing audiences.

Who we’re looking for

To deliver this role successfully, you will need to;

  • Have practical experience of countryside/rural skills
  • Have evidence of good people management and leadership
  • Have excellent communication skills including public presentation
  • Have strong organisational skills including work programming
  • Have a proven track record of managing and leading on health and safety and environmental compliance
  • Have a full UK Driving licence
  • Be able to manage contractors and small projects, including budgets.

And you’ll need to demonstrate the following experience on your CV/Application;

  • Diploma/NVQ3 or higher in countryside or environmental conservation
  • Have good wildlife identification skills
  • Habitat and species surveying experience
  • Empathy with, and significant experience of, working with volunteers

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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