Ranger Jobs Vacancy at National Trust Seahouses
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Ranger Jobs Vacancy at National Trust Seahouses Jobs Details:
Working as part of the Northumberland Coast portfolio property team, you'll help manage the Farne Islands, a small island group off the coast of Northumberland. The role will involve working on all aspects of management of the Islands, including living and working on the islands for 9 months of the year with the other 3 months solely based on the mainland.
The role will include regular weekend, evening, early morning and bank holiday working on a rota basis.
Though the main focus of this role will be on the Farne Islands the role will also involve working on the mainland with the wider countryside team on occasion, including working with the wider property on the Northumberland Coast.
During the Farne closed season
December to March you'll work on the mainland base at the Rangers office near Low-Newton-by-the-Sea. Y
ou’ll also need to be able to come to the mainland office to work on a regular basis.
You’ll need to travel to training when required in relation to health and safety, management skills, member recruitment and occasionally attend other meetings.
What it's like to work here: The Farne Islands, situated a short distance off the Northumberland Coast, are one of Europe’s most important nature reserves, attracting a significant number of visitors every year. The Islands are one of the country’s most important breeding seabird colonies. Notified as a Site of Special Scientific Interest in 1951 (revised 1983), they achieved National Nature Reserve status in 1993.
Also notified as a Special Area of Conservation and Special Protection Area, they sit within the Northumberland Coast AONB and the Berwickshire and North Northumberland Coast European Marine Site. The islands are home to 24 nesting species of birds including 39,962 breeding pairs of puffins. Eider, Sandwich tern, common tern, Arctic tern, guillemot and puffin have populations of national/international significance. The Islands are also home to around 8,000 Atlantic grey seals; over 2,000 grey seal pups were born in 2017. Research into the grey seal populations started in 1950 and continues to this day, making it the longest running seal research programme in Britain.
The Farnes were acquired by the National Trust in 1925. The island group is made up of 25 individual islands at low tide reducing to about 18 at high tide. The key islands are Inner Farne (16 acres), on which there is a lighthouse and cottages, a Pele tower and St Cuthbert’s chapel. The Celtic Christian saint, Cuthbert, lived on Inner Farne for eleven years until his death in 687. In addition to Inner Farne, Staple Island is also open to the public at key times of year for access to breeding seabirds. Nearby Brownsman Island has the remains of an old lighthouse tower and a cottage - once lived in by the Victorian heroine Grace Darling, this now forms part of the Ranger accommodation. The working lighthouse on Longstone Island is still owned by Trinity House.
From a management perspective The Farne Islands are part of the National Trust’s Northumberland Coast portfolio that includes the Farnes, Lindisfarne Castle, two inland sites of Ros Castle and St Cuthbert’s Cave, and 13 miles of iconic coast over a 40 mile stretch. Between May and August the coast team also manage one of the country’s leading tern nesting sites at the Long Nanny between Beadnell and Low Newton – this has recently become the biggest mainland colony of breeding Arctic terns in the country. Beside the island ranger team, the wider Farne islands team includes the retail team at Seahouses shop, our offsite membership recruitment team based on Seahouses harbour, a Countryside Manager, Visitor Experience Manager and General Manager.
In 2017 the Farne Islands attracted over 47,000 visitors. Visitors are brought to the islands by independent boat companies (the National Trust does not run its own boats). Two of the islands are open to the public. Inner Farne is open to the public at specific times from April to October. Staple Island is open to the public on mornings from May through July.
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What you'll be doing: As a Ranger you'll work closely with the other island Ranger, Countryside Manager and mainland Rangers and Volunteers.
You’ll help train and supervise a team of Seasonal Assistant Rangers and Voluntary Rangers.
Due to the staff supervision responsibility of
this role, strong people skills are essential and you'll lead the Assistant Ranger team day to day selling National Trust membership to achieve sales targets. Excellent cash handling and organisational skills will also be needed
as you’ll be responsible for the weekly cash up, visitor returns and membership reporting.
The role will involve extensive engagement with our visitors on a daily basis, so they can experience and understand the islands, gaining supporters for the work we do.
You’ll enable everyone to feel welcome and to have outstanding and inspirational experiences of our conservation work.
You'll also coach the team in manning and stocking the visitor centre, welcoming people to the islands and giving visitor talks and general engagement.
As well as public engagement you'll undertake a wide range of practical tasks including habitat management, access management, and anything which crops up with living and working on an island.
Species monitoring is very important on the Farne Islands and you’ll lead the team in data collection and collation, using this to complete the annual Farne Islands report and contribute to national data sets. You’ll also help with new scientific studies that help contribute to the management of the island, alongside universities and students.
Working alongside partners and stakeholders in the local community, you’ll communicate with other organisations, protecting and enhancing the Trust’s assets and reputation.
The unique job of working and living on an island in a small, sometimes isolated, community will mean you'll need to have the ability to work as part of a close-knit team. You'll be outgoing, have initiative, confidence and an open mind.
The role is a physically demanding one within a challenging environment, and Rangers will be required to work outdoors throughout the contract, on rugged terrain using brushcutters and other equipment.
The role requires an element of both team and lone working and a flexible and professional working approach is necessary to meet the demands of the role.
Please also read the full role profile, and extra information about the island accommodation, attached to this advert.
Who we're looking forThis role offers a real opportunity to get first hand practical experience working in an internationally important wildlife habitat on one of the country’s finest coastlines.
not only focusses on nature conservation but also covers selling and membership recruitment, as well as the opportunity to supervise a team.
So to excel, you’ll need to;
Have experience of survey and monitoring work (particularly seabirds)
Demonstrate a passion for nature, heritage and the outdoors and be able to share that passion with visitors
Have excellent data management skills
Have experience supervising a team
Have experience of selling to targets
Be an excellent team player
Be able to work safely, with risk assessments and compliance with safety procedures
Have experience in a land, access and conservation management
Have experience in and working in a similar outdoor setting
Have competence with machinery and equipment as well as having the relevant certificates required, including navigation of small vessels at sea
Have a full UK driving licence and be able to travel around the Northumberland Portfolio
The packageLooking after you
Health cash plan – from as little as £2.81 per month for you and your dependents
Pension contribution match up to 10%
EAP and proactive Health and Wellbeing
Discounted gym membership
Looking after your career
Grow your career through professional training courses across the Trust
Develop your skills with an internal secondment
Pay review linked to values and behaviours, commitment to progression
Income protection due to illness
Unique to Us
Work in some of the most beautiful, iconic and unique locations in the UK
Free entry to NT properties for you, a guest and your children (under 18)
20% off in our retail and catering outlets
Discount up to 35% off a National Trust holiday cottage booking