Area Ranger

This is one of those rare opportunities to join as a full time permanent Area Ranger for Nether Wasdale estate and the Wild Ennerdale partnership. Working in one of the most breath taking countryside portfolios in the National Trust – North & West Lakes and Cumbria, the birthplace of British mountaineering. 

This is a challenging and rewarding role balancing conservation, cultural landscape, estate maintenance, relationships with farmers and visitor engagement.  This role will include working with and through partner bodies such as Natural England, the Lake District National Park, and others so you’ll need experience in partnership working.

Would you like to know more before you apply? Please email me Neil at or phone me on 019467 26415.

What it's like to work here

As an Area Ranger in the West Lakes area you will be responsible for the maintenance and conservation management of a large area within the portfolio. 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 the land in our care is managed in a way which is sustainable, balancing conservation, farming and public access.

The area covers the Nether Wasdale estate as well as assisting in the work being carried out by the Wild Ennerdale Partnership – which includes some of the more remote but stunning areas of the Lake District, providing the inspiration for some of William Wordsworth’s best loved poems. The West Lakes area covers some of the Lake District’s highest mountains, Scafell Pike, Scafell and Great Gable.  We have England’s deepest and cleanest lake – Wastwater; significant areas of common land; areas of woodland; and 29 farms.

What you'll be doing

We want you to engage with visitors, making time to talk to them, not rushing away to the next task. As an easily identifiable member of the Ranger team, on your best day you will be creating lasting memories for everyone. With your endless passion for our work, you’ll help with the protection and care of habitats, wildlife, property and machinery, and your passion will inspire other to love this beautiful place as much as you do. 

So whether you’re maintaining our green spaces to assisting with guided visitor walks, through to delivering a wide range of engaging visitor experiences, no two days will be the same. You’ll also share and promote the work that we do here, ensuring special places like these are here to be both protected and enjoyed by everyone for ever. This will see you responding to queries and explaining the value of the work being undertaken. After all, your passion and dedication could fire the imagination that makes a visitor become a supporter for the rest of their life.

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
  • 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
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