Seasonal Ranger

Organisation: The National Trust for Scotland

Salary: £23,595 - £24,913 pro-rata, per annum

Location: Grey Mare's Tail Nature Reservce

As part of the team which cares for our sites across the Scottish Borders, a Seasonal Ranger plays a crucial role in ensuring that our conservation ambitions go hand in hand with welcoming our local community and visitors from across the globe to this well-loved place.

To provide a warm and informative welcome for visitors to Grey Mare’s Tail nature reserve and be a passionate advocate of the site and the National Trust for Scotland. Giving our places a voice and improving the visitor experience for all.
You will work out in the landscape, on walking routes, in our parking areas, acting as an ambassador for the National Trust for Scotland, building awareness and support for our charity. You’ll leave those you meet with a desire to respect, protect and enjoy this special natural environment and an understanding of how they can help do this.

You will work on your own and with other staff and volunteers, on a variety of tasks to help us achieve the high presentation and habitat management standards expected of a National Trust for Scotland sites.

You will contribute to the long-term sustainability of our region through income generated at paid-for events, memberships and donations inspired by our work, growing our capacity through volunteers and cost-effective use of resources.

Combine responsibilities across the following areas of work with direct implementation yourself and by overseeing the work of others such as contractors, volunteers, and colleagues:
Nature conservation
 Survey wildlife and habitats and feed this knowledge into management decisions, marketing of natural heritage, and further development of our voice.
 Maintain and manage habitats, wildlife with the aim of protecting species and increasing biodiversity.
 Contribute to the planning and lead the delivery of practical conservation to deliver the outputs agreed in the property’s budget.

Visitor Services
 Provide information to visitors to encourage more visitors and help people get more out of their engagement with natural heritage. Give more back to it including “upselling” (e.g.: of membership) using face to face and by other means of interaction such as social media.
 Participate in a programme of estate patrols at busy times and locations, including weekends and evenings, to engage with tourists, outdoor activity enthusiasts and campers, championing a “leave no trace” culture and providing practical advice based on the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.
 Welcome customers in our car park in a friendly, efficient and knowledgeable manner, answering queries and providing information about the property, facilities and the local area.
 Contribute to the development and delivery of products that bring alive our stories, including on-site displays, self-guided trails, signage, guided walks, talks or other hands-on activities.
 Maintain countryside estate infrastructure at small, day to day scale (e.g. paths, gates, signs, vegetation management) to achieve ecological, visitor services and safety outcomes.
 Spending time in the interpretation trailer on site, delivering accurate and up to date information and providing a warm welcome.
 Assist with events such as public gatherings, NTS events and weddings.

Community engagement
 Communicate with local stakeholders, neighboring landowners, local businesses, local/regional agencies and others to increase understanding of their and our aims and develop collaborative working to help deliver our priorities.
 Develop and maintain sound relationships with representatives of key parties who have interests in the property including neighbours, local businesses, the local community and user groups.

 Provide educational and other outreach activities on site or to the community local to the natural heritage and to communities of interest, including for volunteers.

Other responsibilities
 Work with the wider Borders team and occasionally help with events and activities at other sites in the Borders cluster.
 Management of practical conservation and wildlife recording.
 Ensure that all activities undertaken are compliant with the Trust’s health and safety policies and procedures including the safe system of work (SSOW), and environmental policy and practices.
 Undertake general retail duties on occasion, including property enquiries and cashing handling. Suitable training will be provided.
 Manage contractors and supervise volunteers.
 Develop and deliver visitor safety in the countryside.
 Engagement and involvement with projects as required.

Application Deadline: Sunday 17/03/2024