Volunteer Ranger in South East Cornwall

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Name:
Steve
Job:
Full Time Volunteer Ranger
Location:
South East Cornwall

My name's Steve and I am a full time volunteer for the National Trust and I love it.

What do I do? Lots of things. More importantly is why I do it. Being a full time volunteer for the National Trust is a fantastic opportunity to get first hand experience in practical environmental conservation. Employment in this sector is highly competitive and volunteering is an excellent way of learning and practising some of those essential skills needed, some of which you can obtain training and certifications in.

You get to be part of a team that works within some of the country's most beautiful areas. I have certainly enjoyed my time in South East Cornwall. In my six months so far I have been involved in all aspects of the work that goes on here, and I have really felt that the work I have done has been valued and counted towards the management of countryside and coast around Fowey, Polruan, Polperro and Looe. A lot of the work is obviously taking care of the coastal path that runs through our patch. This involves many things from strimming the coastal path to replacing steps and installing benches. It seems like there is always something different to learn each day.

As a ranger you get to work at lots of the open days where you can really engage with the public and help to promote these special areas. These are not just the places where you're based, but also other parts of the country where you can see how other teams work.

All in all I would thoroughly recommend volunteering. I see it as the first step in my goal to work in this sector. It's fun and enjoyable, but most importantly it's rewarding and you feel like you have made a difference.