National Trust in East Devon to recruit a volunteer ranger

Rangers and volunteers pruning apple trees in Branscombe Orchard

The National Trust is recruiting a trainee ranger to join the East Devon National Trust ranger team, based in Branscombe.

Sponsored by the Sid Vale Association, applicants must be over 18 with a passion for nature and the outdoors, and living within the East Devon area. With a willingness to develop new skills in conservation, there is a heavy emphasis on practical countryside work; and tasks completed by the ranger will include coppicing, hedge-laying, step-building, vegetation clearance and fencing. Involvement in various local events and educational activities, and NPTC certificates in chainsaw, brush-cutter and pesticides, will give the successful candidate a full set of ranger skills.

Lucy Buckingham, who started as a trainee at the end of June 2014 became a seasonal ranger in April 2015 before being promoted into her new role as a permanent East Devon countryside ranger.

She says: ‘Thanks to the Sid Vale Association, I was given a great opportunity to gain training and experience while helping to conserve this beautiful area in which I live. Without the SVA support and offer of funding I would never have been able to train and become a full-time Countryside Ranger.’

Head Ranger Peter Blyth continues: ‘It’s a wonderful scheme and we hope it will continue for many years to come. It gives young people the start they need in countryside management.’

Chris Woodruff of the Sidmouth Vale Association commented: ‘We are very pleased to support this volunteer opportunity with the National Trust through the Keith Owen Fund. Keith Owen loved the countryside, in particular the unspoilt beauties of the Sid Valley. It was one of his wishes that the Fund should be used to support and encourage conservation in the countryside. He was very keen to promote voluntary work.’

The National Trust owns and manages 2000 acres of coast and countryside in East Devon and the Sid Vale Association was established in 1846 as a charity for conservation and heritage in the Sid Valley. The region has benefited through the action and support of volunteers who have been conscientious in maintaining high standards in land management of woods and meadows, and the monitoring of rural footpaths for appropriate maintenance.

A good level of fitness and a full UK driving license will be necessary for this role and relevant volunteering experience is desirable but not essential.

To apply, please send a CV and covering letter detailing why you are applying for the role and any relevant experience you already have to