Student Ranger Placement

Ranger Student Placement

Volunteer Rangers assist in implementing the Trust’s twin objectives of the conservation of its properties and helping people to enjoy and understand them. As part of your voluntary years placement you will be able to work with our ranger team across the sites of Downhill and Portstewart. The placements normally run from September - May, the closing date for application is the 28th February

National Trust manager: Area Ranger

Purpose of role:  To assist the Area Ranger

Key elements:

  • To assist in the maintenance and development of the property to the required standard discussed with The National Trust managerial representative on site.
  • To carry out all aspects of estate management work related to the property, appropriate to the competence and skills of the volunteer.
  • Work alongside the Rangers and other volunteers to complete outdoor and indoor practical tasks including; weeding, grass cutting, pruning, leaf clearance, path maintenance, general maintenance and visitor engagement in a variety of weather conditions. Work will be on all types of terrain and ground conditions.
  • Using and maintaining tools, machinery and equipment in safe working order in accordance with legal requirements
  • Washing and replacing all tools to an agreed standard.
  • Develop practical land and garden management skills to assist with the upkeep and maintenance of National Trust properties and achieve high standards of conservation and presentation.
  • Maintaining good working relationships with tenants, farmers, neighbors, other voluntary organisations, local Communities and local authorities.
  • Welcoming and liaising with visitors by providing information and guidance.
  • Data collection on biodiversity, habitats, grazing livestock alongside Wildlife surveys and habitat improvement works.
  • Designing signage panels, as well as drafting and preparing presentations, press releases and NT internal communications.
  • Capturing photos and information of projects undertaken by the ranger team.
  • Assisting with The National Trust North Coast events.


  • Active interest in the National Trust and its purpose


  • IT literate
  • A positive, can do attitude
  • Ability to interact with and inspire visitors
  • Ability to identify visitor needs and respond appropriately
  • Strong listening, observational and communication skills
  • Enthusiastic and self-motivated
  • Good team worker
  • Ability to prioritise workload
  • Strong communication and writing skills

If you are interested and would like to apply please contact Lisa McCaughan at