Rhossili Ranger: Is this the best job in Wales?

New Rhossili ranger sat at her desk on Rhossili beach
Published : 06 Apr 2016

Rhossili is seen as the jewel in Gower’s crown and attracts visitors from all over the world. The beach is regularly voted in the top ten beaches worldwide. And now a Rhossili Ranger has been appointed to look after the area.

The ideal candidate needed to have practical conservation skills, a passion for the area, an energetic approach to visitor activities and be able to tell the stories of the area.

The Ranger will, firstly, make sure visitors have the best possible experience on Gower and secondly let people know that the National Trust looks after a huge part of the Rhossili area, and being a charity we need your help to do so.  

Successful applicant

The successful applicant, Kathryn Thomas, has worked with National Trust on Gower for 8 years. 'I can’t believe my luck in landing such a job. I started as a volunteer with National Trust 18 years ago, then got a job in the Brecon Beacons. Even now, I have to pinch myself when I think I actually get paid to hang out in the best places in Wales, and it doesn’t get much better than Rhossili.' 

'I love to watch as visitors arrive. They look out over the view of the bay and they are blown away. They all stop to take selfies, but what I’d like to do is show there is more to Rhossili than meets the eye.  We want to slowly reveal the magic and history of Rhossili, so that people have a reason to come back again and again and of course there’ll be regular seaside fun activities for the family as well.'

Special and sensitive

'Rhossili is also home to some very rare wildlife and looking after the landscape so it supports these threatened animals is a challenge. Throughout my career with National Trust, there has always been the difficult balancing act between looking after our wildlife and encouraging people to come and enjoy the Welsh countryside, but it is achievable and once people realise how special and sensitive some of our countryside is, it will hopefully enhance their visit and make them want to help us protect our natural heritage.'
We are enlisting Coastodians, who can help the Rhossili Ranger look after Rhossili. Anyone who is interested with a few hours to spare should get in touch on 01792 390636.