The Woodland Trust is the UK’s leading woodland conservation charity. We want to see a UK rich in native woods and trees, for people and wildlife. The Trust aims to engage and inspire people about woods and trees to help us meet our vision of creating, restoring and protecting woodland. We own and care for over 1,000 woodland sites across the United Kingdom and support the creation and management of woodland on land outside the Trust’s own estate.
Ben Shieldaig Estate is a property of 1,539 hectares set in a unique and dramatic landscape perched on the very fringes of Scotland’s west coast in the Wester Ross National Scenic Area. The mountain is home to a very special and extensive area of designated native woodland which includes a significant remnant of ancient Caledonian pinewood. Taking on the estate in 2019 has given us a rare opportunity to conserve an entire mountain and all its diverse ecosystems in one of the best-known upland landscapes in the UK.
This is a unique opportunity to help drive forward one of the most ambitious conservation projects in the Highlands. The Estate Ranger will be responsible for overseeing maintenance programmes, ensuring that Ben Shieldaig is presented to the highest possible standards. You will assist with the development and supervision of management contracts, ensuring our contractors work to the highest standards, and recruit and manage volunteers on practical tasks.
Engaging with and involving surrounding communities in our work at the Ben Shieldaig will be an important part of the role. You will contribute to and implement engagement activities supporting the development of on and off-site interpretation and delivering a quality visitor experience. There will also be a strong focus on ecological monitoring to ensure the mosaic of habitats at Ben Shieldaig, especially existing native woodlands, are being protected and enhanced.
Ideally you will be qualified to HND/Degree level in land-based management in the conservation or forestry sector and be proficient in wildlife and habitat conservation activities. In addition, you’ll have experience of supervising contractors and managing contracts, supervising volunteers, organising public events and community engagement activities and carrying out ecological monitoring. You will be proficient in use of IT, preferably including GIS. You will need to be positive and results-focussed; determined to seek positive outcomes from challenging situations. You’ll be able to work and communicate with others effectively, be commercially astute and flexible to changing demands. A full driving licence is required.
WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT
There’s no other organisation like the Woodland Trust. Whatever you do here you will be supporting our work to protect and enhance woods and trees. In return we recognise and value our people. You'll have our full support, training and opportunities for professional
development, along with a contributory pension, life assurance and good holiday entitlement.