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Countryside Manager

National Trust
Dorking, Surrey
£32,000 - to £38,000 depending on your experience
Closing date
19 Sep 2021
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Are you a dynamic, committed, and enthusiastic leader with a proven track-record in nature conservation and wider countryside management?  Do you enjoy working as part of an energetic and forward-looking team, and with wider stakeholders, to deliver our vision?

This a rare opportunity to take a leading role in a beautiful part of the country and an area that is extremely important for wildlife and landscapes. You'll lead and inspire your ranger team, as well as our many staff and volunteers together with wider stakeholder and partner organisations, in how they can also play their part in restoring a beautiful, healthy, and natural environment.

Salary range for this role is £32,000 - to £38,000 depending on your experience and fit for the role

What it's like to work here         

Surrey Hills is a large Countryside portfolio located in Surrey and within 20 minutes of the outskirts of South London. It comprises of 5000 Hectares spread over different properties mainly within the Surrey Hills AONB.

The sites are spread across Surrey from Frensham Ponds in the West to Limpsfield Common in the East of the County. Some 3000 hectares of land have SSSI, SPA or SAC protection mostly for Heathland, Chalk Downland and Ancient Woodland.

The Surrey Hills portfolio includes Box Hill and Hindhead Commons- some of the busiest countryside sites in the country, being close to London and located in the South East of England.                    

What you'll be doing     

Reporting to the General Manager, and as part of the Management team, you'll play a strategic role in the future of the portfolio. Leading your countryside team, you will set and deliver plans to protect and enhance the conservation of our properties which includes wildlife, landscapes, buildings, and archaeology.

You'll be responsible for strategic planning and the operational day-to-day delivery of everything related to the countryside management on our properties.

You'll engage a wide variety of external stakeholders in delivering your work and you will enable a broad range of visitors to have outstanding and inspirational experiences through the quality of our welcome and the effectiveness of our conservation work.

We're looking for someone who has:

  • A background in conservation, land management or forestry
  • Experience in motivating, inspiring and leading people
  • Experience in balancing conservation, access, presentation and visitor engagement
  • Experience in delivering complex partnership working
  • Safety and compliance experience
  • The ability to manage budgets of 100k + and identifying new commercial income streams
  • Experience in handling complex issues                          


The National Trust is described by its employee gardeners as “dynamic, supportive, inquisitive and fun”, where its beautiful places “lift your spirits naturally” and “somewhere you can expand new skills”. The organisation is currently recruiting for a number of gardening roles. 

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