We’re hiring: Chiltern Society Ranger

Published on November 9, 2017

The Chiltern Society is going through an exciting growth period. In the last three years we have taken over the running of nine conservation sites, bringing  the number of assets we manage to twelve. In addition, we support partner organisations with the conservation of other important woodland sites and nature reserves across the Chilterns. We also help to maintain thousands of miles of footpaths and bridleways, and we’ve increased our campaigning activity against potentially damaging planning threats to the Green Belt. The Society now requires additional expertise in the management of our sites and the volunteers working on them.

Job Title: Ranger

Hours: part time, 2-3 days a week with some weekend work

Salary:   FTE c £18,000

Contract: initially for fixed term 6-12months (negotiable)

Reporting to: Head of Conservation & Development

Responsibilities for: Conservation Volunteers

Location: Based in Chesham but travel all over Chilterns


Main purpose of role: To support the aims and conservation work of the Chiltern Society.

  • Organise and deliver volunteer work parties
  • Support Key Volunteers in site management works
  • Carry out site visits and checks
  • Carry out basic tree safety surveys
  • Carry out risk assessments
  • Assist in writing and updating site management plans
  • Carry out basic habitat mapping and assessments
  • Carry out practical habitat management and estate maintenance work
  • Assist in the preparation and delivery of outreach, events and activities
  • Assist in the creation of publicity material


Person specification:


  • Qualification/training in countryside management, ecology, wildlife conservation or similar

Knowledge & skills

  • Knowledge and understanding of UK habitats and species
  • Knowledge of practical habitat management techniques
  • Knowledge of the Chilterns

Plus ideally:

  • First aid trained
  • Brushcutter trained
  • Chainsaw (CS30/31) trained

Training will be provided where necessary.


  • Experience of carrying out a range of practical habitat management works
  • Experience of working with volunteers and managing groups


  • Confident, self-starter who is able to work independently and as part of a team
  • Personable and professional
  • Able to work well with a broad range of people and in particular volunteers
  • Able to balance office work and practical outdoor work
  • Needs own transport capable of transporting tools


  • Holidays and sick pay
  • Contributory Pension Scheme
  • Mileage and out of pocket expenses

How to apply

Applicants should contact the General Secretary, enclosing a CV and covering letter, at generalsecretary@chilternsociety.org.uk  or The Chiltern Society Office, The White Hill Centre, White Hill, Chesham, Bucks. HP5 1AG.

Closing Date

Friday 24 November.