Countryside Manager

National Trust


We have a brand-new exciting opportunity for a Countryside Manager at our Derwent, Wear and
Coast portfolio in Durham. 

You’ll play a key part of our team in supporting species survival scheme across the Durham
Coast, evolving the delivery of two green corridors Derwent, Tyne way and Durham City. In
return we’ll provide you with potentially new and challenging work you may have never
experienced before across both urban and rural environments,
you’ll help us:

  • to increase the unique Magnesium limestone grassland across the coast
  • deliver tree planting schemes across the portfolio
  • restore a grade 1 listed park and garden. 

You’ll do this in partnership with our internal and external partners to deliver for nature,
involve and inspire communities to support positive transformation. This really is a one in a
kind opportunity. 

Hours: Full time 37.5 hours per week. As one of the senior staff on the
property you’ll support on occasion as duty manager which will include weekends.
Salary: £36,621pa £38,961pa depending on experience
Contract: Permanent 
Face to face interviews: 18th April

We may be able to offer relocation support for the right candidate.

If you have any questions about this role, please contact: [email protected]

Please include a covering letter (no more than one-page A4) with your application
outlining what key experience and practical skills make you the ideal candidate to take our
aspirations forward.

What it’s like to work here

Leading a team of six Rangers you’ll be supported by property and consultancy colleagues. This
includes Estate Manager, Farming Advisor, Ecologist, wider portfolio team in particular our
Head Gardener as part of the outdoor leadership team contributing to and supporting the
delivery of the vision for the outdoors. 

You’ll be based at Gibside reporting to our General Manager and be part of the collaborative
leadership team at Derwent, Wear and Coast portfolio. The leadership team support each other to
deliver property objectives, to ensure the wider team work collaboratively together to provide
visitors with a great experience. 

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What you’ll be doing

This newly created portfolio and our Countryside manager will lead on delivering our nature
ambitions across the outdoors.


  • lead from the front and support your team by empowering and inspiring them
  • be part of building a positive and inclusive environment across your team as well as the
    wider property 
  • deliver recruitment, management, job satisfaction and personal development
  • work closely with our Head Gardener and Property Operations Manager to lead and take
    responsibility for safety and compliance 
  • work at a strategic level to lead and deliver our plans to enhance the landscape, whilst
    balancing this with growing demand from our supporters to access and enjoy the outdoors
  • play a lead role in managing and improving access, delivering conservation projects and
    engaging with our visitors in the outdoors. Given the changes to how people use the outdoors
    you’ll review how your team operates to ensure we are best placed to engage.

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Who we’re looking for

We’d love to hear from you if you have:

  • Leadership: including team development, delivering change, producing work plans, training
    and working with volunteers
  • Excellent communication skills with experience in partnership management
  • Nature: a strong understanding of nature conservation and access management
  • Visitor experience: you’re passionate about connecting people and place and appreciate the
    importance of access, interpretation and engagement
  • Financial: confidence in managing budgets, projects, finances, income generation and
  • Knowledge of health and safety requirements and other compliance issues relating to the
    countryside and visitor activities
  • A driving licence.

The package

The National Trust has the motto ‘For everyone, for ever’ at its heart. We’re working hard to
create an inclusive culture, where everyone feels they belong. It’s important that our people
reflect and represent the diversity of the communities and audiences we serve. We welcome and
value difference, so when we say we’re for everyone, we want everyone to be welcome in our
teams too.

  • Substantial pension scheme of up to 10% basic salary
  • Free entry to National Trust places for you, a guest and your children (under 18)
  • Tax-free childcare scheme
  • Rental deposit loan scheme
  • Season ticket loan
  • Perks at work discounts such as gym memberships, shopping discount codes, cinema discounts
  • Holiday allowance up to 32 days relating to length of service, plus holiday purchase
    scheme, subject to meeting minimum criteria.
  • Flexible working whenever possible
  • Employee assistance programme
  • Free parking at most Trust places
  • Independent financial advice

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