Last week I had the pleasure of taking a trip down to the National Trust’s Attingham Park property to see the graduation of 2012’s intake of Trainee Rangers. I was there as the former manager of Chris Wood who left us in May to take up a post at Lanhydrock in Cornwall.
When Chris first came to us as a volunteer he didn’t really know anything about being a Ranger. What he did have was stacks of enthusiasm and an appetite to learn. He’d just come back from a holiday walking on the South Coast where he found himself falling in love with the British landscape and wildlife. It was a life changing holiday for him as he returned from it knowing that a career in conservation was what he wanted.
Fast forward three years and that’s just what he’s got. He was lucky enough to get one of 8 places on the Trust’s Ranger Training Programme and has spent his time with us learning practical estate management skills, habitat management theory and wildlife ID skills. Chris worked tremendously hard during his time with us, and this was recognised by him receiving a ‘trainee of the year’ award at the ceremony. He can certainly now consider himself a fully fledged Ranger. Well done Chris!
Sadly for us, the draw of the South Coast was too much for Chris and he has now settled in Cornwall. Happily he’s still working for the Trust and I expect he’ll have a long and successful career within the organisation.
I’m currently working on an application for us to get another Trainee Ranger in September. Should we be successful we’ll be recruiting in the summer, so if you think that being a National Trust Ranger could be the career for you, or you know someone who does, watch this space.