Volunteer ranger

Support our countryside rangers with a variety of conservation and estate management tasks

About the opportunity

This role will work alongside the Countryside Ranger staff to carry out a wide variety of conservation and estate management tasks. The countryside service have a lot of different types of habitats including woodland, grassland, canal and river banks, so there are always plenty of conservation tasks to do in managing the sites and parks for wildlife and visitors

Tasks and duties

Many of the conservation tasks are dependent on the seasons and the specific site.

Throughout a typical year the conservation tasks could include:

  • Coppicing, woodland management and dead hedge laying and scrub management
  • Installing and maintaining gates, fences, signs and benches
  • Keeping footpaths accessible by clearing overgrowing vegetation and maintaining the surface
  • Surveying and monitoring
  • Visitor management and events


No previous experience is needed as any tasks and use of hand tools will be demonstrated by the Countryside Rangers or an experienced volunteer.

For long term volunteers training is available and can include First Aid, practical tool use and Leadership Skills. 

Who we are looking for

You will

  • be able to work on your own and be self motivated
  • have basic IT skills to carry out desk based research and record data
  • have good interpersonal and communication skills
  • have good written skills to record research results
  • have basic natural history knowledge

Lepe Country Park Exbury Southampton SO45 1AD

Lepe Country Park

Queen Elizabeth Country Park Gravel Hill Horndean PO8 0QE

Staunton Country Park Middle Park Way Havant PO9 5HB

Staunton Country Park

Titchfield Haven Nature Reserve Cliff Road, Hill Head Fareham PO14 3JT

Basingstoke Canal Centre Mytchett Place Road, Mytchett Surrey GU16 6DD

Basingstoke Canal

Central Countryside sites Crabwood depot, Sarum Road, Winchester SO22 5QS 01962 860948

Northern sites North Area Office, Basing House Redbridge Lane, Old Basing RG24 7HB

Southern sites Manor Farm Ranger Depot, Pylands Lane Southampton SO31 1BH

Rights of Way

There are countywide opportunities


Blackwater Valley Countryside Partnership Ash Lock Cottage, Government Road Aldershot GU16 6DD

How to apply