Full-time vacancy: Monday – Friday 40 hrs per week with some weekend working


Pay scale: £16,827 - £18,512 (Grade 3 – Grade 5) depending on previous experience


For an application form please contact admin@hillholtwood.com or call 01636 892 836


The closing date for applications is Wednesday 31st August 2017

Hill Holt Wood is an equal opportunity employer.



Hill Holt Wood is a nationally recognised, award-winning and well established environmental charity and Social Enterprise, working to prove the value of ancient woodland in the 21st century. It currently employs 40 full and part-time Rangers and is engaged in a wide range of activities which include the education of disadvantaged young people, an adult wellbeing intervention programme, extensive forestry operations, eco-design and build, and significant events and hire including weddings, corporate entertaining and landmark birthday celebrations. It has enjoyed considerable success over the last fifteen years and continues to build on its strong position focussing on sustainability, environmentalism, conservation and social awareness.


The job will involve facilitating our wellbeing intervention service to small groups of adults who have a range of learning disability, mental health and neurological support needs. Our Health Programme is a nature-based therapeutic service, based on the Ecotherapy or Green Care model. We aim to support adults to engage with the five steps to wellbeing by taking a person-centred, strength-based approach.

The Health Programme is based at our Norton Disney Big Wood site. Wellbeing and recovery is achieved through enabling the participants to sustainably manage the 40 acre woodland, including our woodland burial area, using the harvested resources for conservation and craft activities.


  • Transportation of participants in a works vehicle
  • Working with the Health Coordinator to enable the safety, positive engagement and personal growth of the participants and volunteers, according to their individual support plans
  • According to seasonal needs of the woodland and direction by the Head Ranger, manage the woodland with a team of adults with a variety of abilities and support needs, both physical and emotional, using hand tools wherever possible
  • Ongoing passive education of participants in the needs and methods of conservation and sustainable works and enabling their full participation
  • Planning and facilitating coppice crafting / green-woodworking activities for the participants to engage in, overseeing their safe use of hand tools with occasional support from volunteers
  • The role will also include providing support and cover for our wider organisation and will require some weekend work


  • The successful applicant will possess excellent organisational and motivational skills whilst maintaining patience and empathy with the participants. They will also be able to enthuse and inspire and be able to demonstrate innovative ways of engaging the participants whilst remaining positive role models at all times
  • They will already have a range of skills/qualifications appropriate to environmental action and be prepared, with support, to further develop these
  • We are particularly interested in receiving applications from people with Countryside Management experience
  • Possessing a C31/32 chainsaw licence would be beneficial
  • The role of a Ranger at Hill Holt Wood is a multi-faceted one, and one that is physically demanding so a reasonable level of fitness is desirable. The variety of tasks that you will be asked to perform is cited, by the staff, as the most attractive aspect of the Ranger's role
  • Compulsory Safeguarding training will need to be completed
  • This post will require an enhanced DBS check
  • Full current driving license is essential