Countryside rangers

The National Trust for Scotland is one of the largest ranger employers in Scotland and ran one of the first ranger training programmes.

What does a countryside ranger do?

It might be quicker to state what a ranger doesn’t do!

They work with wildlife, habitats, visitors and the local community. To be more specific, they take on the following roles: conserving habitats and wildlife; ecological surveying; helping people learn about natural heritage; leading guided walks; welcoming researchers, volunteers and other visitors to our places; working with people who live or work in our countryside; giving presentations; and day-to-day maintenance of our estates.

You may find them on a mountain path clearing drainage channels one day, and on a beach removing plastic waste the next. They stalk deer and they bash bracken. They count red squirrels and they show school children how a billion spores shoot out from a puffball mushroom. They plant trees and they record scientific data on rare plants. They talk to local farmers about grazing issues and they chat with passers by.

But a National Trust for Scotland ranger’s role is much greater than the sum of its parts. They spend their whole time looking after our beautiful countryside, and in doing so inspire a love of Scotland’s natural heritage in countless others. 

So if you’re at one of our places and you see a ranger, say hello. They love to meet and learn more from those visiting the places in our care.