The National Trust are looking to recruit a volunteer dog ranger at Wellington Monument. “If you regularly walk your dog at the Monument, want to help share information about the restoration project, get to know other dog walkers and promote good dog behaviour you may want to become a Dog Ranger,” said NT project manager Helen Sharp.
The job specification on the NT website says the ideal person will be: “Someone who likes walking in the area, a responsible dog owner, keen to meet other volunteers for a more social walk, and willing to engage visitors about National Trust and dog walking best practice.”
Application forms can be downloaded here
Despite being knocked back by the Heritage Lottery Fund in a £4m grant application earlier this year, the Monument team at the National Trust are going back with a second bid next month.
“There was significant positive feedback from the HLF about our bid,” said Helen Sharp.” They could see the urgent conservation need and recognised the opportunities presented for many more people to learn about and be involved in the site. We were also able to demonstrate the huge level of local backing for the project.
“We’ll be reducing the amount we ask of HLF in the resubmission though this will still be a significant sum without which the project simply wouldn’t be possible. If the HLF award us a first round pass this second time, we’re going to need all the help we can get to raise the rest of the money in addition to the funding commitments made by the National Trust.”