Senior Countryside Officer – Central Bedfordshire Council

AnneWalsh | Jan 2022

£34,033 – £37,132 per annum, Full-time, 37 hours per week With a number of Green Flag sites across woodlands, countryside parks and both national and local nature reserves, this is an exciting opportunity for a new Senior Countryside Officer to join a busy team engaged in management of Central Bedfordshire’s countryside spaces. You’ll be part of…

£34,033 – £37,132 per annum, Full-time, 37 hours per week

With a number of Green Flag sites across woodlands, countryside parks and both national and local nature reserves, this is an exciting opportunity for a new Senior Countryside Officer to join a busy team engaged in management of Central Bedfordshire’s countryside spaces. You’ll be part of the Active Lifestyles Team that is also engaged in providing children’s play, community physical activity and other related areas of work that link to outdoor spaces.

You will provide stewardship for a varied range of countryside assets, developing and implementing management plans, working with local Friends Groups, and a number of external partners and agencies that support our work to improve the countryside. You’ll also manage external contractors including supporting arrangements we have with third party operators to manage sites on our behalf.

You will be part of a team working across the authority but with a focus on sites predominantly in the South Bedfordshire area. You will have opportunity to work with national, regional, and local groups to improve the standards, biodiversity and community engagement, supporting connectivity of the countryside to local communities and rights of way network.

Access to quality countryside space has never been more essential, and there is a growing appreciation of the positive contribution the countryside makes to strategic goals. This includes public health priorities and sustainability plans. As an advocate for the countryside your role will be to find your greatness in building on existing achievements, balancing how well managed countryside open spaces can benefit public access and conservation needs. You will work with a range of local partners and stakeholders on all relevant aspects of countryside management that will ensure they are well managed and safe to access, providing valued assets for both current and future communities to enjoy.

You will help us develop, implement, and continually review our countryside delivery policies, strategies and procedures relating to countryside management. This includes responses to legislative/council policy changes, member priorities and service demands from members of the public.

The successful applicant will have:

  • Relevant professional qualifications in countryside management and/or Environmental Studies.
  • Substantial operational experience in a relevant role i.e. management of grounds maintenance, parks & countryside, habitat management including sites with special designated status or similar.
  • Experience of working with external service providers, volunteers, maintenance contractors, and other agencies.
  • Excellent communications skills, with the ability to work as part of a team and using own initiative.
  • Good ICT skills including ability to use corporate and service based software systems.

So, join us, and find your greatness by helping us to deliver quality, attractive and engaging countryside spaces for the local community. Take advantage of our rewards package, agile working, and the chance to learn and progress.

Team: Active Lifestyles Team
Job Family: Advising, CBG11
Salary: £34,033 – £37,132 per annum
Hours: Full-time, 37 hours per week
Base Location: Priory House, Chicksands
Contract Type: Permanent
Closing Date: Sunday 30th January 2022
Interview Date: Week commencing 14th February 2022

Central Bedfordshire Council has its own vision and values that are integral to everything we do. Our area vision is to make Central Bedfordshire ‘A great place to live and work’. Our Aspiration is to be a truly flexible employer.  We are happy to discuss location, hours and working pattern as part of the application process.

To assess your suitability for the role, you must demonstrate how you meet the key outcomes, accountabilities and competencies. To do this, you’ll need to refer the Family Profile, Role Profile and Competency Framework which can be found in the Recruitment Pack: Senior Countryside Officer

For an informal discussion about this position, please contact: Howard Hughes at howard.hughes@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk or call 0300 300 6163

For queries related to the recruitment of this vacancy, please contact: The Recruitment Team at recruitment@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk

Central Bedfordshire Council is an equal opportunities employer. We welcome enquiries from everyone and value diversity in the workplace. We are a Disability Confident employer, we are working to become a Disability Confident leader in our community.

To maintain a fair and consistent approach for applicants, it is Central Bedfordshire Council’s policy to only consider applications made via our online application system and we therefore thank you for not submitting your application offline. If you do not have a CV to hand, please look on our website for a CV template that you can use to create your CV to apply for this role. http://www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/jobs/work-here/application.aspx

Central Bedfordshire Council has its own vision and values that are integral to everything we do. Our area vision is to make Central Bedfordshire ‘A great place to live and work’.

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