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Farming in Protected Landscapes Officer

Reference     (Please mention Stopdodo/Environment Jobs in your application)
Sectors   Nature Conservation, Ecology, GIS
Location   England (West Midlands)
Town/City   Stafford
Salary   £32,234 - £36,922 per annum Full time/ Fixed Term until 31 March 2024
Type   Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status   Full Time
Level   Mid Level
Deadline   30/07/2021
Company Name   Staffordshire County Council
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Cannock Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is looking for an enthusiastic and committed individual to take on the role of Farming in Protected Landscapes Officer to deliver a major new land management grant programme.

Created by Defra and managed by AONBs and National Park teams across England, the programme will help farmers, land managers and others to deliver work on the farmed landscape under the themes of climate, nature, people and place.

This is an opportunity to make a real difference to farming and land management in the AONB and to help conserve and enhance the natural beauty of this nationally important landscape. You will be the first point of contact for the programme. You will provide advice and guidance to farmers and other land managers, support grant applicants, support an assessment panel who will judge applications, and carry out general administration and monitoring activities to ensure the efficient running of the programme.

You will have a degree or equivalent compensatory experience and significant experience of successfully working with farmers and land managers to achieve conservation and environmental outcomes, including through agri-environment schemes. Local knowledge of Cannock Chase would be an advantage.

The role will be based in Stafford, but the postholder is expected to largely work from home. The role will include travel throughout the Cannock Chase AONB.

Benefits for working for us….

We recognise that it is our employees that are central to everything we do. We aim to create a supportive working environment where employees can achieve their full potential and achieve a healthy work-life balance.

In addition to your salary, as a member of staff, you will have access to a range of benefits including:

  • An excellent local government pension [staffspf.org.uk] scheme
  • Generous holiday entitlement from 24 up to 33 days (plus 2 extra statutory days and bank holidays) depending on job role and length of service
  • The option to buy up to an additional 2 weeks annual leave
  • A range of flexible working options, depending on your job role, which includes agile working, flexible retirement
  • Family Friendly Policies - maternity, adoption, paternity and parental leave
  • Volunteering Scheme
  • Training and development opportunities, including coaching and mentoring
  • Access to health and wellbeing support (including Occupational Health, Physiotherapy and Counselling Services)
  • Eye care vouchers
  • Car lease scheme/cycle & car loan scheme/employee car share scheme
  • Bus and rail travel discounts

Staffordshire County Council is an equal opportunities organisation and Disability Confident employer. We encourage applications from all background and communities.

As part of our commitment as a Disability Confident employer, we offer a guaranteed interview to anyone with a disability whose application meets the minimum criteria for the post.

If you experience any technical issues accessing or completing the application form, please contact recruitment@staffordshire.gov.uk

For more information about the role please contact: Ian Marshall, AONB Development Officer – ian.marshall@staffordshire.gov.uk or 01785 276051 / 07989148731.


Closing date: 30 July 2021.

Interview Date: Interviews will take place during week commencing 16 August (via Teams and/or on site in the Cannock Chase AONB – to be confirmed).

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