Farming in Protected Landscapes Officer

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Company: Staffordshire County Council
Category: Business and Financial Operations Occupations
Published on 2021-07-27 18:04:44

Farming in Protected Landscapes Officer

Salary: £32,234 - £36,922 per annum

37 Hours per week – Fixed Term until 31 March 2024

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.

This Authority is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people/vulnerable adults and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

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.

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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).

For more information about the role please contact: Ian Marshall, AONB Development Officer – or 01785 276051/07989 148731.

Please be aware, only application forms completed online will be accepted. We will not accept CV’s or Word application forms.

Our Values

The County Council has adopted a set of values that seeks to achieve the best outcomes for its citizens, communities and employees.

Our People Strategy sets out what we all need to do to make Staffordshire County Council a great place to work, where people are supported to develop, flourish and contribute to our ambitious plans. 

Our values are at the heart of the Strategy to ensure that the focus is on what is important to the organisation and the people it serves:

  • Ambitious - We are ambitious for our communities and citizens
  • Courageous - We recognise our challenges and are prepared to make courageous decisions
  • Empowering - We empower and support our people by giving them the opportunity to do their jobs well.
  • 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 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
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