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The Open Spaces Society was founded in 1865 and is Britain’s oldest national conservation body. The society is now looking to appoint a Case Officer with responsibility for Rights of Way matters. The role will be based out of the society’s head office in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire.  Minimum 21 hours per week with salary dependent on a&e.


Primary responsibilities will include:

  • providing technical support on rights-of-way matters to staff and volunteers.
  • acting as one of the society’s case-workers by dealing with requests for advice and answering queries from members of the society on rights of way in England and Wales, by correspondence, telephone and occasional site visits.
  • working with and oversee the local correspondents’ work on rights of way, keeping the guidelines up to date, liaising with them over path issues, encouraging them to take appropriate action to resolve cases and assisting with recruitment.
  • acting as a co-ordinator between rights-of-way user groups to facilitate meetings and discussions on issues of common interest, including by preparing and presenting papers.
  • assisting in the review and development of the society’s policy on rights of way (for example, in relation to the standards expected of diversion orders), and to codify such policy in appropriate guidance.
  • writing material for the society’s magazine Open Space, published three times a year, write press releases and pages for the website, prepare fact sheets and leaflets, respond to consultation papers from government departments and agencies, local authorities and others
  • assisting in the preparation of other society literature including the fifth edition of Rights of Way: a guide to law and practice and prepare papers for the trustees, subcommittees and other society meetings.
  • assist with internal and external training on public paths and to  attend and address conferences and workshops.
  • serving on external committees and represent the society at external meetings.


Candidates must be able to demonstrate:

  • good and up-to-date technical and legal knowledge of all aspects of all categories of public rights of way in England and Wales
  • excellent spoken and written English
  • demonstrable experience of prioritising a busy and demanding workload
  • competent use of office software tools (word processing, spreadsheets, presentations)


Closing date for applications Tuesday 23 April Interviews will be held at our Henley office on Tuesday 7 or Thursday 9 May.


Please email office1@oss.org.uk for further details and an application form.  



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