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Logo: Essex County Council Park Manager - Belhus/Weald Parks

Contract: Permanent

Working Hours: Full-time

Salary: Up to £33,000 per annum

Primary Location: South Ockendon

Closing Date: 6/01/19 

 

Job summary and Responsibilities

 

Essex County Council (ECC) is one of the largest and most dynamic local authorities in the UK, serving a population of 2 million residents, and has a very successful track record of delivering transformational change. ECC anticipated change was needed in the public sector and has worked to deliver better quality at lower cost. We have an ambitious transformation agenda – one with the scope to reach every part of the council. We are changing the way we think, the way we work, and the ways in which we deliver our services. We are committed to becoming a place where individuals, partners and communities feel proud to play their role and genuinely want to belong. We’re immensely proud of our flexible working options.

Now is an exciting time to join us. We’re working with partners across Essex to deliver the most ambitious new garden settlements anywhere in the country. Our freshly created Economy Localities and Public Health function uses a new place-based and integrated approach. This function will help to build the right conditions for inclusive economic growth; improving skill levels, enabling adults to retrain, regenerating town centres, reducing health inequalities, and capitalising on our amazing green spaces, heritage, culture and arts. Sitting at the centre of one of the largest local authorities in the country, the function will foster close collaboration with colleagues across the council and with partners externally. At its heart, it’s about identifying what is important to Essex and our people, and supporting them to realise their aspirations and find a better quality of life.

Flat Rate Allowance at 10% of basic salary will be included for weekend work.

The Role

 

  • Responsible for developing new approaches, leading on a variety of different projects and innovative methods of operation to introduce change, broaden and increase the visitor base in order to maximise income and increase footfall.
  • Responsible for the operational running of the site and its facilities, ensuring the parks are a safe and clean environment for park visitors and users.
  • Responsible for management of the land to enhance its nature conversation, habitat management, landscape, historic, recreational and amenity value as appropriate, in order to achieve a high quality of land management. 
  • Responsible for grant applications for additional funding, ensuring work is completed in the agreed time frames to receive monies, whilst highlighting further funding opportunities across the site.
  • Responsible for the promotion and monitoring of country park legislation, including all bylaws, health and safety and other relevant legislation
  • Responsible for providing robust analysis of performance information, through use of systems and data, including financial and quality to inform business decisions with the Green Space Manager.
  • Lead, manage and motivate Rangers and site staff to ensure service objectives are met.
  • Work collaboratively across ECC, its partners and the wider service, to maximise opportunities and increase effectiveness in managing programmes of work across all sites.
  • Responsible for managing the park budget, ensuring robust financial management, all cash collected is secured safely, supported by detailed records for audit purposes.
  • Specific individual and shared targets and objectives are defined annually within the performance management framework.

 

Knowledge, skills and experience

 

  • Educated to degree level in countryside management or equivalent by experience in country park management.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development and expert knowledge in relevant professional area.
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to demonstrate good customer service.
  • Evidence of engaging with the public of all ages and abilities.
  • Understanding, knowledge and experience of ecological/habitat management.
  • Understanding of the ‘Country Park’ ethos and commitment to promoting enjoyment of the countryside.
  • Understanding and commitment to team working by developing a committed and motivated team.
  • Experience of income generation in a country park or leisure industry setting.
  • Qualification certificates should be brought to interview.

 

As part of employment with Essex County Council (ECC) should your role require a DBS check you will be required to register with the DBS update service. The DBS update service ensures all registered DBS certificates are kept up to date and allows authorised parties to view the status of your certificate. This is an annual subscription and you will be responsible for ensuring this is maintained. For further information on the DBS update service please visit here 

Essex County Council is proud to offer an excellent benefits package to all its employees. More information can be found here 

 

Please note that interviews for successful applicants will be conducted week commencing 14th January 2019.

 

Essex County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment.

 

We seek the best talent from the widest pool of people as diversity is key to our success.

 

If you have any queries regarding this role, or require anything further, please contact the Essex Recruitment Team on 033 005 83330*

 

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