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Starting salary £28,413 per annum

Fixed-term until 31st August 2022,

Full-time, 37 hours per week


Samuel Palmer, the visionary Victorian landscape artist, described the Darent Valley as an ‘earthly paradise’. Two centuries on, it remains a beautiful rural area, the majority designated within the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). In order to maintain and enhance this special landscape, the Kent Downs AONB Unit has successfully attracted £4m from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and several other sources to deliver the Darent Valley Landscape Partnership Scheme (DVLPS). If you are an experienced countryside management professional looking for a rewarding challenge, you may be the person to fill this pivotal role in our multi-disciplinary team.


Operating from a converted barn in the heart of the valley as part of the wider AONB Unit, you will be developing, co-ordinating and delivering projects that enhance the qualities that made this landscape an earthly paradise. With the support of your heritage, education and interpretation colleagues within the DVLPS team, your focus will be on delivering the projects that conserve biodiversity and landscape, as well as those enabling people to access, enjoy and explore the valley’s natural and cultural heritage. You will also support the team to deliver across all the scheme’s programmes and ensure that the landscape continues to benefit people and communities today.


This is an outstanding opportunity for a motivated candidate to progress their career in countryside management by being part of the Kent Downs AONB’s flagship landscape conservation project.


This role is full-time and contracted to 31st August 2022 with potential for extension (dependent on funding). A secondment or job share will also be considered.


This post is considered by KCC to be a customer-facing position. The Council therefore has a statutory duty under Part 7 of the Immigration Act (2016) to ensure that post holders have a command of spoken English/Welsh sufficient for the effective performance of the job requirements. The appropriate standards are set out in the Job Description/Person Specification.


To apply please click here to complete an online application form. The vacancy reference number is 19000740. Should you require any further information, please contact Rick Bayne on 01732 494505.


Closing date: Midnight, 21st March 2019.



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