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Rights of Way Area Warden

37 hours per week

Salary: 21,074 - 23,866 per annum


About us

The Rights of Way Service at Somerset County Council consists of a team of 17 staff dedicated to the delivery of duties in relation to maintenance of the rights of way network, changes to the network, and keeping legal registers and records up to date.


About the job

As an Area Warden you would be the focus for rights of way, open access and England Coast Path issues for the western area of Somerset (excluding Exmoor National Park). You would be identifying appropriate options for addressing breaches of relevant legislation and arranging for necessary works to be undertaken, working with landowners, volunteers, parish councils, contractors and other stakeholders to achieve the right outcome. You will ensure that land-managers and other parties fulfil their statutory obligations in relation to public access, often dealing with contentious issues & disputes. The jobholder will need to liaise with the Enforcement Officer to ensure that our duties as Highway Authority are fulfilled. The office base for the role is at County Hall Taunton, however the job holder is required to travel the western area of the county with lone working often in remote and isolated locations.


About you

You will have strong communication, negotiation and collaboration skills and knowledge of rights of way legislation and access in the countryside. Knowledge of basic maintenance and construction techniques is also essential. The ability to prioritise competing demands will be essential as well as managing spend of a small budget. You should be qualified to a minimum of HND level or equivalent in countryside management/a related subject.


For an informal discussion please contact Pete Hobley, Rights of Way Manager on 01823 358185.


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Closing date: 14 March 2019




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