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37 hours a week (some weekend/evening working will be required)

Salary £42,150 per annum


Supporting communities, improving lives


Do you want to make a real difference?


We are committed to making a positive difference for all the residents, businesses and visitors to Eastleigh and we are proud to be delivering on our promise to create sustainable and healthy communities and increase employment and wellbeing opportunities for all. Eastleigh’s award-winning country parks are fundamental to achieving this goal, and are a vital part of our community, so as our new Country Parks Manager you will have a key role in their continued success by shaping the visitor experience and making the parks a great place to visit, play and work. 


Itchen Valley Country Park comprises 440 beautiful acres of mixed woodland, river and meadow landscapes, a Visitor Centre, the fully refurbished Woodland Café and play and BBQ areas. Lakeside Country Park covers 60 acres and is on the site of old gravel workings, with lakes formed from gravel pits. As well as the lakes themselves, the park boasts a stunning waterside conference centre for multi-functional use.


In this role, you will be responsible for all aspects of the operation and management of the two parks, with a particular emphasis on the continual development of the visitor offer, which has wellbeing and education at its heart. You will also develop income generating strategies across the parks to ensure the facilities are optimised, budgets managed, and that all areas, including the Woodland Café, achieve the agreed business targets.


Leading a team of dedicated individuals, you will ensure high standards are maintained, issues are resolved, and performance and customer service sit at the centre of everything they do. You will also oversee the tenancy agreements of partner organisations including Go Ape and the Forest School. Developing the commercial potential of the facilities, you will develop and oversee education programmes, conference bookings and services, ensuring the facilities and services are managed to meet customer, partner and tenants’ expectations. You will ensure that the Countryside Team are supported in ensuring that conservation and biodiversity management is carried out in accordance with agreed priorities (habitats and species) and targets for income from grants, such as grazing rights, are achieved.


This position is the ideal role for a strong operational manager with a passion for creating great visitor experiences. You will have a keen eye for health and safety, sound business acumen and the ability to create business and education opportunities by providing great customer service, through effective leadership, together with strong people and financial management.


For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Andrew Trayer, Corporate Director on 023 8068 8200.


To apply, follow this link to our website.


Closing date: Sunday 24 November 2019

Interview date: Monday 2 December 2019




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