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Logo: Somerset County CouncilEconomic & Community Infrastructure Operations

Countryside, Taunton, TA1 4DY

Rights of Way Volunteer and Trails Officer

37 hours per week

Salary: £21,589 to £24,799 per annum


About us


The Rights of Way Service helps to maintain and manage the public rights of way network and legal records for over 6000km+ of paths covering from the Mendip Hills right through to Exmoor National Park, and also works in partnership with Natural England to manage the newly established England Coast Path.


About the job


The post is primarily office based at County Hall, Taunton, but you will be required to travel around the county to undertake path audits and supervise occasional working parties.  This is a full-time post equating to 37 hours a week.  Some evening and weekend works may be necessary.


About you


Are you a people person looking for a varied new challenge?  We are looking for someone to administer and develop existing volunteering initiatives through engaging with individuals, local communities, and other groups to become active in the day-to-day maintenance of the rights of way network. The role is also responsible for monitoring and assisting with strategic issues on promoted trails including the recently established England Coast Path.


The varied work includes a range of administrative tasks, developing training opportunities for volunteers, monitoring and recording the volunteering activity and any other relevant work.  You will also be responsible for ensuring implementation of Health and Safety at Work Act, and managing the teamís risk assessments.


You will need to have strong organisational and communication skills, good IT and numeracy skills, awareness and working knowledge of risk assessments and health and safety principles and experience of working with volunteers.


You will also have some knowledge of rights of way legislation and of practical maintenance techniques. A relevant qualification in countryside management or similar is preferred.


Additional information


For further information contact Rob Coate on 01823 356851.


Somerset County Council is subject to Part 7 of the Immigration Act (2016) and therefore the ability to speak fluent English will be an essential requirement for customer-facing roles.


Please note if an internal applicant who is at risk of redundancy or in need of redeployment has applied for this role and passed the selection process they will be offered the role over remaining internal and external applicants.


Apply online here


Closing date: 06 October 2019


Job Ref: SCC00803/AMB


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