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Cranborne Chase and Chalke Valley Landscape Partnership Scheme

Heritage and Community Engagement Officer (FT)


Post: Fixed term contract until 31/03/2024

Salary: £26,999 – 28,785

Base: Near Tollard Royal, Wiltshire

Closing date: 11pm Sunday 22nd September 2019


Do you have the passion, drive, experience and enthusiasm to help deliver a new, innovative five-year scheme comprising 20 ambitious projects? The Cranborne Chase and Chalke Valley Landscape Partnership has been awarded £1.68m from the National Lottery Heritage Fund. Together with partner match funding, this £2.7m scheme aims to enhance the natural, historic and cultural heritage of this stunning, historic landscape through encouraging widespread community engagement and involvement.


You will be responsible, as part of a small team, for successful scheme delivery by 2024 and for ensuring it creates lasting memories and a legacy for the area. The team will comprise a Landscape Partnership Manager (FT), a Countryside Ranger/Volunteer Co-ordinator (FT), a Communications Officer (PT), a Support Officer (PT) and this post. The Landscape Partnership team will form part of, and be supported by, the Cranborne Chase AONB team. To view the Landscape Conservation Action Plan and projects click here


As Heritage and Community Engagement Officer, you will have specific responsibility for leading the development and delivery of projects within the Cultural Landscape theme, such as Memories Captured, Characters of the Chase, Artists Residencies, Silk Flags, Walking Festival, Voices / Words in the Landscape and Roman Rally, whilst having an input to other projects as required and appropriate. Many of the Cultural Landscape projects are one-time events whilst other projects within the scheme are of longer duration.


You’ll have at least 3 years proven experience of forging lasting links with, and working alongside a myriad of partners, artists, communities of interest and place, schools, youngsters and encouraging participation from those from further afield. You’ll also demonstrate experience of recruiting, motivating, training and managing volunteers. You’ll enjoy sharing your passion for cultural heritage with a wide range of communities including ‘hard to reach’ groups; some of whom may face challenges accessing the area, helping them to enjoy, learn and take advantage of this stunning area for their enjoyment, health and wellbeing.


Organising inspiring, inclusive, learning and practical activities and some major public events, is a critical part of the role. You’ll relish the opportunity of bringing to life the stories of people and the landscape over the millennia through working with partners, groups and relevant artists, and have a genuine, proven enthusiasm for cultural heritage. You will have endless passion to engage and inspire people to discover and celebrate the area’s characters, art, traditions, crafts, and even the odd myth and legend, through multiple media, such as music, poetry, artistic expression and community theatre.


With excellent communication skills you’ll offer inspiring presentations, enjoy developing innovative learning and interpretative materials and researching further the cultural/community heritage of the area. If you’re a dedicated team player with a passion for cultural heritage then we’d love to hear from you.

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For an informal discussion please contact Linda Nunn, AONB Director on 01725 517417 or lindanunn@cranbornechase.org.uk          


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