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Durham County Council

Rights of Way Officer

Grade 7 £23,541 to £27,041 p.a.
Location: County Hall, Durham

An exciting and challenging opportunity has arisen within the Council’s Access and Rights of Way Team for the position of Rights of Way Officer.

If you have an interest in public access to the countryside, are a good communicator with a proven track record in solving problems and dealing with people, this may be the ideal opportunity for you. You’ll make full use of your skills as you manage part of the network of public rights of way in County Durham, covering maintenance, enforcement and Public Path Order work.

You’ll take the lead in your area to ensure that public rights of way are open and available, and that the rights of the public are protected and asserted. Where necessary you’ll ensure that proposals to change the network of paths are processed effectively.

You’ll have a relevant qualification and experience and have a confident, diplomatic and persuasive personality to negotiate with, present to and influence a range of different people. You’ll also need to be a quick learner. This role demands good communication skills, self-motivation and flexibility. By joining our busy and dedicated team, you will help to maintain the Council’s legal record of Public Rights of Way.

The 3500 km of public rights of way in County Durham are a key element in the transport network, helping people to get to work and school, to enjoy the countryside and take exercise. You will be joining an experienced team of Rights of Way Officers and Definitive Map Officers.

The successful candidate will be based in the Access and Rights of Way Team, currently working from home but normally based at County Hall in Durham, but will also need to visit locations throughout County Durham.

Applications are invited for the above posts from suitably qualified persons, with a minimum of an HNC or equivalent in a relevant discipline, and suitable experience. Training and support will be provided, though previous experience of public rights of way work is desirable.

Good written and oral communication skills are essential requirements, as are ICT skills, familiarity with the use of maps and access to transport. The post is suitable for job share.

Interviews are scheduled to take place via Microsoft Teams on a date to be confirmed.

Further information regarding these posts is available from Mike Ogden on 03000 265331 mike.ogden@durham.gov.uk or Nick Howell on 03000 265335 nicholas.howell@durham.gov.uk

To apply, please click here  

Vacancy Ref. No. REG21-017 NEJ No. 210753

Closing Date: Midnight on 8 August 2021

Closing Date: 08/08/2021  Location: County Hall, Durham

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