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East Sussex County Council

Principal Rights of Way & Countryside Maintenance Officer

Ref: Orbis/TP/44837/37708

Salary: £41,626 - £43,138

Location: Heathfield

Do you want to help improve countryside access in East Sussex? Do you want to lead a maintenance team ensuring safe access over the county’s 2,000-mile path network?

If you do, then please consider this role within the Rights of Way & Countryside Team.

This county-wide role carries out maintenance work through the management of a dedicated bridge replacement and surfacing programme. Along with our other Principal Officer, it shares the management of our team of maintenance rangers and the associated health and safety procedures.

If successful, you will be involved with bids for capital funding, the recruitment of staff and close working with the wider Rights of Way & Countryside Team.

Contract and budget management is a significant aspect of the role. You will need to be an excellent communicator and should be experienced in producing formal reports and documents.

This role will require independent travel around East Sussex to remote locations in all weathers. You will be dealing with a wide range of people, often resolving competing interests.

We are looking for candidates who:

  • Have knowledge and experience of working in rights of way, countryside access or related areas
  • Can interpret maps and use GIS systems
  • Have an excellent understanding of practical countryside skills and construction techniques
  • Are able to administer a complex, often competing workload
  • Have an excellent knowledge of Rights of Way and ecological legislation.

If you are interested in this role, please follow the ‘Apply Now’ button. When completing your application be sure to address how you meet all the criteria in the person specification drawing on any relevant work/life experience, education, or personal interests.

Interviews will take place in-person at the East Sussex County Council Highways Depot, Burwash Road, Heathfield, TN21 8RA on Wednesday 20 December. If you are unavailable on this date, please let us know and we may be able to accommodate this.

Working in the Rights of Way & Countryside Team is an opportunity to make a real difference to public access across the county. If you have a passion for rights of way and the countryside, and think you’re the right person for this role, we would welcome your application.

For work that makes a difference.

Additional Information

Your starting salary will be pro rata if the above position is part-time or term-time only.

Work Permits: we may be able to obtain a Work Permit for this post, but this is subject to meeting the requirements of the UK Border Agency’s Points-based Immigration System.

Due to the restrictions, we cannot guarantee that individuals that meet the requirements of the Points-based Immigration System will be issued with clearance to obtain work permits.

If you require sponsorship to work in the UK, please let the hiring manager know this in your application so we can check eligibility for sponsorship for the role.

If you require any reasonable adjustments, due to disability, to enable you to participate fully in the process please contact the hiring manager on the contact details above.

Reasonable adjustments include things like an offline application form. If you would like to discuss your requirements further, please get in touch.

For an informal discussion, please contact Andy Le Gresley at

To apply for this post, please click here

Closing date: 12 December 2023.

East Sussex County Council is an equal opportunities employer. We welcome applications from all suitable candidates, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, disability or age. All applications are treated on merit.

Closing Date: 12/12/2023  Location: Heathfield

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