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Open Spaces Society

Case Officer (Rights of Way)

The Open Spaces Society was founded in 1865 and is Britain’s oldest national conservation body. The society wishes to appoint a Case Officer with responsibility for rights-of-way matters. The role will be home-based and part time (21 hours per week). Salary £21,000 p.a. plus pension contribution.


Primary responsibilities will include:

  • providing technical support on rights-of-way matters to staff and volunteers;
  • acting as one of the society’s case-workers by dealing with requests for advice and answering queries from members of the society on rights of way in England and Wales, by correspondence, telephone and occasional site visits;
  • overseeing the local correspondents’ work on rights of way, liaising with them over path issues, encouraging them to take appropriate action to resolve cases, assisting with recruitment and keeping their guidelines up to date;
  • acting as a co-ordinator between rights-of-way user groups to facilitate meetings and discussions on issues of common interest, and preparing and presenting papers;
  • assisting in the review and development of the society’s policy on rights of way (for example, in relation to the standards expected of diversion orders), and to codify such policy in appropriate guidance.


Candidates must be able to demonstrate:

  • good and up-to-date technical and legal knowledge of all aspects of all categories of public rights of way in England and Wales;
  • excellent spoken and written English;
  • demonstrable experience of prioritising a busy and demanding workload;
  • competent use of office software tools (word processing, spreadsheets, presentations).


Closing date for applications Friday 19 March 2021

Interviews will be held via Zoom during the week commencing 29th March 2021

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