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Surrey County Council

Countryside Access Assistant - Volunteer Coordinator

The starting salary for this permanent position is £27,991 per annum based on a 36 hour working week (pay award pending). The role will be based at either Consort House, Redhill or Whitebeam Lodge, Merrow, Guildford (to be agreed).

Are you looking for a varied role in the Countryside, helping to maintain and improve public rights of way?

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a full time Countryside Access Assistant in our Maintenance and Enforcement Team to identify, plan and deliver practical tasks and opportunities with volunteers across the county. As a Countryside Access Assistant, you will play an essential role in enhancing this service by engaging with a diverse range of groups and individuals in Surrey and beyond.

About Us

The Countryside Access team sits within our Environment, Transport and Infrastructure Directorate and looks after nearly 2,200 miles of public rights of way. It is responsible for maintenance and enforcement, improvement, and legal definition work across the network, as well as promoting countryside access and biodiversity. The role implements the County Council\'s statutory and priority countryside access duties, powers and responsibilities, including maintenance and inspections.

About The Role

We are seeking an enthusiastic self-starter, with a passion for the countryside and access to it for all. You will be organised, with good IT and communication skills and have the ability to liaise with the public and landholders to find solutions to varied issues. You will work with contractors, user groups, external agencies and volunteers to ensure our rights of way are safe and accessible.

About You

To be shortlisted to interview for this position your application will clearly evidence:

  • Understanding of and enthusiasm for, rights of way and countryside access
  • An interest in rights of way maintenance, and the skills and experience necessary to plan and carry out practical tasks with volunteers
  • Ability to drive or otherwise visit inaccessible locations, with equipment and sometimes at short notice. Therefore, a valid driving license and access to a car is required
  • Ability to work outdoors in all weather and sometimes in difficult terrain
  • Flexibility to occasionally work weekends and evenings


At Surrey, our values and behaviours are just as important as our skills and abilities. They shape who we are as an organisation. Find out more about the values we follow.

The job advert closes at 23:59 on 24th July 2022.

Interviews will take place on Tuesday 2nd August 2022.

For more information and to apply, please visit the job listing on the SCC website here

Contact details

For an informal discussion please contact John Baker on 07968 832699 or at john.baker@surreycc.gov.uk. We look forward to receiving your application.

Benefits

From flexible working to job sharing we are committed to providing a healthy work life balance. A laptop and mobile will be supplied if applicable to your role. You will benefit from 26 days annual leave, rising to 28 days after 2 years' service, a generous local government salary related pension, as well as the option to join our car lease scheme. For more information about the wide variety of benefits you can take advantage of please visit MyBenefits for Surrey County Council staff.

Our Commitment

Surrey County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer of first choice reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all under represented groups.

Closing Date: 24/07/2022  Location: Redhill, Surrey

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