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Suffolk County Council

AONB Natural Heritage Officer

Suffolk County Council, AONB Office, Melton IP12 1PE

£27,041 - £30,451 per annum (pro rata for part time)

Part time

20 hours per week

Fixed term until 31 March 2025 (project)

Closing date: 11.30pm, 25 November 2021.

Reference: 1816

We are committed to flexible working. To view the types of flexible or part time working available for this role, please see the Job and Person Profile.

A great opportunity to join the Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) team hosted by Suffolk County Council as a Natural Heritage Officer.

  • Are you an enthusiastic project manager with a creative flair who can bring the landscapes of the Suffolk Coast and Heaths and Dedham Vale AONBs to life?
  • Does the idea of spending time out in these special landscapes, inspiring others to find out more about them motivate you?
  • Does a varied job, covering website management and event organisation to outreach work and training volunteers sound interesting?

Your role

  • you will develop and deliver a series of engagement projects including a fixed-point photography initiative to engage people in learning about and celebrating the landscapes and the cultural and natural heritage of the Dedham Vale and Suffolk Coast and Heaths AONBs.
  • you will seek out and develop opportunities for local business and community groups to engage with the AONBs
  • you will have a passion for connecting people with the environment using your project management and communication skills.

Your responsibilities

  • to lead the delivery of a series of outreach projects as part of the bigger 'Celebrating 50 Years’ Project, made possible with a grant from the NLHF, to increase understanding and enjoyment of the AONBs and to celebrate everything that is special about these areas 50 years on from their designation
  • taking a partnership approach, you will actively seek out and pursue opportunities to ensure the delivery of the project is inclusive, removes barriers to access and reaches new and diverse audiences
  • you will have creative flair as well as technical knowledge to deliver excellent communication across multiple platforms and you'll relish the opportunity to spend time out and about in two fabulous landscapes, sharing and inspiring others to find out more about what makes them so special.

You will need:

  • excellent communication skills to deliver effective community engagement
  • proven experience in planning and delivering projects on time and on budget
  • the knowledge and ability to work across disciplines and deliver activity on all aspects of the project.

You can view a full list of requirements in the Job and Person Profile (link below). If you think you have what it takes to be successful in this role, even if you don’t meet all the requirements, please apply. We would appreciate the opportunity to consider your application.

The team

  • we are a small team committed to conserving and enhancing the natural beauty of two nationally designated landscapes
  • we encourage a supportive team culture and flexible working options
  • this is a role with endless possibilities for you to make your mark with two of the nations finest landscapes to work in.

We will offer you:

Travelling requirements for your role

  • Frequent Travel Essential - We positively encourage the use of technology to communicate and engage, but in this role, you will need to travel, so you must either hold a full and current driving licence and have access to personal transport or meet the mobility requirements of the role through other reasonable and suitable means. If you require a reasonable adjustment due to a disability to meet the travel requirements of this role, please speak with the contact detailed below.

To find out more:

For an informal discussion about this role, please contact Paula Booth on 07921 404693

How to apply:

Please click here to apply

Closing date: 11.30pm, 25 November 2021.

Interview date: 9 December 2021.

Due to the continued situation relating to COVID-19 and reduced occupancy in our buildings, we are starting to explore and trial new hybrid and remote working practices. If you wish to discuss how that might impact your working arrangements, please contact the recruiting manager.

This authority 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. DBS checks or police vetting will be required for relevant posts. We are also committed to flexible working.

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Closing Date: 25/11/2021  Location: Suffolk County Council, AONB Office, Melton IP12 1PE

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