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Somerset County Council

Rights of Way Area Warden

Closing on: 21/10/2021

£22,183 - £25,481 per annum

Full Time

Fixed term contract until 31 March 2022.


A bit about us

Interested in public rights of way? Already a team of 25, we’re looking for a Temporary Area Warden until the end of March 2022, with a possibility of further extension, to help keep the extensive public rights of way network open and easy to use. This role has arisen due to the increase in reported issues following increased use of the path network. As a Temporary Rights of Way Area Warden you would be the focal point for all rights of way and open access enquiries/ issues for a specific part of Somerset.

Here's what you can expect to be doing

You would be investigating issues to a conclusion, identifying appropriate options for addressing breaches of relevant legislation and arranging for necessary works to be undertaken. This will involve working with stakeholders to achieve the right outcome. You will ensure that land-managers and other parties fulfil their statutory obligations in relation to public access, often dealing with contentious issues & disputes. The office base for the role is at County Hall Taunton, however the job holder is required to travel widely through their assigned part of the county with frequent lone working often in remote and isolated locations, requiring the jobholder to walk long distances & negotiate difficult terrain in all seasons.

A few things about you

You will need to have strong communication, negotiation and collaboration skills and knowledge of rights of way legislation and access in the countryside. Knowledge of basic maintenance and construction techniques is also essential to the role.

The ability to prioritise competing demands will be essential as well as managing spend of a small budget. You should either be qualified to a minimum of HND level or equivalent in countryside management/a related subject, and 2 years relevant experience in public rights of way/countryside management being desirable.

Additional information

For an informal discussion please contact Rob Coate, Senior Rights of Way Officer 07919 540685 or Pete Hobley, Rights of Way Service Manager 07595 647792.

When completing your application/CV please provide a supporting statement and your full employment history and ensure that any gaps in employment are explained. Please start with your current or most recent employment.

Interviews will be taking place virtually on Microsoft Teams.

Apply here

Closing Date: 21/10/2021  Location: Taunton

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