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Surrey County Council

Countryside Access Officer

The starting salary for this position is £32,173 per annum for working 36 hours per week. 

We have a vacancy for a Countryside Access Officer to join our Countryside Access Team. Based in the Legal Definition section of the team, the Countryside Access Officer focuses on our core duties and powers, which are to keep the definitive map up to date and maintain our registers of commons and town and village greens. This incorporates all aspects of legal order making. The team also assembles evidence, provides advice, and publishes technical and legal information to the public and other bodies.

To be successful in this position, you will be an enthusiastic self-starter with a good knowledge of Countryside Access and/or Commons legislation and practice. Experience of establishing and nurturing multi-agency relationships (Borough, District, Town and Parish Councils, voluntary and community organisation, and partnership organisations) and working closely with the public at large is also essential. We also expect that you will have experience of producing written reports and be happy to present them in a variety of fora, including Council committees and at public inquiry. You will be expected to represent the Council as expert witness and to work in conjunction not just with Council colleagues but also with external Counsel, other advocates and contractors.

Work will include a mixture of office work and visits to sites and customers throughout the year.

We are looking for enthusiastic individuals who want to make a valuable contribution towards both improving access to the Surrey countryside and fulfilling our statutory duties. You must be confident working both on your own and as part of a larger team.

To be shortlisted for interview your application and personal statement will clearly evidence:

  • A good knowledge of rights of way and commons registration legislation and practice
  • A good standard of communication, presentation and IT skills
  • Experience of providing excellent customer service
  • Ability to manage workloads and deal with conflicting priorities
  • Experience of flexible, independent and lone working
  • Enthusiasm for and an interest in wider countryside issues
  • Ability to visit inaccessible locations. Access to a car and a valid driving license will be required.

For more information, and to apply, please visit the job on our website at Surrey County Council - Job details (

Closing Date: 26/09/2022  Location: Surrey

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