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Durham County Council

Tees Swale Programme Manager

Contract Type: Temporary
Working Pattern: Full time
Salary: Grade 13 £40,578 to £44,624
Hours per week: 37
Employment Location: North Pennines AONB Office, Stanhope
Closing date: 4 September 2022

The North Pennines AONB Partnership is looking for a manager for the ground-breaking nature recovery and engagement programme, Tees-Swale – naturally connected. After three years in development, this National Lottery Heritage Fund supported programme began in 2020 and is now making things happen on the ground. This post is temporary until September 2025 with a possibility of being extended until 2026.

Tees-Swale is led by the North Pennines AONB Partnership, with the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, and covers nearly 850km2 of outstanding Protected Landscape. The team is supported by a programme Board, chaired by Sir John Lawton. We aim to demonstrate how — by working in tandem with our High Nature Value farmers in particular — we can conserve, restore, expand and connect priority habitats on an unprecedented scale; at the same time, this work will deliver multiple other public benefits including climate change mitigation, flood-risk management and increasing people’s well-being.

If you want to make a real difference for nature recovery and engaging people with nature, have an in-depth knowledge of conservation and a strong understanding of farmers and farming, can build and sustain relationships with people and organisations, and can manage a major programme, professional staff and complex budgets, then we’d like to hear from you.

The post will be based in Stanhope, in County Durham (with flexibility for a degree of remote working), with the need for travel throughout the programme area. The postholder will be employed by Durham County Council on behalf of the AONB Partnership.

Applicants should hold a degree or equivalent in a conservation, environmental or heritage management related subject and have substantial experience of successfully managing complex multi-partner projects relating to the conservation of natural beauty or land management.

Find out more / Meet the Team – We will be holding an online session for potential applicants at 6.30pm on Thursday 18th August. Register by contacting:

For full details and how to apply, click here

Interviews will be held on Friday 9 September 2022

Closing Date: 04/09/2022  Location: North Pennines AONB Partnership Offices, Stanhope

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