AONB Manager

AONB Manager

We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced Environmental Manager to lead the Quantock Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) team, which is hosted by Somerset County Council as part of its Economic and Community Infrastructure Team.

We recognise the importance of a good balance between work and home life so we do everything we can to accommodate flexible working including some working from home,

Here’s what you can expect to be doing

As the Quantock Hills AONB Manager, you will be responsible for advocating the conservation and enhancement of the Quantock Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (QHAONB) and delivering the aims and outcomes in the current AONB Management Plan and AONB legislation. You will act as lead officer for preparing and implementing future AONB Management Plans, work programme priorities and provision of advice as guided by the QHAONB Joint Advisory Committee (JAC).

You will need to work effectively, managing relationships with the many land owners and land managers, partner organisations, businesses and local communities of the AONB. You will manage the QHAONB service and budget on behalf of the partnership, constantly seeking ways to maximise conservation and enhancement of the AONB landscape by identifying future trends that will affect the area and developing partnership and external funding project opportunities.

A few things about you

To be successful you will need to have a degree or equivalent in land/environment management, rural conservation, natural heritage, or other related subject and/or equivalent experience. You will have in depth knowledge of current legislation, policies, and practices with respect to AONBs, working knowledge of appropriate land management and environmental techniques covering both natural and built heritage as well as knowledge of issues affecting, research into and best practice for protected landscapes.

Additional information

For an informal discussion about the role please contact Jonathan Doyle: 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.

If this role is customer facing you will need to speak fluent English.

The current salary for this role is £34,728 to £38,890 per annum

Interviews will take place via MS Teams

Why choose Somerset County Council

We are proud to offer an environment that is supportive and rewarding, working as part of a team who are passionate about the work they do to improve the lives of people in Somerset. We offer great training and development opportunities, with supportive management. As well as this, we have some fantastic employee benefits available:

• We promote a healthy work-life balance and offer flexible working arrangements wherever possible, including working from home.
• Generous annual leave allowance, with the opportunity to purchase additional leave.
• Staff discounts in gyms.
• Employee Assistance for the times you may need some support and a variety of employee wellbeing services.
• Auto enrolment onto our generous Pension Scheme and optional pension enhancement through our Additional Voluntary Contribution scheme.
• A Flexible Benefits Scheme via salary sacrifice to obtain a cycle for work and health screenings.
• My Staff Shop offering discounts in shops, online shopping, restaurants, cinema tickets, insurance benefits and more.

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Job Overview
  • Salary
    £34,728 to £38,890
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  • Disability Confident
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