Rights of Way Area Warden
Fixed term contract until 31 March 2022.
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 and dealing with 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 landowners, volunteers, parish councils, contractors and other 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. Working from home is an available option when not out on site.
A few things about you
You will 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.
For an informal discussion about the role 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.
The current salary for this role is £22,183 to £25,481 per annum
Why choose Somerset County Council
We offer an excellent benefits package to all of our employees, including:
– A Local Government Pension Scheme.
– Discounted lease car via salary sacrifice scheme and options for discounts on petrol or diesel.
– My Staff Shop offering discounts in shops, online shopping, restaurants, cinema tickets, insurance benefits and so forth.
– A Flexible Benefits Scheme via salary sacrifice to obtain a cycle for work, childcare vouchers, additional annual leave, computers, mobile phones
and health screening.
– Generous annual leave and flexible working arrangements.
– Staff discounts in gyms.
– Employee Assistance and support offering a variety of employee wellbeing services to support a healthy work/life balance and lifestyle.
– Optional pension enhancement through our Additional Voluntary Contribution scheme.
Somerset County Council must ensure that each person who works for the public authority in a customer-facing role can speak fluent English. This post is covered by Part 7 of the Immigration Act (2016) and therefore the ability to speak fluent English is an essential requirement for the role.