Farming in Protected Landscapes Officer

North Pennines AONB Partnership

We are looking for an individual who has the ability to negotiate and build relationships with farmers, land managers and landowners to enable them to collaborate for nature conservation and ecosystem service outcomes. This post is temporary until 31 March 2025.


You will support the delivery of the Farming in Protected Landscapes (FiPL) programme on behalf of the North Pennines AONB Partnership.

You will lead on conservation, land management and access advice and guidance, to promote high quality applications to the programme.

We encourage you to contact Sarah Tooze, Nature Recovery Manager via email at [email protected] to arrange an informal discussion about the role.


You will need a HND or equivalent and have experience of successful working with farmers and land managers to achieve conservation objectives, including through agri-environment schemes.

You will have practical experience of upland habitats – assessment, survey, restoration and management.

Please refer to the person specification for the full criteria.


In line with the County Council’s Recruitment and Selection Policy, please note that we are unable to accept CVs. Applications must be submitted on-line via the Northeast Jobs portal.

Please use the ‘Person Specification’ section of your application form to demonstrate that you have the essential and where possible, desirable experience, skills, and knowledge. Candidates who do not evidence that they meet the essential qualifications and experience listed on the person specification will not be short-listed.


Interviews are scheduled to be held on Monday 26 June and (if the number of shortlisted applicants require it) Tuesday 27 June 2023.

We operate a guaranteed interview scheme for applicants that can show they meet all the essential criteria and have indicated they have a disability, are a looked after young person, care leaver or a veteran.

If you have any support needs or require assistance when applying for this role, please contact the Payroll and Employee Services Team via email [email protected] or telephone 03000 264469 / 264798 / 264764 / 264778


We can offer you a range of employee benefits including competitive salaries, a generous leave entitlement of up to 32 days, a government pension scheme and various flexible and hybrid working options (benefits are subject to individual Terms and Conditions).

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Durham County Council currently operates a hybrid working policy where a model of 2 days in the workplace and 3 days at home/remote will apply. This model is pro-rated for part time roles and arrangements are at managers discretion, alternatively you can work all of your contracted hours within the workplace if you prefer.


We are a proud equal opportunities employer and recognise the value of difference, having a diverse talented workforce brings new ideas and new perspectives, which will facilitate growth and improvements to services.

As a Disability Confident Leader, we encourage applications from disabled people and can provide support throughout the recruitment process, for more information please refer to the Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion page on our website.

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