Rights of Way Officer x2

Suffolk County Council

Suffolk County Council, Ipswich IP1 2BX and Bury St Edmunds IP30 9ND
Rights Of Way Officer (2 posts)
£32,076 per annum (pro rata for part time)
Full Time/Part Time
Reference: 14836

Job details

We have two great opportunities to join the Suffolk County Council (SCC) Rights of Way and
Access Team as a Rights of Way Officer, based in either Ipswich or Rougham, but working across
the county.

  • Do you have experience in the Access and Natural Environment sector?
  • Would you like to work in an incredibly varied, challenging and rewarding role?
  • Are you passionate about making a positive difference in the lives of people living and
    working in Suffolk?

Your role and responsibilities

  • working across a large geographical area, in a technical role delivering the maintenance and
    protection of the Rights of Way and Access network
  • engaging with a variety of stakeholders to respond to changing demands and priorities 
  • identifying and actively developing opportunities to improve the rights of way network and
    people’s ability to use it, in line with the Green Access Strategy
  • preparing, directing and delivering work programmes and projects, through contractors and
    volunteers to required standards, including associated budget management and application of
    associated regulations
  • delivering the effective protection of the public’s rights to use the rights of way network
    including statutory enforcement
  • effectively managing your own time to monitor and respond to reports, liaising with
    colleagues and dealing with members of the public, contractors, landowners, parish councils,
    councillors and other key stakeholders
  • acting as a local champion for the rights of way and access network.

What you will need

  • a degree/HND or similar level qualification or equivalent experience
  • knowledge of rights of way and access maintenance and protection procedures, and legislation
    or associated discipline
  • experience of managing your own caseload within a team environment
  • attention to detail in relation to various forms of information
  • the ability to interpret sources, problem solve, put forward a range of options and make
    judgements on complex issues
  • influencing and negotiating skills, particularly in a front-line service context
  • to be a confident communicator with strong verbal and written skills
  • strong organisational skills, able to prioritise and manage a high volume of work and
    competing demands.

You can view a full list of requirements in the Job and Person Profile.

If you believe you can succeed in this role, please apply, even if you don’t meet all
requirements. We would appreciate the opportunity to consider your application.

The team

The Rights of Way and Access team is part of the Natural and Historic Environment Department.
We are a friendly and professional team looking after Suffolk’s Rights of Way and access
network. This includes 5,700km of public rights of way, open access and informal routes.
Suffolk County Council’s ‘Suffolk Green Access Strategy 2020-2030’ covers the team’s main
priorities with the vision ‘to get more people using and enjoying Suffolk’s Green Access
Network’. Please take a look Suffolk Green Access Strategy 2020-2030 (suffolk.gov.uk).

The Operations Team sits within Rights of Way and Access, with the specific role of maintaining
and protecting the Rights of Way network and developing and delivering practical work schemes.

The team is highly motivated with a passion for Suffolk’s natural environment.

Empowering Everyone

We are big believers in potential, possibility and the power of different ideas. We’re always
searching for ways to encourage, respect and enable everyone to be the best they can be. We
want to represent the diverse communities we serve. We welcome applications from all
individuals, especially those from groups that are currently underrepresented in the
organisation, as shown in our Workforce Equality Report (suffolk.gov.uk).

For more information

Please contact James Pickerin (he/him) for a casual conversation. You can reach him by calling
01284 741352 or emailing [email protected]

How to apply:

To apply and for further details, please visit our website.

Closing date: 11.30pm, 4 June 2024.

Interview dates: 13 / 14 June 2024.

This authority is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people
and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. DBS checks
or police vetting will be required for relevant posts. We are also committed to flexible

Suffolk County Council – welcoming diversity.

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