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Howardian Hills Farming and Conservation Officer

North Yorkshire County Council
North Yorkshire
£28,227 to £30,984
Closing date
15 May 2022

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Corporate Services, Administration, Communications, Customer Services, Environment, Sustainability, Leisure and Culture, Countryside, Regeneration and Local Economies, Rural Development
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We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced conservationist to join the Howardian Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) team, which is hosted by North Yorkshire County Council as part of its Growth, Planning and Trading Standards Team.

The role

This is a job like no other – you will be part of a small multi-disciplined team working to shape the future of the Howardian Hills AONB. We are highly regarded professionals who are part of a larger network of Protected Landscapes teams.

As our Howardian Hills Farming and Conservation Officer, your role will support the delivery of the new Farming in Protected Landscapes programme on the ground within the Howardian Hills AONB. You will provide a first point of contact between the Howardian Hills AONB and potential applicants to the Farming in Protected Landscapes programme, lead on advice on conservation, land management and access and engagement, to promote high quality applications to the programme, and support applicants with their applications, and where necessary help guide subsequent delivery, especially for those applicants that are ‘harder to reach’ You will support the work of the Farming in Protected Landscapes Local Assessment Panel, including the provision of summary reports and recommendations on applications and to work in partnership as appropriate with other bodies and organisations active within and around the Howardian Hills to deliver the programme effectively, in particular staff at the North York Moors National Park Authority.

We are also advertising for an HHAONB Project Officer role, which may also be of interest.

What you will bring

To be successful you will need to have an HND or equivalent in Countryside Management or a similar subject, or significant experience which the applicant can show is directly related to the duties of the post. You will have good ecological field skills, particularly relating to farmland habitats and knowledge of current agri-environment schemes and emerging opportunities through Environmental Land Management. You will have experience working with farmers and land managers to achieve conservation objectives, including through agri-environment schemes, have practical experience of farmland habitats – identification, assessment, survey, restoration and management. Excellent communication skills both orally and written are key to this role with the ability to develop strong partnerships and co-operation between organisations and between conservationists and land managers. You will have an organised approach to work, using your own initiative and working to deadlines.

This post is office based with some home working and will also require significant travel within the AONB for site visits, meetings and attending events, including outside of normal office hours. Though initially a temporary contract to 31 March 2024, it is hoped to continue the role beyond that date.

As an organisation, we strongly believe in promoting a work life balance, with flexible working opportunities and modern technology. You may also benefit from homeworking. You will have access to some great benefits via our everybody benefit’s scheme such as shopping discounts, home technology and green car salary sacrifice schemes, financial wellbeing and health assured and our employee assistance programme to assist with your health and wellbeing. You will also have access to our local government pension scheme, a generous plan for your retirement with the option to increase your monthly contribution if you so wish. For more information on the benefits we offer please see our Total Rewards Brochure.

If you would like to know more about our position please contact Estelle Hook via or 07890 051137.

It is important that your CV includes: your full contact details (telephone, email, address), full employment history (name of employer, job titles, dates of employment and salary), full education history (qualification, grade, dates and place of study), explanation of any gaps in employment and the contact details of at least two referees including your current / most recent employer indicating whether you consent to us contacting each referee prior to interview.

Your personal statement should outline your motivation for applying and how you meet the criteria for the role.

To apply please click the Apply Now link below.


The County of North Yorkshire is the largest County in England and Wales. Within the county are 598 square miles of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, and 530 square miles of the North York Moors National Park. The county is included in the Yorkshire and Humberside Region.

Whilst the economy of the County has traditionally been dependent on agriculture and tourism, there is a fast growing high technology base and this, together with other forms of light manufacturing industry, is of increasing importance. The County Council has an active policy of economic development and the predominantly rural character of the County is highly attractive to high technology businesses as well as the traditional industries of farming, food production and tourism. The County contains several centres of great historic interest, market towns that invite light industrial development, the modern coalfield area in the South, scenic, lightly populated upland areas and the extensive lowland area in the Vale of York.

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