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Howardian Hills AONB Project Officer

North Yorkshire County Council
North Yorkshire
£30,984 to £33,486
Closing date
15 May 2022

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Leisure and Culture, Countryside, Regeneration and Local Economies, Rural Development
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Full time
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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 AONB Project Officer, your role will be to conserve and enhance the AONB specifically through initiating, developing and implementing improvement projects involving partners and stakeholders, providing advice on and influencing management of the AONB, raising community awareness and promoting work accomplished to improve the HH AONB as guided by the Joint Advisory Committee (JAC) and NYCC processes. You will develop and manage relationships with key partners and the community, provide specialist and appropriate advice on matters affecting the AONB, co-ordinate and deliver projects; influencing partners and stakeholders to invest in improvements through external funding and publicise and disseminate best practice examples. You will also be required to work independently under the guidance of the HH AONB Manager.

This post is mainly office based with some home working and the post holder should also be able to make site visits, travel to meetings and attend events outside of normal office hours.

What you will bring

To be successful you will need to have a degree or equivalent in environment management, rural conservation, natural or built heritage or a related subject. You will have knowledge and experience of land management, environment and conservation techniques and/or heritage. Have experience of project management, and developing and implementing practical programmes of work, preferably including contract supervision working to an agreed budget. Be able to demonstrate the ability to research, analyse, and interpret complex information including financial monitoring as well as present information in a format relevant to differing audiences both formal reports and updates, verbally and written. Have excellent interpersonal skills and be able to successfully persuade, influence and/or negotiate with others in a range of situations.

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.

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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