Green Spaces Development Manager

The Royal Borough of Kingston Upon Thames

Kingston Upon Thames
£49,464 - £54,597 pa

Paid • Full Time • Fixed Term Contract

Sectors: conservation & wildlife, food, farming & horticulture

Closing date: Not specified, apply soon!


To apply please complete our online application form via our website. Please attach a cover letter along with your CV outlining what skills, experience and abilities you can bring to this role. Please refer to the role profile.pdf when completing your supporting statement. 

About us

A key objective of our corporate plan ‘Making Kingston Better, Together’ is to create a Cleaner, Greener borough. In Kingston we maintain 31 parks and open spaces, as well as 24 playgrounds across the borough. We want good quality, accessible and attractive green spaces that bring major benefits for the environment and the health and wellbeing of our residents. We are offering an exciting opportunity to help shape and deliver this ambition.

Our current contractual arrangements for grounds maintenance and arboricultural services come to an end in February 2021. This role will be responsible for delivering the recommissioning of these services, ensuring that our residents and established friends groups are fully engaged and able to shape our strategy and service delivery. This is an opportunity for us to review the current processes and priorities in place and establish what works, what doesn't and what might need to change. Due to limited resources, we must ensure that our finances are focused on delivering what is most important to our local residents.

As part of our ongoing work to improve and enhance our green spaces we are investing £1.3million in our borough’s parks through our Community Parks Programme and we aim to secure additional external funding to enhance the programme to date. This scheme will deliver improvements in play, sports and other infrastructure to ensure our parks are fit for purpose and accessible for all. The current programme runs to March 2021. Our new Green Spaces Development Team will also oversee this programme, working closely with the local community and contractors in the design and delivery of schemes to ensure they meet local needs. 

Alongside these key programmes, Kingston aims to further grow and develop the fantastic work that our local communities already do to support nature conservation and maintenance in our parks and other areas and ensure that our strategies for the future align with priorities around air quality and climate change.

About the role

The right person for this role will have a passion for green spaces and delivering positive outcomes for local people and the environment; with experience of engaging a wide range of partners to deliver in this area. Strong project management with a track record of delivery is also essential as is experience of service design, commissioning and contract management. 

This is an eighteen month fixed term role, to align with the delivery of the new contract arrangements and current funding arrangements for the Community Parks Programme. It will be supported by a project officer, a biodiversity officer and members of the established Contracts
Service as required. 

Benefits we offer
Kingston Council has good access to central London and our offices are a short walk from the station based in the middle of the historic and vibrant high street next to the open spaces of the river Thames, offering a wide range of shops, restaurants and leisure facilities; all making for a desirable place to live and work.

The successful candidate will have access to a wide range of staff benefits, some of which include:

  • 26 days annual leave - In addition you will receive 8 statutory bank holidays
  • Local government pension scheme
  • Interest free season loan ticket
  • Cycle to work and Zip Car Scheme
  • Discounts on a range of local shops, restaurants, gyms and leisure centres
  • Comprehensive Learning and Development programme
  • A forward thinking and networked organisation where employee’s views are valued.
  • Modern and flexible working environment allowing employees to benefit from agile working practices.

The Royal Borough of Kingston is Disability Confident Committed. We guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the advertised role and ensure that our recruitment and selection process is inclusive and accessible. 

We particularly welcome applications from black and minority ethnic candidates as they are underrepresented within the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames.

For an informal discussion please contact Deborah Flintoff (Assistant Director, Contracts and Commercial) on 020 8547 5002 

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