Chalkscapes Development Officer (Conservation)

Chilterns Conservation Board

North Chilterns
£30,000 pa pro rata

Paid • Part Time • Fixed Term Contract

www.chilternsaonb.org [email protected]

Sectors: conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Friday, 13th November 2020  


Development Officer (Conservation)
Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Employer: Chilterns Conservation Board (CCB), The Lodge, 90 Station Road, Chinnor, OX39 4HA
Post location:The post will be based in the North Chilterns project area and flexible home working will be considered, dependent on Covid restrictions
Salary: £30,000 per annum, pro rata
Hours: 0.8WTE (30 hours per week). 21 months fixed term contract with a possible 5 year extension subject to successful development phase
Closing date: 13th November 2020, 12 noon
Interview date: 24th November 2020

We are looking for a capable Development Officer to support the development of a Stage 2 National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF) bid for ‘Chalkscapes’, a £2.8m, 5 year partnership project designed to inspire people to appreciate, enjoy and take action for the countryside on their doorstep.

The successful candidate will lead the development of proposals for landscape scale habitat conservation, restoration and enhancement, and of proposals to expand, diversify and build the capacity of conservation and heritage volunteering in the project area.

The successful candidate will also help develop and grow the partnership - currently made up of more than 14 organisations, led by the Chilterns Conservation Board – inputting into the work, helping to secure match funding and assisting in the preparation of the documentation for the submission of the delivery bid.

If the bid is successful, there may be an opportunity for a 5 year extension in order for the post holder to move into the delivery phase of the project.

Chalkscapes focuses on the iconic chalk landscape of the North Chilterns. This protected landscape encircles Dunstable and Luton and stretches across Central Bedfordshire, Luton and Hertfordshire.

The Chilterns is one of the most visited landscapes in Europe. It is nationally and internationally significant for its geology and ecology, and is rich in cultural heritage. But this is also a landscape under pressure. Relentless development, changes in land management and environmental pressures are triggering alarming wildlife declines. Nearby urban communities are increasingly disconnected with the landscape and heritage which surrounds them.

Chalkscapes gives people new opportunities to engage with, learn from and care for their landscape. It reaches out to urban, disconnected audiences where they live, providing pathways to a greater understanding and appreciation of the natural heritage and landscape which has served urban centres for generations.

With communities at its heart, Chalkscapes will seek creative ways to engage diverse audiences and forge a new sense of place and belonging.

We are looking for someone who will create long lasting impact through building commitment to and enthusiasm for a landscape scale conservation approach across the area.

If you have a love of landscapes, history and wildlife and are keen to help the public get more involved in championing and caring for special places this is an excellent opportunity.

The Development Officer will be employed by Chilterns Conservation Board. The CCB offers 26 days annual leave plus 8 public holidays, a contributory pension scheme (Bucks County Council Local Government Pension Scheme) and expenses at 45p/mile mileage rate.

Click here to download the job pack, including job description, person specification and application form.

Completed application forms should be emailed to: [email protected].

For more details or an informal discussion, please contact Claire Readey: [email protected] to arrange a call.


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