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Countryside Tasks Team - Senior Assistant OCC8417



Salary Range: £24,313 - £26,999 per annum (typical Grade 8 salary range)

Work Location: Eynsham, Oxfordshire

Hours per week: 37

Contract type: Permanent

Closing date: 7 April 2019

Provisional interview date: 17 April 2019


An exciting opportunity to play a central role in providing, maintaining and protecting access to the wonderful countryside of Oxfordshire. 

We are looking for an enthusiastic and hardworking individual with a passion for the countryside to join our front-line in-house maintenance service. 

The Countryside Tasks Team look after the practical management of a 2600-mile public rights of way network providing a service that is both sensitive and responsive to the needs of the public, landowners and local communities. In your role you will assist and support the Tasks Team Supervisor by leading the practical delivery of the County Council’s statutory duties. Working with existing team members you will, alongside the current Senior Assistant, be responsible for daily supervision and direction of the two Tasks Team Assistants in the direct delivery of small-scale practical maintenance and improvement projects on the public rights of way network. You will be required to work extensively outdoors throughout the year, sometimes in remote locations, leading the team using your proven practical countryside skills.

Holding a qualification in countryside management or in a related discipline, you will have at least two years of experience to bring to a team setting with a view to consolidate or further develop knowledge of leading small teams to deliver high quality results in the field.  Ideally you will already have experience and relevant certification in the application and maintenance of power tools and plant. You will also have the necessary skills to accurately interpret Ordnance Survey plans and fulfil the travel requirements of the role.

The post is permanent, subject to satisfactory probationary period etc.

To see if this is the job for you, please see Context Statement and Role Profile for further information.

For an informal discussion of the role, please contact Matt Ball, Countryside Tasks Supervisor on 07860 703978.


Our Organisation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. We expect all employees, workers and volunteers to share this commitment. We will ensure that all our recruitment and selection practices reflect this commitment.

As a Disability Confident employer we guarantee an interview for disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the job. We also guarantee interviews to care leavers who have completed further education and who meet the essential criteria for the job. For those leaving care without any further education we guarantee an interview for our apprenticeships. 

All posts, unless stated otherwise, are open to flexible working arrangements.

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