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Principal Officer - Countryside Access OCC5839


Title: Principal Countryside Access Officer

Location: Oxford

Contract: Full time, permanent

Salary: £37,849 - £44,632 per annum

Contact: Hugh Potter on 07766 998704

Links: Role Profile and Context Statement



Oxfordshire’s countryside is a hugely valuable resource and we’re looking for an experienced countryside access professional to lead the discipline for the authority.


You will be a knowledgeable, enthusiastic and passionate advocate for countryside access; a professional who understands the importance of the public rights of way network and has enhanced technical and legal knowledge with a proven record of achievement. Not afraid to experiment and develop new initiatives in partnership with a wide range of stakeholders including voluntary & special interest groups.


The role requires excellent interpersonal and organisational skills, with the aim of providing a modern, responsive and effective service delivering good quality access to the countryside for the county’s residents and visitors across the 2600-mile public rights of way network. This is a demanding, varied but rewarding role. If you are committed to the positive benefits of access to the outdoors as well as promoting sustainable and responsible use of the public rights of way network, we’d like to hear from you.


The post includes generous leave, flexible working, access to the local government pension scheme as well as a car allowance. The post is on a career grade with wide salary scales. Starting point is negotiable depending on skills and experience, but we are looking to appoint towards the top of the grade where appropriate.


To see if you are the right person for this role, follow the links above. For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Hugh Potter on 07766 998704.



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 part time working and job share arrangements.

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