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Countryside Access Officer
  • Employer: Surrey County Council
  • Reference: orbis/TP/158069/26585
  • Published: Wed 31/08/2022, 12:41 PM
  • Closing on: Tue 27/09/2022, 0:59 AM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 36.0 hours per week
  • Salary: £32,173 - £35,419 per annum
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Guildford

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Countryside Access Officer

The starting salary for this position is £32,173 per annum for working 36 hours per week.

The Environment, Transport and Infrastructure (ETI) directorate is responsible for a wide range of services including highways, transport, planning, countryside and waste management. These services are critical for people living, working and travelling through Surrey, delivered by the County Council or in partnership.

The Countryside Access Team is within the ETI directorate. The team is responsible for looking after 2,000 miles of public paths, including countryside access, legal, maintenance and improvement work on rights of way. Additionally, the Countryside Access Team is responsible for promoting countryside access and biodiversity.

The Countryside Access Team in the Natural Capital Group provides an excellent service to meet the demands of Surrey’s public and the requirements of our many statutory duties, powers and responsibilities. Based in the Legal Definition section of the team, the Countryside Access Officer focuses on our core duties and powers, which are to keep the definitive map up to date and maintain our registers of commons and town and village greens. This incorporates all aspects of legal order making. The team also assembles evidence, provides advice, and publishes technical and legal information to the public and other bodies.

About you

To be successful in this position, you will be an enthusiastic self-starter with a good knowledge of Countryside Access and/or Commons legislation and practice. You will have good IT and communication skills. Experience of establishing and nurturing multi-agency relationships (Borough, District, Town and Parish Councils, voluntary and community organisation, and partnership organisations) and working closely with the public at large is also essential. We also expect that you will have experience of producing written reports and be happy to present them in a variety of fora, including Council committees and at public inquiry. You will be expected to represent the Council as expert witness and to work in conjunction not just with Council colleagues but also with external Counsel, other advocates and contractors.

Work will include a mixture of office work and visits to sites and customers throughout the year.

We are looking for enthusiastic individuals who want to make a valuable contribution towards both improving access to the Surrey countryside and fulfilling our statutory duties. You must be confident working both on your own and as part of a larger team.

To be shortlisted for interview your application and personal statement will clearly evidence:

  • A good knowledge of rights of way and commons registration legislation and practice
  • A good standard of communication, presentation and IT skills
  • Experience of providing excellent customer service
  • Ability to manage workloads and deal with conflicting priorities
  • Experience of flexible, independent and lone working
  • Enthusiasm for and an interest in wider countryside issues
  • Ability to visit inaccessible locations. Access to a car and a valid driving license will be required.

At Surrey, our values and behaviours are just as important as our skills and abilities. They shape who we are as an organisation. Find out more about the values we follow.

Additional Information

The job advert closes at 23:59 on 26/09/2022 with interviews to follow.

Contact Details

For an informal discussion please contact Daniel Williams by e-mail at or via telephone at 0300 200 1003. We look forward to receiving your application. Please click on the apply online button below to submit.


From flexible working to job sharing (where possible) we are committed to providing a healthy work life balance. A laptop and mobile will be supplied if applicable to your role. You will benefit from 26 days annual leave, rising to 28 days after 2 years' service and 30 days after 5 or more years' service, a generous local government salary related pension, as well as the option to join our car lease scheme. For more information about the wide variety of benefits you can take advantage of please visit MyBenefits for Surrey County Council staff.

Our Commitment

Surrey County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer of first choice reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all underrepresented groups.