Access and Recreation Officer – South East England

Access and Recreation Officer

Terrestrial / Aquatic Ecology & Conservation

South East England



Access and Recreation Officer

Location: Flimwell

Salary: £28,815 – £34,452 per annum, pro rata

Contract type: Fixed term until 31 March 2025

Work pattern: Full time or Part time

Hours: 22.2 – 37

Ref: orbis/TP/2849/31226

Closing date: 26 March 2023.

An exciting opportunity has arisen to play a leading role in facilitating access to a national protected landscape at the heart of south east England. With over 2,395km of public rights of way, 18 large nature reserves and 38 attractions, the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is a special place that provides many ways for people to connect with greenspaces to benefit their wellbeing and the environment.

Your role will involve developing and delivering a programme of activities to enable people, of all ages and backgrounds, to connect with the High Weald’s landscape. You will identify projects suitable for capital investment and facilitate their delivery. You will also help land managers, farmers and foresters manage visitors to reduce their impact on land management activities. The scope of the role is broad and allows exploration of imaginative and different ways of facilitating access and enjoyment.

We are looking for candidates with an ability to establish and develop relationships with a wide range of people. Ideally you will have experience of community engagement and a track record in setting up, running and promoting events and activities. Critically you will be able to take ideas and develop and deliver a range of projects that meet the needs of communities and land managers.

As the host authority for the High Weald AONB Partnership, East Sussex County Council is the employing body. However, you will be based within the small, friendly, and dynamic High Weald AONB team. Our innovative office is located at Flimwell on the Kent/Sussex border and we operate a hybrid working model. We recruit flexibly and will consider secondments, term-time working and alternative hours.

Advising on an outstanding medieval landscape; connecting people, protecting beauty, restoring soils and nature.


Interviews will be held at the AONB team's office on Monday 17 April 2023.

Please contact Gerry Sherwin, AONB Business Manager on 01424 723014 or email [email protected]

For more on the High Weald AONB and the Partnership, please visit

Equal Opportunities

East Sussex County Council is an equal opportunities employer. We welcome applications from all suitable candidates, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, disability or age. All applications are treated on merit.


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