Opportunities at Cannock Chase Council
Cannock Chase Council has demonstrated the high priority it attaches to Parks & Open Spaces by completing a re-structure to deliver the future demands of the service. Parks & Open Spaces are really going places with officers already delivering on a successful HLF Bid for Hednesford Park of circa £3.1 million along with retaining four Green Flags and Green Heritage Accreditation for both parks and a countryside site and managing Parks & Grounds Contracts both in-house and externally.
Principal Parks & Open Spaces Officer
Post No: CL472 Grade I: £31,160 – £34,894 37 Hours per Week
Plus Essential Car User Allowance & Payment of One Professional Fee
With overall responsibility you will head up a dedicated team of of cers covering Parks & Open Spaces, Contracts, Grounds Maintenance, Inspections and Play Areas. With an impressive background in Horticulture & Grounds Maintenance you will already be a proven team leader with extensive practical and technical knowledge of Parks & Open Spaces along with the ability to inspire your team by developing new approaches to this integrated service. You should be Qualified to Degree/HND level in Horticulture or equivalent and hold membership of an appropriate professional body along with signifcant experience in Parks & Grounds Maintenance. You will also have extensive experience of writing site management plans and will be the lead of cer for the Green Flag Award applications. This post will be subject to an Enhanced DBS.
For an informal discussion on the above post please contact: Barry Jayes, Principal Parks & Open Spaces Officer on: 01543 464255 or Mobile: 07966 937216.
The Countryside Team manages over 250 hectares of land within the District for the purposes of wildlife conservation and informal public recreation including a Site of Special Scientific Interest, two Local Nature Reserves, Local Wildlife Sites, and an Ancient Monument. Habitats include woodland, heathland, wetland, and species rich grassland and the sites are grazed by our own herd of Dexter cattle. The primary role of the team is to ensure that these sites are maintained to a high standard both for wildlife conservation purposes and public enjoyment.
Countryside Services Supervisor
Post No: DP382 Grade E: £19,317 – £21,734 37 Hours per Week
We are looking for a Countryside Services Supervisor, with experience of managing staff and volunteers along with practical knowledge of countryside management techniques for nature conservation As well as being able to demonstrate experience in managing people you will also be competent in the use of farm machinery, chainsaws, brush cutters and power tools in a wide range of habitat types. Experience in managing cattle would be an advantage In addition you should have the ability to communicate clearly and effectively face to face and by telephone, demonstrating courtesy and tact in dealing with the general public and giving clear instructions to staff and volunteers. The ability to carry out site inspections, undertake a large proportion of heavy manual work and maintain detailed records are also essential requirements of the role. You should also have a good understanding of wildlife and countryside legislation and ideally hold all necessary qualifications in the safe use of forestry equipment and pesticide application.
For an informal discussion on the above post please contact: Peter Scholes, Principal Landscape & Countryside Officer on: 01543 464225
To apply for these vacancies online please go to: https://cannock.engageats.co.uk/welcome.aspx
Alternatively please telephone 01543 462621 or write to HR Services, Cannock Chase Council, Civic Centre, Beecroft Road, Cannock, Staffordshire, WS11 1BG or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org quoting the relevant post number.
The closing date for receipt of completed applications for both posts is Friday 28th November 2014
Interviews for both posts are planned to take place week commencing Monday 8th December 2014