Public Rights of Way Project Officer

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Environment & Climate Change
Highways & Property
Huddersfield and surrounding areas
Grade 9

£27,741 - £30,451

Are you passionate and knowledgeable about Public Rights of Way (PROW)? We require an additional officer to join our small, dedicated team who work tirelessly to maintain, assert and protect the access rights of the public and manage the legal record of Public Rights of Way in Kirklees.

As Public Rights Of Way Project Officer, your main duties will include:

  • Responding to requests for major works, such as bridge replacement, surfacing and drainage, and explaining the public rights of way framework within which works are shaped and implemented.
  • Assessing works needed, drawing up specifications, deciding on the appropriate workforce and equipment, requesting estimates, ordering works and budget management.
  • Responding to enquiries and requests, checking documents and mapping and seeking further relevant information, regarding access and public rights of way matters.
  • Meeting with landowners, farmers and representatives to explain works affecting their interests, sometimes involving negotiation and difficult conversations.
  • Discussing proposals for schemes with councillors and colleagues and writing associated reports
  • Undertaking minor works where appropriate, particularly safety issues, using and maintaining appropriate equipment.
  • Supervising volunteers on site and arranging access and materials.
  • Preparation for and representation of the Council at external partner meetings with, for example, the National Trust, Pennine Way Partnership and the Trans Pennine Trail. Such meetings usually involve negotiations and discussions on proposed schemes, funding opportunities and progress reports.
  • Updating and maintaining various records.

You will already have:

  • Significant experience in Public Rights of Way and associated practical major and minor practical maintenance, repair and improvement works.
  • Degree or diploma in a relevant subject or the ability to work at that level.
  • A sound knowledge of Public Rights of Way legislation and how it applies to the council’s statutory duties.
  • Excellent project management, analytical and written & verbal communication skills.

It is essential that you have a flexible and ‘can do’ attitude, possess excellent customer care skills and good IT skills, and that you are familiar with a variety of computer packages, in particular Microsoft Office.

07 March 2021, 11:55 PM

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