Head of Landscape

  • Position: Head of Landscape - Full time (some flexibility considered)
  • Salary band: circa £50,000 pa
  • Closing date: 13 February 2023

About the role

This role provides a unique opportunity to join a multi-disciplinary team working in one of the country’s finest and most accessible protected landscapes.

The Chilterns Conservation Board (CCB) is an independent statutory body established by Parliamentary Order in 2004 to conserve and enhance the Chilterns AONB. It is one of two conservation boards in the country, as set out in the Countryside and Rights of Way (CRoW) Act 2000, and its staff team of 28 is based in our office in Chinnor, Oxfordshire.

As a member of the senior team, the successful candidate will have the opportunity to deploy their skills, knowledge and insight to shape and lead the CCB’s strategic and operational work to conserve and enhance the special qualities of the landscape in the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, in addition to playing a key role in developing the organisation’s strategic direction.

This is an exciting time to be joining the CCB. Following publication of the Landscapes Review in September 2019, the Government has signalled its intention to place AONBs at the heart of nature recovery and engaging more people with the natural and historic environment.

You will therefore take a leading role in implementing many of the outcomes of the Review, along with advising on and implementing the Government’s subsequent priorities. This includes rolling out Local Nature Recovery Strategies, improving people’s access to landscapes, delivering Net Zero and ensuring that regenerative farming is at the heart of nature recovery initiatives in the Chilterns AONB.

We are seeking an experienced senior professional with a strong track record of working either within protected landscapes or in partnership with protected landscape teams to create resilient, thriving and well-functioning landscapes that benefit nature, heritage and people. You will be a strategic thinker, a strong communicator, and a team player with a natural flair for collaboration and developing partnerships.

Job Purpose

You will be responsible for shaping and leading the CCB’s strategic and operational work to conserve and enhance the special qualities of the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’s landscape. Key to the role will be taking a strategic approach to both the natural and historic environment and devising and delivering measures to build resilience to the impacts of climate change.

You will provide strategic oversight and guidance to the CCB’s workstreams that relate to enhancing and conserving the natural and historic environment, and mitigating climate change, in addition to directly line managing some of the project managers. These projects include the Chilterns Chalk Streams Project, the Chilterns Heritage and Archaeology Partnership and the Farming in Protected Landscapes programme. You will also line manage and guide the work of the CCB’s Conservation & Landscapes Officer and the newly created role of Heritage and Archaeology Manager.

Priorities include developing and delivering a Chilterns Nature Recovery Plan and a Climate Mitigation Plan, expanding engagement with and support for farmers, woodland owners and landowners, contributing to the establishment of Local Nature Recovery Strategies, expanding the CCB’s science, research and monitoring activities, driving the conservation and sustainable management of heritage and archaeological assets, and exploring opportunities to secure funding for future projects and programmes.

You will also build collaborative partnerships with external stakeholders including farmers, woodland owners and landowners, delivery partners, local authorities, Defra officials, and funders, and play a key role in informing and implementing Government policy and practice, including the Government’s 25 Year Environment Plan and the Landscapes Review. You will also work towards the CCB delivering the National Association for AONBs’ Colchester Declaration.

Working closely with the CEO, senior leadership team and the Board you will also contribute to short- and long-term strategies and KPIs across all the CCB’s activities and ensure the CCB fulfils its statutory purposes, including delivering the AONB Management Plan, Business Plan and associated strategies and initiatives.

How to apply

To apply for this role, please download the application form, together with the equal opportunities monitoring form here.

Completed forms should be emailed to: office@chilternsaonb.org

The closing date for applications is 9am on Monday 13th February 2023.

Successful candidates will be invited to interview on 20th, 23rd or 24th February 2023. Second interviews are scheduled for 3rd and 6th March.

Applicants must be willing to undergo screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers.

For further information or an informal discussion please contact:

Dr Elaine King, Chief Executive, Chilterns Conservation Board elaineking@chilternsaonb.org

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Chilterns AONB Management Plan

The Chilterns AONB Management Plan 2019-24: Caring for the Chilterns forever and for everyone contains a comprehensive summary of the key issues facing the AONB and the management policies and actions needed to conserve this special place.
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Chilterns AONB Boundary Review

We are are working closely with Natural England to explore the case for and against extending the boundary of the protected area of the Chilterns AONB. Find out about the project, and how this could benefit people and the landscape on our Boundary Review page.
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