Howardian Hills AONB Manager

Helmsley, York
£35,745 to £39,880
01 Apr 2021
20 Apr 2021
Job role
Contract Type
Full time

We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced conservationist to lead the Howardian Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) team, which is hosted by North Yorkshire County Council as part of its Growth, Planning and Trading Standards Team.

The role

This is a job like no other – you will be part of a small multi-disciplined team working to shape the future of the Howardian Hills AONB. We are highly regarded professionals who are part of a larger network of Protected Landscapes teams.

Due to retirement, this is an ideal opportunity to join us and lead the AONB and its partnership into a new era of Protected Landscapes management.

As the Howardian Hills AONB Manager, you will be responsible for championing the conservation and enhancement of the Howardian Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (HHAONB) and delivering the aims and outcomes stated in current AONB legislation. You will act as lead officer for preparing and implementing the AONB Management Plan, work programme priorities and provision of advice as guided by the HHAONB Joint Advisory Committee (JAC). You will need to work effectively, managing relationships with a large number of partner organisations and the land management, residential and business communities of the AONB. You will manage the HHAONB service and budget effectively on behalf of the partnership and NYCC, constantly seeking ways to maximise conservation and enhancement outcomes for the AONB by identifying future trends that will affect the area and developing partnership and external funding project opportunities.

This is a Politically Restricted role.

What you will bring

To be successful you will need to have a degree or equivalent in environment management, rural conservation, natural or built heritage or a related subject. You will in depth knowledge of current legislation, policies and practices with respect to AONBs, working knowledge of appropriate land management and environmental techniques covering both natural and built heritage as well as knowledge of issues affecting, research into and best practice relating to protected landscapes.

As an organisation, we strongly believe in promoting a work life balance, with flexible working opportunities and modern technology. You may also benefit from homeworking with the occasional requirement to work from the office. You will have access to some great benefits via our everybody benefit’s scheme such as shopping discounts, home technology and green car salary sacrifice schemes, financial wellbeing and health assured and our employee assistance programme to assist with your health and wellbeing. You will also have access to our local government pension scheme, a generous plan for your retirement with the option to increase your monthly contribution if you so wish. For more information on the benefits we offer please see our Total Rewards Brochure. 

If you would like to know more about our position please contact Liz Small on 07583032570 or email

Key dates:

Closing date: Tuesday 20th April

Interview date: 3rd & 4th May

Please note all interviews will be held by Microsoft Teams.

To apply please click on apply or alternatively send your CV and cover letter in word format to stating HHA by midnight Tuesday 20th April