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Vacancy Details

Countryside Manager

Sevenoaks District Council
£39,516 to £42,507
Dunbrik Depot, Sundridge
Working Pattern:
Full Time
37 hours per week.
DBS Check:
Closing Date:
26/09/2021 at 23:55
Sevenoaks District Council

Sevenoaks District Council

Countryside Manager

Salary Band F £39,516 to £42,507

A generous annual leave allowance of 30 days (plus an additional 5 days depending on having Continuous Local Government Service).

About us

Here at Sevenoaks we pride ourselves on treating both our employees and communities we serve with dignity and respect. We are an award winning Council having achieved the Guardian Public Service Awards 2016 for being financially self-sufficient, are one of the few organisations in the country to retain its Platinum Investors in People status. We were voted LGC Council of the Year 2017 and won a Pushing the Boundaries of Innovation award in 2018. The successes of the Finance Team have been recently recognised where the Finance Team has been nominated and is a finalist in the 2020 Public Finance Awards – Finance Team of the Year - Councils. 

The Role

This is an exciting opportunity to lead the Clean & Green service, which includes the Parks and Countryside Rangers service, Grounds Maintenance, Clean & Green operations on all relevant aspects of Street Cleansing, Woodlands and Countryside, related work.

You will lead on behalf of the Council in communications with the Forestry Commission, the Department for the Environment and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), the Environment Agency and other interested third parties on all relevant aspects of Clean & Green work.

You will help us develop, implement and continually review our countryside delivery policies, strategies and procedures relating to the team’s clean and green areas, in response to legislative changes, members’ priorities and demands for service from members of the public.

 The Team

Direct Services has approximately 150 operational staff working across the various functions including Business Development, Clean & Green services, Enforcement, Civil Protection and Transportation and Depot Operations.

The Successful Applicant:

  • Relevant professional qualifications in countryside management, horticulture or Environmental Studies
  • Substantial operational experience in a relevant role i.e. management of Street Cleansing, Grounds Maintenance, Parks & Countryside, Play areas and Commons related work or similar areas.


Interested in the role and want to know more?

Please contact Trevor Kennett, Head of Direct Services, trevor.kennett@sevenoaks.gov.uk 01732 227407 or Richard Taylor, Commercial Operations and Trading Manager, Richard.taylor@sevenoaks.gov.uk 01732 227412 for an informal discussion about the role.

Need advice on how to ensure you have the best chance of being shortlisted?

Read the Job Description and Personal Specification attached to the role and ensure that your supporting statement explains how you meet the essential requirements as your application will be judged against these criteria.

How to get to us: 

Sevenoaks is only half an hour from central London by train. You will be based at the Dunbrik Depot, 2 Main Road, Dunbrik, Sundridge TN14 6EP. Due to the current pandemic and current Government advice at the time of advert the role will require a combination of both remote and office based working. A free staff car park is available on site.

Closing date:  26th September 2021

Assessment process: Interview

Equal Opportunities

Sevenoaks – Working for Equality. We welcome applications from all sections of the community.

Sevenoaks District Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

How to apply

Please apply online (see below). If this is not possible, please contact a member of the HR team by either emailing human.resources@sevenoaks.gov.uk or contacting us on 01732 227361 to discuss how we can assist you in applying

Further information on this vacancy

This vacancy is now closed