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Assistant Policy Officer

Bovey Tracey, Newton Abbot
Salary of £23,080 - £27,041
Closing date
25 Jul 2021

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Full Time
Policy and Strategy
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Assistant Policy Officer
Bovey Tracey, Devon (with current home working in place on a temporary basis)

About The Organisation

Our client is the body that oversees the vibrant, living, working landscape and community that is Dartmoor.

With the iconic Dartmoor Ponies, breath-taking Tors and beautiful villages, they work to conserve and enhance Dartmoor, supporting the associated businesses and communities in partnership with local and national stakeholders.

They protect and maintain the natural habitats and areas of ecological significance across Dartmoor, maintain public access to this beautiful space, provide the ranger service and act as the planning authority.

Our client is now looking for an Assistant Policy Officer to join them for a two year, fixed-term contract.

The Benefits

- Salary of £23,080 - £27,041
- Flexitime working arrangements
- Membership of the Local Government Pension Scheme

This is the ideal role for a graduate with ambitions of developing a career in planning and environmental policy to get their foot in the door of our client’s organisation and help them to successfully manage their much-loved National Park.

They take responsibility for the breath-taking Dartmoor landscape which has inspired novels, music, television, movies and the arts and they take this seriously.

You’ll have the chance to learn all there is to know about planning and environmental policy in a national park during this exciting contract and will develop a range of valuable experience which will guide your career and support your future successes.

The Role

As an Assistant Policy Officer, you will play a key role in delivering our client’s planning and environmental policy activities and support their role as a planning authority.

Specifically, you will support the work of the Forward Planning and Economy service in the preparation and delivery of our client’s management plan as well as statutory planning functions related to the local plan. You will also ensure that our client fosters the socio-economic wellbeing of the communities throughout the National Park.

You will monitor Local Plan policies and actions, supporting the review, governance and implementation of the Management Plan and co-ordinate the evidence base for policy development in the National Park.

This varied and engaging role will also involve:

- Carrying out surveys, studies, and appraisals relating to the work of our client
- Advising on how our client can use data more effectively
- Preparing project briefs and invitations to tender for surveys, studies and appraisals
- Preparing monitoring reports
- Collating, analysing and preparing State of the Park information
- Advising the Development Management team, applicants and landowners on planning policy
- Liaising with local authorities, agencies, stakeholders and other organisations to foster partnership working
- Contributing to web content, social media and publications and helping with events
- Representing our client at the public examination of the Local Plan

About You

To be considered as an Assistant Policy Officer, you will need:

- A degree-level qualification, ideally in Town and Country Planning or a related environmental or geography studies discipline
- A working knowledge of Microsoft Office, Excel and GIS applications and general ICT skills including those associated with data analysis, presentation, web and social media
- A high level of literacy to A level standard or equivalent
- A current, valid driving licence

Knowledge of relevant planning legislation would be beneficial to your application, as would an understanding of the role of National Park Authorities. Knowledge of local plan production, the procedures that need to be followed and the documents that underpin the production of policy plans would also be advantageous.

Previous Local Government experience of working in Planning Policy and Development Management would be desirable, as would a sound understanding of planning issues including those relating to minerals and waste issues. Experience of dealing with the general public, agents, elected members on planning policy matters would be equally favourable.

Other organisations may call this role Graduate Policy Officer, Planning Policy Officer, Graduate Planning Officer, Graduate Planning Policy Officer, or Graduate Planner.

Closing date Sunday 25th July 2021
Interview date Thursday 12th August 2021

Our client is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

So, if you’re seeking your next challenge as an Assistant Policy Officer, please apply via the button shown. This vacancy is being advertised by Webrecruit. The services advertised by Webrecruit are those of an Employment Agency.


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