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Dorset Dogs Officer

Salary details: £24799 - £28758

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Dorset Council
Occupational group
Natural Environment
Salary details
£24,799 - £28,758
Job term
Full Time
Appointment type
Fixed Term
Sarah Allen
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Closing Date
24 August 2020 11:30 PM
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Dorset Dogs Officer

Fixed term until 31 March 2022 - Full time 37 hours per week

£24,799 - £28,758

Urban Heaths Partnership

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join The Urban Heaths Partnership, a friendly and supportive, multidiscipline Core Team of 9 members. The team work on behalf of it's 10 Partner organisations, to deliver heathland mitigation across South East Dorset. As Dorset Dogs Officer you will play a key part within the Education Delivery Team leading this innovative and inclusive project encouraging responsible dog ownership and championing positive access to the countryside for dogs. The project is delivered across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council and Dorset Council areas. More information about the project can be found at www.dorsetdogs.org.uk

What you will be doing

Managing the Dorset Dogs project is a dynamic and varied role which involves working with partners, land managers and other stakeholders, including countryside conservation and wildlife organisations as well as dog related businesses and charities. This will include providing advice and support and dealing with incoming enquiries from land managers, members of the public, volunteers and businesses.

Effective public engagement is key to the success of this project. The Dorset Dogs Officer will be involved in promoting the partnership messages through a range of public engagement and educational activities with dog owners and children, working closely with the Dorset Dogs Assistant and other members of the team. The reach of the project is greatly increased through the delivery of a compelling social media presence and promotional activities which increase public appreciation and support. Reporting the outcomes and success of these projects to a range of audiences and publications will also be involved in the role.

About you

We are searching for a candidate who combines excellent people skills, an understanding of ecological issues and a commitment to conservation. The candidate will also have an interest in dogs, wildlife and countryside access, with an ability to understand the complexities between the different interest groups and be effective in influencing behaviour changes.

Working at Dorset Council

This is a unique opportunity to join a brand new council in Dorset – home to the spectacular Jurassic Coast and thriving market towns and villages with a strong sense of community and identity.

On 1 April 2019, five district and borough councils and the county council were replaced by the new Dorset Council which will deliver more efficient, accessible and modern public services. 

You will have the opportunity to build your career in a modern, flexible and inclusive organisation, and this is an exciting time to join – at the start of our journey together.

For more information about our new council visit www.DorsetCouncil.gov.uk/about

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Additional Information

There will be a requirement to travel to partner sites for meetings and events, therefore a full driving licence and access to a suitable vehicle is essential.

The role will be split between office, home based and delivering on site engagement activities, which will involve working outdoors throughout the year.

The successful candidate will be subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service check.

This a Full Time Fixed Term contract until March 31st 2022.

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