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SWCP National Trail Officer

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South West Coast Path National Trail Officer Location: Home/office based, with travel across SW England Contract: Permanent Hours: 37.5 hours per week Responsible to: South West Coast Path (SWCP) Association Director, and with responsibility to deliver a work programme agreed with the SWCP Trail Partnership Our Vision: Protecting and improving the South West Coast Path as one of the world’s great trails, now and for future generations. Our Mission: We will champion the South West Coast Path to help people access, enjoy and protect the National Trail. The South West Coast Path Association is a champion and guardian for the Coast Path, England’s longest National Trail. Since its inception in 1973 the South West Way Association campaigned for the Path to be completed which was achieved in 1978. Almost 50 years on we are a 10,000 strong membership charity employing the National Trail team, an active member of the South West Coast Path Trails Partnership, fundraising to help protect and promote this world-class long-distance trail. Role Purpose The National Trail Officer coordinates the practical management of the South West Coast Path National Trail, as part of the ‘family’ of National Trails across England and Wales. The post holder ensures the Trail is maintained to a consistently high standard, whilst also providing associated technical advice and support to the wider SWCP Trails Partnership and other stakeholders, and wider public communities who use, enjoy and benefit from this 1,000km National Trail. The role will report directly to the South West Coast Path Association Director for day-to-day management with wider strategic direction from the Trails Partnership and the SWCP Association’s Path Committee. The core membership of the SWCP Trail Partnership are the organisations that manage the path: the six Highways Authorities: Cornwall, Dorset, and Torbay Councils: Devon County Council, Exmoor National Park; Plymouth City Council; and the National Trust, Natural England, and the South West Coast Path Association. Main Duties and Responsibilities Trail Partnership • Provide specialist advice, encourage the sharing of knowledge and promote good practice (e.g. National Trail Quality Standards) to staff involved in the management of the SWCP working for Highway Authorities the National Trust and other organisations • Report to SWCP Partnership group and the Association’s Path Committee on the quality of the path and recommend how any areas of concern can be resolved. • Provide recommendations to the SWCP Trail Partnership on how the NE grant aid (approximately £430,000 per annum) should be distributed to ensure management consistency across the whole National Trail. Undertake the reporting and bidding required for the annual SWCP National Trail maintenance grant provided by NE. • Support and collaborate with the wider National Trail family through attendance of National Trail Officers meetings, development of National Trail policy and sharing of information between the SWCP partnership and other trail partnerships. Quality Standards and Projects • Lead on managing the system for annually monitoring the condition of the entire SWCP (currently undertaken by volunteers) against the National Trail Quality Standards. • Work with Highway Authorities, National Trust, Association volunteers and others to maintain a prioritised ‘pipeline’ of projects across the SWCP (including link routes) that will benefit users, address maintenance liabilities, and work with the Association and others (including other National Trails) to seek funding to deliver them. • Manage the grant allocation and reporting of projects funded directly by the SWCPA (currently c. £100,000/year) or externally sourced funds. An important part of this is to work with colleagues to ensure funders and donors are kept informed about the projects. • Assist or coordinate delivery of Coast Path improvement projects in locations where path managers have insufficient capacity to do so. Planning • Work with the SWCPA Planning Group to identify and provide comment or offer advice to partner organisations and other authorities, in relation to wider management strategies • Coordinate the National Trail response to planning applications that potentially have an impact on the SWCP or wider the Trail corridor. Volunteers • Enable, enthuse and develop the SWCPA’s volunteer Area and Local Representatives. • Co-ordinate regular consultation and liaison including through the Path Committee (area reps) and Annual Liaison Meetings (area and local reps and path managers) Information Provision and Research • Provide the technical lead for the Association in ensuring information provided about the SWCP is accurate, relevant and easily accessed by a range of audiences. This includes print and online information produced by the Association and Natural England. • Identify and publicise key information including on path closures and diversions, route changes, and improvement projects. • Monitor visitor count data and support research to evidence strategic value of the SWCP • Respond to public and member enquiries on Trail condition and use. Financial Management & Accountability • Develop business plans working with Director and rest of the team including: setting annual budgets for the Path, Natural England Grant and Trails Partnership Delivery Framework • Monitor progress against targets and report regularly to the Director, Path Committee, and Trails Partnership. General • Active member of the Senior Management Team and as and when appropriate, deputise for the SWCPA Director • Represent the SWCPA and Trail Partnership on appropriate forums and seminars. • Keep up to date with emerging policies, legislation and practices which affect National Trails and wider National Landscapes family. • Foster good communications and trusted teamwork throughout the team and partners. • Any other relevant and appropriate duties as required. The SWCPA is based at Royal William Yard, Plymouth offices. However, in light of Covid-19 restrictions and the geographic scope of the role, it is expected that the position would have some home-based work with travel across the South West. How to Apply Applications should be sent by email to Julian Gray via the button below. The closing date for applications is 9am Monday 19th July 2021. Interviews will be held on 23rd July by Zoom, and candidates should keep this day free. We aim to invite candidates to interview by close of play 21st July. Your application should consist of: • A CV of not more than 4 pages, including educational and professional qualifications, a full employment history showing the most significant positions, responsibilities held and relevant achievements. • A cover letter of not more than 2 pages outlining your motivation and interest in this role, and describing how your skills, experience and knowledge make you qualified for this role. Please ensure you address the key competencies outlined. • A completed equal opportunities form. Please note that applications that are longer than the page limit above will not be considered.

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