Maidstone – Great people, great place, great opportunity
Maidstone is situated in the heart of Kent and is the county town. The urban area has a strong commercial and retail base with good transport links and is set in a generally rural area, which includes the Kent Downs and the Kent Low Weald AONBs. The borough is fortunate to benefit from a diverse and valued heritage with 41 conservation areas, over 2000 listed buildings, 28 scheduled monuments and 15 historic parks and gardens.
This is an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic and motivated Conservation Officer to join the Heritage, Landscape and Design team, a small but busy multi-disciplinary team dealing with conservation of the built environment, landscape and trees and promoting high quality design.
Your varied workload will include advising on the impact of development proposals on listed buildings and conservation areas, dealing with your own case load of listed building applications, providing design guidance for development schemes and giving advice on repair and maintenance of listed buildings. You will also be responsible for the production of a range of conservation area studies, and contribute to local planning policy and specific projects.
Ideally you will have a degree or diploma in Town Planning or a related discipline and professional membership such as RTPI, IHBC or RIBA, with experience of specialist work in the historic environment. Local authority and urban design experience would be an advantage. You will also need good communication skills and the ability to prepare and present expert evidence at Committee meetings, Court hearings and public inquiries.
A full driving licence is essential. The Council considers that all roles should be able to communicate clearly and concisely. Maidstone Borough Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, and expects all employee and volunteers to share this commitment.
This is a full time position on a permanent contract.
For further information or to discuss this opportunity in more detail, please contact Deanne Cunningham, Team Leader (Heritage, Landscape & Design) on 01622 602721.
To apply for the position please APPLY ONLINE and complete the online application form or by phone on 01622 602555.
Closing Date: Wednesday 28th June 2017
Interview Date: TBC
Council Benefits: career average pension scheme, professional fee payment, flexible working (including opportunities for home working and job share), employee benefits package and generous leave entitlement.