We hope to help them all make a connection. For those who want to learn, we can offer training in hands-on, traditional country skills or identification and survey of those key species we are all working to help.

Many people love to get outdoors into the fresh air and where better to do that than the magnificent Kent Downs? The benefits of feeling the sun on your face and the wind in your hair are well documented. An ever-increasing number of studies report that observing nature, and participating in physical activity in green spaces, plays an important role in positively influencing human health and well-being.

Natural England’s report (2009) in their Walking the Way to Health Initiative found that if everyone was given equal access to green space, the estimated saving to the NHS would be £2.1 billion per year. Exercising indoors was found to yield no significant benefits for mental health, when compared with the outdoor environment.

Outdoor activities, with project’s such as ours, reap the benefit of Nature’s Medicine and have the potential to not only help people avoid excess pharmaceutical use, improve physical and mental health and wellbeing, but also decrease social isolation, improve practical skills and knowledge, while at the same time enhancing our local environments.


Old Chalk New Downs Habitat Management Advisor

Location: Allington Lock, Maidstone, Kent

| Starting salary £28,925 per annum | Full Time- 37 hours per week |

Fixed Term until 31st May 2021 (with a possible extension subject to HLF approval)

Kent County Council is offering the opportunity to be part of an exciting Heritage Lottery funded partnership project.  This ambitious initiative not only looks to restore, expand and link up fragmented chalk downland habitats across 10,000ha of North Kent, it also aims to reconnect the local community with this iconic landscape and you could play an important part in delivering this.

We are looking for an enthusiastic person with excellent interpersonal skills to deliver the habitat connectivity elements of the project. You will use your experience in providing habitat management advice to work with a wide variety of landowners so that the project continues taking positive steps for biodiversity in the Kent Downs. Using your knowledge of downland habitats, you will be responsible for identifying new areas for restoration or expansion ensuring that work supported or funded by us is carried out to a high standard, monitored and have assured legacy. With the help of volunteers and your knowledge of survey techniques, you will continue building and expanding our site condition assessment programme.

Working with us has great advantages including flexible working, access to Local Authority Pension Scheme and support with professional development.  A retention package is offered at completion of the contract and relocation assistance is available (both subject to T&Cs). 

This post is considered by KCC to be a customer-facing position. The Council therefore has a statutory duty under Part 7 of the Immigration Act (2016) to ensure that post holders have a command of spoken English sufficient for the effective performance of the job requirements. The appropriate standards are set out in the Job Description/Person Specification. 

Please visit www.oldchalknewdowns.org.uk to find out more about us. For an informal discussion, please contact William Moreno on 03000 410348 or via email to William.moreno@kent.gov.uk.

To apply please visit www.kent.gov.uk/jobs to complete an online application form.

Closing date:  Wednesday 7th of August 2019

Interview date: Friday 16th of August 2019

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