We’re hiring!

A rare opportunity has arisen to be a key player in the Chiltern Society’s Planning Group, a team of knowledgeable and enthusiastic volunteers working hard to help preserve the natural beauty and tranquility of the Chilterns by protecting it from inappropriate developments and promoting its special qualities.

The Chiltern Society is looking for an experienced Planning officer to be part of the Planning Group and take guidance from the Chairman of that group in providing them with professional support in responding to National Planning Consultations Local Plans and Planning Applications. The successful candidate will report to the Chairman of the Society.

The Role
The Planning Officer will be part of the Chiltern Society Planning Group
As well as providing support to that Group, the successful applicant will also work closely with the Chilterns Conservation Board (CCB) on planning matters in an effort to avoid duplication of effort. The CCB is a statutory body focusing on the Chilterns AONB, but otherwise we have common objectives. Another aspect of the job is to provide data for the Society’s Planning Campaign Group to assist in future Chiltern Society planning campaigns and initiatives.

The hours are negotiable depending on the individual recruited and initially on a one year contract. The successful applicant will be expected to work at least one day per week in the Chesham office.

The Person
The successful candidate will be highly self-motivated, have high levels of professional expertise, a relevant Planning qualification, up-to-date knowledge of Planning Rules (legislation) policy and Guidance, have experience of dealing with and working on Local Plans and Planning applications, be a good communicator and have a full UK driving licence. It is desirable that the candidate will be a full member of the Royal Town Planning Institute or equivalent, although we will consider all candidates with suitable professional experience.
Candidates should also be willing to attend occasional meetings outside the agreed hours of employment. We welcome applications from people of all backgrounds, experience and cultures regardless of gender, marital status disability or race.

In addition to a competitive salary, the successful candidate will be entitled to a contributory pension, out of pocket expenses and a proportionate holiday entitlement.

Location: Chesham, Bucks

Salary: c£35k (FTE)

Hours: Negotiable
How to apply
Applicants should in the first instance contact our General Secretary at generalsecretary@chilternsociety.org.uk or send their application by post to:

The Chiltern Society
The White Hill Centre
White Hill