Conservation Officer

Job Information

Salary: £28,800 - £36,273 p.a plus car allowance

Contract Type: Permanent, Full Time

Hours: 37 per week (open to Job Share)

Location: Hailsham, East Sussex


This position offers an opportunity for an experienced Conservation Officer to work in an area with an exceptionally rich heritage and contribute to the character and development of the built environment.

Working within the Development Management team you will give expert advice and guidance to Planning Officers on conservation and design matters in respect of planning applications, pre-application advice, enquiries, enforcement cases and appeals. You will prepare Conservation Area re-appraisals and management plans, design guidance and other pro-active conservation projects where appropriate, including responses to government and other consultations on matters relating to Conservation and Design matters. You will also be required to carry out negotiations with developers, applicants and agents advising on appropriate methods of repair and maintenance of historic buildings and areas including advising on specialist techniques and the availability of materials and in respect of proposals for listed buildings, conservation areas, building conversions etc.

You will have considerable experience in the field of Conservation and Design and the ability to demonstrate a knowledge and interest in the design and construction of historic buildings. In addition to knowledge of the relevant law, Government Guidance and practice relating to conservation planning and Listed Buildings, you will have a degree or equivalent in a relevant subject (architecture, planning, surveying etc.) and be working towards a professional qualification in Planning, Conservation, Architecture or Surveying. You will need excellent communication skills as you will be required to give a high quality, consistent, customer-focused service and you will also need a good knowledge of the relevant IT software.

We offer an excellent package, including competitive salary, career average salary pension scheme, an employee benefit scheme offering a range of discounts and salary sacrifice schemes, flexitime and discounted leisure centre membership.

Wealden District Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment.

We are committed to maintaining a diverse workforce and an inclusive work environment. We value the differences that people bring from all backgrounds and communities and all applications will be treated on merit.

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the majority of our staff are continuing to work from home at present. Therefore, if you have any queries regarding this vacancy, please contact us via email where possible at

Job Description

Closing Date: 16/08/2021

Interview Date: TBC

Post Number: H1051