Wealden District Council
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Working for Wealden

About the area

Hidden away in between the M25 and the English Channel, stretching from the Ashdown Forest to the South Downs, the Wealden District is one of the South East’s best kept secrets.

We have over 300 square miles of countryside, two thirds of it an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and one of the largest reserves of ancient woodland in the country.

You can enjoy an enviable quality of life in its five market towns, or many rural villages, but still stay close to larger centres like Brighton, Eastbourne and Tunbridge Wells and within easy access of London.

About the Council

Wealden was rated ‘Good’ under its last Comprehensive Performance Assessment, and enjoys the highest overall satisfaction rating of any authority in East Sussex. That requires dedication.

Wealden handles one of the highest numbers of planning applications in the country, and is proud of its long standing commitment to recycling, its environmental health team’s work with local businesses and the high levels of tenant satisfaction achieved by its housing service.

To do all this, we cannot stand still. Flexible working arrangements, joint initiatives with other authorities and a leading commitment to procurement, show that we can achieve the highest levels of efficiency.

Find out more About the Council or view the Council’s.

The Benefits of working for Wealden

At Wealden, we give the highest priority to the needs of our customers; the local residents. We firmly believe that our staff are our most important asset and Wealden and we are regarded as Positive About Disabled People by the Jobcentre Plus.

Find out more about the Benefits of Working at Wealden.

Employment Opportunities

As a District Council we are responsible for:

  • housing,
  • planning,
  • public health and community services,
  • local and national elections,
  • waste collection and recycling, and
  • our financial services team is responsible for collecting Council Tax, Business Tax, and paying housing and other benefits.

Variety of roles

We therefore have a wide variety of professional officers within the Council from qualified Planning and Building Control Officers to Environmental Health Officers, Housing professionals, Surveyors, Accountants, Legal Officers, IT, Human Resources, and Customer Services professionals etc.

Due to the range of services we provide, we have many office based staff who carry out more administrative based or customer service based roles and can offer roles to people with an interest in finance, customer services, IT and systems, housing services, the Environment etc.

Many of our office based roles offer an opportunity to work part time and, as we offer flexi-time to most staff, we aim to provide interesting and challenging career opportunities whilst enabling staff to maintain a healthy work/life balance.

For those who prefer to be ‘out and about’ we have a range of opportunities in providing services in housing repairs, waste and commercial services, collecting recycling and household waste, grounds maintenance etc.

We work with the local Job Centre Plus to ensure that any vacancies we have are widely advertised.

At Wealden, we pride ourselves in supporting the career development of our staff and, where possible, encourage staff to build on their existing work experience and/or qualifications by studying for their professional qualifications whilst broadening their day to day work experience.

We also offer work experience at the Council.

Find out about Equality and Diversity at Wealden.

Local Government Officer Roles

Local government offers a diverse and wide-ranging professional environment. It covers a breadth of officer roles, with many specialist areas. Below is a glimpse into what the officers in some of our service areas get up to and the routes you could take to become one.

Current vacancies

View our Vacancies Listing for current opportunities.

For more help on finding a job, you can search the Local Government jobs (external link)