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Salary: 33,000 + substantial pension and benefits GBP

The Challenge

The MOD Estate includes barracks, airfields, naval bases and a vast training estate extending across a range of different landscapes. The Public Access and Recreation Advisor role offers an exciting and unique opportunity to work within a small team supporting delivery of the MOD's public access policy.

This challenging role has a diverse portfolio of tasks, requiring a motivated individual who has the confidence to work independently. The role will cover the South East and East as priority regions, but at times require work across the wider estate.

The role supports all areas of work delivered by the Public Access and Recreation Advisory Team including:
Working with an array of stakeholders, statutory bodies, Non-Govt Organisations and the public;
Identifying, planning and supporting implementation of public access and recreation projects under the annual Conservation Stewardship Fund;
Providing advice and support for public access and recreation related queries and projects;
Presenting to internal and external stakeholders;
Producing information and articles for a variety of audiences;
Reviewing and supporting production of internal guidance on matters of public access and recreation management.

We employ approximately 4,900 staff from a very diverse range of professions, and we work across the world; in Germany, Cyprus and the Falkland Islands, Norway, Poland, Kenya, Belize, Nepal and Oman.
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Main Responsibilities

Assist in providing specialist advice on all issues relating to public access and recreation on the MOD estate including public rights of way, informal access management, information and interpretation.
Identify, plan and support delivery of projects under the annual Conservation Stewardship Fund.
Monitor compliance with MOD and DIO policy, instructions and guidance; make recommendations to improve compliance and operational efficiency.
Cultivate and nurture close working partnerships with strategic partners and contractors.
Deliver, review and support public access and recreation information provision across the MOD estate including: on-site interpretation / information signage, online material and paper publications.
Provide public access and recreation expertise to the Byelaw Review Project on issues including: legal guidance, recommendations on public access management and information signage.
Ensure that delegated Ministerial or Parliamentary Enquiries, FOI, Treat Official and similar correspondence are completed on time and to the required standard.
Promote strong working relationships both within the team and across DIO and MOD.

Official Secrets Act
The successful candidate will be required to sign the Official Secrets Act.

Desirable Experience & Skills
Demonstrable experience of working in partnership and collaboration with internal and external stakeholders in both a practical and strategic capacity.


Full UK Driving Licence - Travel to various MOD locations, some of which will be remote and inaccessible by public transport, is required: a full UK driving licence is therefore essential.

A minimum of a HND in Countryside Management (or other relevant subject) plus significant post qualification employment or equivalent combination of relevant qualifications, skills and applicable experience.


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:
  • Leadership
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Working Together


We enable our people to work at the right place, with the right people, at the right time.

We believe that if we look after our people, they will be passionate about delivering great things for our customers.

We understand the importance of life outside of work and our industry leading flexible working practices, digital technology and modern workspaces will give you the opportunity to enjoy a healthy work-life balance.

The MOD Discover My Benefits page lists the full set of benefits. Some of the many benefits you will receive include:
Highly competitive Pension Scheme
Flexi-time scheme
Alternative working practices such as working from home
25 days annual leave rising (1 day per year) to 30 days upon completion of 5 years service
Ability to roll over up to 10 days annual leave per year
In addition to 8 public holidays per year you will also receive leave for HM The Queens birthday
Minimum of 15 Days Special Leave in a rolling 12-month period to for volunteer military or emergency service reserve commitments
Special Paid Leave for volunteering up to 6 days a year
Enhanced maternity, paternity and adoption leave
Employee Assistance Programme to support your wellbeing
Most sites have good travel links with free car parking; many also have other facilities such as a Sports & Social Club, Gym and / or site shops

This post does not offer any assistance with relocation allowances.

Please be advised that the Department is conducting a review of all pay related allowances which could impact on those allowances that the post currently being advertised attracts.

Learning & Development
Professional and Personal Development of skills
Access to thousands of training courses through Civil Service Learning, some free or paid by DIO
Ability to obtain industry recognised qualifications supported by DIO

Employment Hours
The post advertised is for 37 hours net, however the Ministry of Defence offers a range of flexibilities to enable a better work-life balance for employees. Flexible working and Compressed Hours will be considered.

Travel requirements
Occasional travel to various MOD locations, some of which may be remote or inaccessible and impractical to reach by public transport will be required: a full UK driving licence is therefore required.

About DIO
DIO is passionate about ensuring that we are a top performing organisation and a great place to work. We host a diverse range of talent where everyone feels valued and supported enabling our people to thrive, bring greater creativity and innovation to achieve higher organisational performance. We are committed to be an equal opportunities employer and creating a culture where everyone can bring their whole self to work and individuality is truly appreciated.

We promote and support a range of flexible working patterns enabling staff to balance home and work responsibilities.

This culture of inclusion is underpinned by our 6 staff networks covering Disability, Faith and Belief, Gender Equality, LGBTQI+, Race, Social Mobility and 3 networks dealing with employee wellbeing and support: Speak Safe Volunteers, Mental Health First Aiders and Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Advisers.

Our staff, future and current will be guided by the 4 Cs and we encourage you to be curious and continuously strive for improvement, collaborative in an inclusive culture, ambitious and resilient and committed to Defence, empowered and able to challenge so you can play a key part in shaping the direction of our organisation.

DIO commits to offer its employees the following experience:
Meaningful, purposeful work
The ability to learn and grow
The right opportunities and resources
To care about your wellbeing
To feel valued and included

The Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) is the estate expert for Defence, supporting the armed forces to enable military capability by planning, building, maintaining, and servicing infrastructure.

Our responsibilities include:
Plan and deliver major capital projects and lifecycle refurbishment
Provide utilities services
Manage soft facilities management (i.e. cleaning and catering)
Provide a safe place to train
Allocate Service Families Accommodation
Procure and manage routine maintenance and reactive repair
Provide a central register of asset information to advise infrastructure planning
Act as steward of the Defence estate
Provide the unarmed guarding service

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check .

See our vetting charter .

People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles , and will assess your Behaviours and Experience.

As a result of the changes to the UK immigration rules which came into effect on 1 January 2021, the Ministry of Defence will only offer sponsorship for a skilled worker visa under the points-based system, where a role has been deemed to be business critical.

The role currently being advertised has not been assessed as business critical and is therefore NOT open to applications from those who will require sponsorship under the points-based system. Should you apply for this role and be found to require sponsorship, your application will be rejected, and any provisional offer of employment withdrawn.

This vacancy is part of the A Great Place to Work for Veterans initiative, Making-the-civil-service-a-great-place-to-work-for-veterans

Please ensure that at the application and interview stages of the campaign you review the Success Profiles Framework to assist you in the demonstration of your skills and experience.

Your suitability for the role will be assessed using the Success Profile elements that have been chosen for this campaign. Each element will be scored accordingly, and the successful candidate will be appointed on merit.

Applications will be sifted on all Success Profile elements, but in the event of a high number of applications, an initial sift will be conducted on the Personal Statement.

In this instance the remaining elements will be tested at interview.

At application you will be assessed against the following:

CV including Job History
Personal Statement
Detailing in no more than 1000 words details of experience with the following:
1.Demonstrate experience and knowledge in the planning and delivery of public access management projects. Evidence should include an understanding of legislative access obligations and requirements.
2.Evidence of experience in providing customers with subject matter expertise to deliver statutory and legal compliance on public access management matters. Including but not limited to: public rights of way, open access, coastal access.
3.Demonstrate experience of stakeholder engagement and partnership working. Evidence should include an understanding of working techniques through project participation and delivery of outcomes.
4.Demonstrate an understanding of the wider countryside and how to integrate public access with wider landscape uses and environmental designations.

A minimum of a HND in Countryside Management (or other relevant subject) plus significant post qualification employment or equivalent combination of relevant qualifications, skills and applicable experience

At interview you will be assessed against the above along with the following:

Communicating and Influencing
Working Together

Desk Based Scenario
Candidates who are successful at application sift will be expected to carry out a desk based scenario on the day of the interview. The subject matter will be disclosed at to the interview.

Application sifting is scheduled to take place on week commencing 11th July 2022.
Interviews are currently taking place face to face and will be conducted on the 26th July 2022. A minimum of 2 full working days notice will be provided for interviews. We endeavour to stick to these dates, but these are subject to change around business needs.

To assist with your application please find attached below:
1.Civil Service Careers Framework https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/717275/CS_Behaviours_2018.pdf
2.MOD Sustainability Handbook https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/mod-sustainability-and-environmental-appraisal-tool-handbook
3.MOD Sanctuary Magazine https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/sanctuary

For help and support with your application check out our
Civil Service Careers Homepage and the How to apply section

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:
  • UK nationals
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with settled or pre-settled status or who apply for either status by the deadline of the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals
Further information on nationality requirements

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles .

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

The Civil Service also offers a Redeployment Interview Scheme to civil servants who are at risk of redundancy, and who meet the minimum requirements for the advertised vacancy.
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