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Countryside service jobs

We're passionate about maintaining our variety of wonderful Derbyshire countryside sites and facilities, from footpaths to national trails, country parks to small picnic sites, car parks, canals, wetlands, woodlands, visitor centres and even historic buildings and structures. All are really valued by our community and visitors as important parts of the Derbyshire landscape.


Elvaston Castle and lake

This is an exciting time for the countryside service. As custodians of much of our green estate such as Elvaston Castle Country Park and Shipley Country Park we have a unique role to play in delivering on our Climate Change Strategy, as well as the target to help plant 1 million trees in Derbyshire over the next 10 years.

Using over 40 years of well-established skills and expertise gained from managing 120 plus sites across our beautiful county, we currently have the huge and exciting opportunity to influence how this work will be carried out, shaping our service, sites and facilities for the future.

Our vision

To protect, enhance and promote the network of countryside sites across the county, for people, strong communities, and a healthy and nature-rich environment. Our 3 key areas of focus are:

  • site management and access
  • environment, biodiversity, landscape and heritage
  • engagement and promotion

Our team

We have 3 distinct teams made up of over 80 employees plus our volunteers, each with a love of all things outdoors and a passion for delivering excellent countryside management.

Destination sites team

The destination sites team looks after our 3 principal visitor destinations at Elvaston Castle Country Park, Shipley Country Park, Middleton Top Countryside Centre and High Peak Junction Visitor Centre.

Wider sites team

The wider sites team looks after the remaining sites across the county which include navigable canals, multi-user trails, woodlands, and smaller country parks.

Countryside management team

The countryside management team includes our project officers, tree inspectors and officers responsible for tree safety management, woodland development and new planting, as well as the management of 170 Tree Preservation Orders.

Read more about our country parks and countryside sites and the work we do, or to keep up to date with what's going follow Countryside Service on Facebook or Countryside Service on Instagram.

Most of our team are based at locations around the county, either at or near to a countryside site.

Join our team

If you're looking to join a dynamic team, feel you can make a difference with your enthusiasm and passion for the natural environment, and have the skills and experience we're looking for, then we'd like to hear from you.

We're looking for countryside management professionals who:

  • are passionate about the natural environment
  • can work collaboratively with others and be open, friendly and flexible
  • are eager to learn and develop
  • have a positive 'can do' attitude
  • can inspire and support others
  • have a fondness of working with the public
  • are keen to improve the experience of our visitors

In return, we offer commitment to your continuing professional development with ongoing training opportunities in a supportive team, as well as range of benefits including:

  • a minimum of 25 days of annual leave plus another 5 once you reach 5 years of continuous service
  • flexible working scheme (for some of our roles) allowing up to an additional 2 days off per month
  • time off in lieu
  • generous local government pension scheme
  • guaranteed incremental annual pay increases
  • cycle to work scheme
  • a comprehensive wellbeing package including free online health and exercise sessions
  • discounts at selected county leisure centres

We're always pleased to hear from talented people, so if you've any questions about the opportunities that we have, please get in touch. The recruiting managers' contact details are available in each of the following individual job adverts.

Management jobs

Head of countryside service, salary £54,456 to £59,914

This role ensures the overall effectiveness of service delivery, identifying new models of working to improve outcomes and secure financial efficiencies and maximise the team's potential, motivation and performance.

Find out more about the head of countryside service role

Senior waterbodies project officer, salary £37,263 to £40,589

We are seeking an experienced canals, reservoirs and rivers specialist to join our countryside service as our lead expert on the management and inspection of our waterbody assets.

Find out more about the senior waterbodies project officer role

Destination sites team jobs

Cycle hire warden at Middleton Top Countryside Centre, near Wirksworth, part-time, salary £19,697 to £20,145

This role supports the provision of high-quality cycle hire and effective countryside services including minor site improvement works and ensuring cleanliness and safety of facilities.

Find out more about the seasonal cycle hire warden role

Sales information assistant at High Peak Junction Visitor Centre, near Cromford, part-time, salary £4,890.84

This role supports the smooth running of the visitor centre including the management any sales, stock and premise, as well as providing information and advice to visitors.

Find out more about the sales information assistant at High Peak Junction

Sales information assistant at Middleton Top Countryside Centre, near Wirksworth, part-time, salary £5,267.64

This role supports the smooth running of the visitor centre including the management any sales, stock and premise, as well as providing information and advice to visitors.

Find out more about the sales information assistant at Middleton Top

Sales information assistant at Elvaston Castle Country Park, part-time, salary £6,522.36

This role supports the smooth running of the visitor centre including the management any sales, stock and premise, as well as providing information and advice to visitors.

Find out more about the sales information assistant at Elvaston Castle

Ranger at Middleton Top Countryside Centre, near Wirksworth, salary £23,250 - £25,128

This role provides a high quality and effective countryside service supporting the day to day operation and management of our sites and facilities.

Find out more about the ranger at Middleton Top

If you can't find your perfect role for you right now, look out for exciting job opportunities in the countryside service by registering for job alerts on our Jobs Derbyshire website. That way, you'll then be notified when that perfect job does come up.