Parks & Open Spaces Project Manager

Portsmouth City Council

Reference: SEP20211989

Job details


Civic Offices Guildhall Walk Portsmouth

Job type

Full Time, Fixed Term


£35,744 - £39,880 Per Annum

Closing date

26 September 2021

Portsmouth City Council

At Portsmouth City Council we’re all about developing our staff, because we want to build a bigger and better city but we need the best employees to do so.

With a little over 207,000 residents and 7,000 businesses throughout this city, this unitary authority’s main goal is to ensure the best care and development of all those within the city. From customer service to Multi-million pound projects, our residents are at the heart of everything we do.

Your New Role

Parks and Open Spaces are incredibly important to the residents of the city, particularly following the period of lockdowns when usage of parks in the city spiralled.  Portsmouth has a number of parks across the city together with protected areas of biodiversity at Hilsea Lines, Portsdown Hill, Farlington Marshes, Fort Cumberland, Milton Common, Eastney Beach and Baffins Pond (including designated SSSI and SINCs).  The city’s parks and open spaces are well loved and there are a number of friends groups supporting the parks and volunteers engaging with our Countryside Officers.

There are 760 hectares of green space accessible to the public in the city, which includes parks and gardens, natural and semi-natural urban greenspaces, green corridors, amenity greenspace, outdoor sports facilities, play areas and courts, allotments, cemeteries and countryside areas.

Reporting to the Parks Service Manager, you will be responsible for the delivery of the development of our Parks and Open Spaces.

This exciting opportunity will involve working with staff across the city council and with professionals from a range of other agencies, working collaboratively to achieve our ambitious agenda.

You will ensure the local authority has a clear approach to the development of parks and open spaces in Portsmouth and key projects are progressed in accordance with project and funding timescales.

What you’ll need to succeed

You will have demonstrable experience as a project officer or equivalent role in parks management and improvement projects.  You will have a good understanding of the challenges facing parks and open spaces in an urban area and in the context of decreasing Council Parks budgets. You will also have a good understanding of the issues, priorities and challenges in relation to joining up multi-agency/partnership service delivery and experience of working in partnership to deliver improved outcomes.  You will also have experience in local habitats development and environmental sustainability

You will be someone who has the ability to work effectively with a team, making constructive contributions and taking a fair share of the work as well as excellent organisational, written and presentational skills.  You will also have experience working in local government and the ability to work sensitively within the constraints of a political environment.

What you’ll get in return

As well as highly competitive pay you’ll receive all the benefits of working within a local authority organisation, which ranges from flexible working hours to a fantastic pension which allows you the opportunity to pay in more for that greater return. We wish to support all our staffs development throughout, if that’s progression planning or involvement within the on the job apprenticeship scheme we will work together to drive your career. For those with families we have child care benefits as well as discounts with local businesses which can be enjoyed by all.

What next

To make sure your application is above the rest, please review the “Job Profile” to ensure you application matches the requirements of the role.

Please ensure to complete the application in its entirety and add in comments to the Personal Statement section

We look forward to speaking with you soon.