Access Field Support Officer

Seeking applications for the following regions;

  • East
  • South West
  • East and West Midlands
  • Yorkshire

Full Time, 35 hours per week
Salary: Competitive
Home Based

The British Horse Society is the nation’s largest equine charity with a passion for
horses that is backed by knowledge and expertise. The BHS represents and provides a
range of services for horse riders, horse owners, enthusiasts and professionals.
If successful in gaining a position with The British Horse Society as an Access Field offier,
you will be a member of the Society’s growing Access Department. The Access Team works
to preserve, protect and extend equestrian access throughout the UK to enable every horse
rider and carriage driver to be able to ride/drive from their stable onto a safe network of off-
road paths.

Job Description

Job Title: Access and Bridleways Field Officer.
Purpose: To coordinate Access activities primarily within a specified BHS Region, ensuring the delivery of defined access objectives in this region.

Reporting to: Director of Access

You will coordinate Access activities primarily within a specified region (either East, South
West, the East and West Midlands, or Yorkshire) ensuring the delivery of defined access
objectives in this region.

In this exciting new role you have the opportunity to make a real difference. You will work
closely with our trained team of voluntary Access and Bridleway Officers and take a
coordinated approach to taking access to the next level in the region. You will fuel your
region’s work to research and record lost routes as well as taking opportunities to support the
establishment of new routes where possible. In addition to this you will coordinate Equestrian
Access activities and meetings which aim to secure routes on the ground and recruit more

Our Access team are a voice for our industry. We lobby at national level, engage with local
communities, and work closely with partner organisations to ensure every equestrian has
access to safe, off road routes today and in the future. The Access Field Officer position
plays a crucial role in helping the team to achieve great success in each region.
This will be a home based position involving some travel through the region as well as
evening and weekend work where appropriate. The successful candidate must have access
to a home office set up where broadband is available (and will be provided with BHS support
for this). Applicants must also have their own reliable transport suitable for business use.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Attend Access meetings, nationally and locally as required
  • Liaise closely with the Regional Manager, Access and Bridleways Officers, partner
    organisations, and Equestrian Access Groups
  • Be an additional local point of contact on access issues for all Access and Bridleways Officers
    and members within the region
  • Actively market and assist with arranging a range of access activities (eg. training opportunities,
    social events, area and club shows)
  • Research and assist in the researching of 2026 definitive map modification order applications
    and their submission
  • Promote, recruit and encourage people in the region to establish their own productive research
    into ‘lost ways’, by establishing research groups in each county
  • Work with developers and planners to identify access opportunities and progress to completion
  • Respond to development and transport plans, planning applications, rights of way improvement
    plans and path orders
  • Assist the Director of Access with any additional projects as and when required
  • Respond to section 38 Commons Act 2006 applications, and progress other commons issues
    throughout the region

Person Specification:


  • Experience of access legislation
  • Experience of local government
  • Planning and organising multiple activities
  • Excellent time management skills and prioritising work loads
  • Experience of managing, working with and leading volunteers
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Flexible approach to travel and varied and often long working hours including weekends and
    bank holidays
  • Excellent communication skills both verbal and written
  • A passion for mapping and GIS mapping skills
  • Knowledge of planning legislation
  • The ability to write reports and disseminate information to staff, volunteers and members
  • Previous project management experience
  • Own reliable transport appropriate for business use

How to Apply

To apply for this role please provide us with a copy of your updated resume along with a covering letter highlighting your relevant skills and experience. It is also helpful if you can advise of your salary expectations in your covering letter. Applications should be sent directly to

Closing Date for applications: 9am, Monday 9 December 2019

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Key Information




The British Horse Society




Full Time


Entry Level, Graduate


Administration, Countryside & Land Management, Environment, Nature & Wildlife


Homebased (various), United Kingdom

Application Deadline:

9th December 2019 at 9:00am

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