Ref 7629
£9000.00 per annum
37 hours per week

Principal Duties  

The network of rights of way in the Rochdale borough consist of restricted byways (can legally be used by horse and cart, horse riders, pedal cyclist and pedestrians, can also be used by mobility scooters) bridleways (can be used legally by horse riders, pedal cyclist and pedestrians, can also be used by mobility scooters) and footpaths (can be used legally by pedestrians and mobility scooters), these are maintained and protected by the Council to ensure they can be used freely. 

  • The Apprentice will assist in inspecting and arranging maintenance out to ensure the routes can be used without obstruction and without difficulty. 
  • The Apprentice will also assist in co-ordinating and developing the rights of way network and Countryside Services, a borough-wide work programme for rights of way maintenance, improvements and the wider countryside resource, in conjunction with the Countryside Manager and Rights of Way Officer  
  • Assist with site inspections of Definitive Rights of Way within the borough.
  • Assist in organising and delivering a programme of work to Definitive Rights of Way within the allocated budget to include cutting back vegetation, repair of surfaces and/or stiles, gates, inspect and record condition of signs and way markers and arrange repair/replace. 
  • To gain skills to liaise with landowners, farmers, Police, general public and any other public bodies on matters concerning rights of way/Improvement Plan.
  • Assist in managing information and ensure data protection compliance on relevant management/ICT systems.
  • To liaise with colleagues within the Environmental Quality Service to gain skills to assist in undertaking, where appropriate, enforcement action to protect the public’s right to pass and re-pass rights of way.
  • To assist with research, preparation and submission of bids and grant funding applications, working in partnership with community interest groups and stakeholders.
  • To develop skills to assist in maintaining a relationship with statutory agencies such as Natural England on matters that relate to local nature reserves and Sites of Special Scientific Interest.
  • To assist in the project management of educational development and interpretation of the definitive rights of way network and managed areas and to promote countryside facilities in the context of the borough, branding and attracting visitors to the area.
  • To gain skills and assist in collecting evidence, preparing reports/statements and working towards attendance in court when required or in the absence of the Rights of Way Officer.
  • To assist with Interviews under Caution with the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 and the Criminal Procedures and Investigations Act 1996.
  • To assist to ensure that all investigation work complies with the Human Rights Act 1998 and Data Protection Act 1998.

Secondary Duties

  • To assist with the preparation of statistical information and progress reports on performance data, in particular, national and local indicators.
  • To participate in in-service training as a trainee.
  • To undertake such other duties and responsibilities of an equivalent nature as may be determined from time to time by the Unit Manager (or nominated representative) in consultation with the post holder.

Desired skills

  • Numerate and literate
  • Knowledge of Windows-based PC applications to produce letters and other documents to a high standard.
  • Use of email and spreadsheets
  • Ability to communicate courteously and effectively with a range of people
  • Ability to work on own initiative
  • Experience of reading a map


  • Personal qualities

Valuing our people

Focusing on customers

Acting with integrity

Using time and money wisely

Working together

Always learning and improving

    • Desired qualifications
  • Minimum of 4 GCSE’s at grade C/4 (or equivalent) including English and maths

Things to consider

  • The post is for 18 months, salary of £9000 per annum for the first 12 months, thereafter the National Minimum Wage applies. Occasional attendance at evening meetings as required.