Current vacancies

Planning Officer - full time - permanent
Salary - £24,657 - £27,358 (Grade 8)

The stunning landscape of Chichester Harbour is the perfect place to develop your career in planning. You will gain experience of working with Members and elected officials and will be fully supported on your route to full Charted Membership of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI).

Over 10,500 people live in the AONB, with many more within walking distance of the protected landscape. Planning control is a vital way in which the natural and cultural environment of Chichester Harbour is looked after.  You would be joining the team at an exciting time as we are currently developing our Management Plan for the next five years.

As the Planning Officer, you will work closely with the Principal Planning Officer to positively help shape the future of our Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  Full training, including managing Works Licences, will be provided.

This is an opportunity to join a friendly, multi-disciplinary team who are committed to protecting our beautiful landscape.  We can offer you a competitive salary and generous leave allowance whilst working in a harbour-side office with unrivalled views across the water.

You will have a degree level qualification in a town and country planning related course and preferably be an RTPI member with knowledge of the English planning system and of how environmental designations affect planning law.

To apply, please download and complete the application form in full, CVs are only acceptable as supporting documents.  Please read the job description and person specification carefully before completing the application form to show how you meet the criteria outlined in the person specification and the experience you can draw on that would enable you to fullfil the duties.  Please also thake note of the Guidance for Applicants.

Send your completed application form by email to or by post to Chichester Harbour Conservancy, Harbour Office, Itchenor, PO20 7AW marked Planning Officer Application.

Deadline for applications - 12 noon Monday 24 September

Interviews - week commencing Monday 1 October

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Work Experience

The Conservancy accepts two students per year on work experience placements.  The emphasis is on education, nature conservation and harbour management. Preference will be given to students attending local schools and/or with their main residence in the Harbour area.
We can offer a maximum of one week’s work equivalent to five working days.  The period of work is likely to include the weekends on either side of the working week with equivalent time off during the  week.
Guidelines for applicants:
• you need to be happy to work both in an office and outdoors
• you will probably be asked to assist  with a guided walk of some distance
• you are likely to be involved with a practical outdoor  tasks with the Rangers
• you need appropriate outdoor gear for wet and muddy conditions and for going out on the water (a life jacket will be supplied)
• you will require family support with transport due to the rural locations of our offices at Itchenor and Dell Quay
• written consent will be required from parents as placements are likely to include at least one session on the water  
Due to health and safety at work regulations not all tasks are appropriate for work experience students. 
Application deadlines for academic year, September 2018 – August 2019 
Applications are accepted in the autumn for placements in the following year.   Successful applicants will be contacted to confirm dates.  All unsuccessful applicants will be notified.
Please complete the Work Experience Application Form and or email it to marked FAO Education Officer
or post to:
Education Officer
Chichester Harbour Conservancy
The Street
PO20 7AW