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Essex Bridleways Association


Projects and Funding Officer


Essex Bridleways Association, a long-established charity, wishes to appoint a person to carry out work that will culminate in enhancement and improvement of the amount of off-road riding available to horse riders in Essex.


The successful applicant will help us to progress existing projects and seek possible sources of funding to secure our aims.


The rôle will entail:


  1. Working on existing EBA small-to-medium projects and seeking to progress them through to a successful conclusion.  You will be given a programme of projects with priorities attached; projects arise from the EBA committee, membership and possibly other sources.
  2. Liaising with relevant bodies e.g. Essex County Council highways (PRoW) officers, City of London (Epping Forest), Epping Forest Riders Association, Essex Local Access Forum, contractors etc.
  3. Liaising with other EBA officers and area representatives as necessary to ensure all are working to the same ends, no duplication etc.
  4. Creating new bridleway routes through negotiation with landowners.
  5. In conjunction with our Bridleways Development Officer, following up potential new bridleway schemes with various bodies such as Essex County Council, local planning authorities, Natural England, Sustrans etc.
  6. Seeking and applying for funding/grant opportunities from a variety of sources to support EBA’s activities.


Experience of dealing with small-to-medium projects, and of obtaining funding/grants, would be helpful.  A high degree of self-organisation, motivation and the ability to work on your own initiative are required.  Essential skills include tenacity and the desire to reach a successful conclusion to a project, good communication and negotiating skills including sensitivity where necessary, confidence in making approaches to people, ability to play the long game as some of these projects will not be quick wins.  You need not be a horse rider but an understanding of the needs of horses and riders would be helpful.  Some knowledge of Public Rights of Way would assist you.


There are no set parameters for the terms of engagement, although this will be a part-time and temporary position, and we would be happy to discuss timescales and rates of pay with the successful applicant.  It is intended that the work will be carried out on a self employed basis under contract and these arrangements will be part of the discussions that ensue with the interested applicants.


Applications – CV and a covering letter setting out clearly your experience  of obtaining grants/funding and managing projects to Lesley Gillman by email  Please request a “read receipt” so you are sure your email has been safely received.


Closing date  -  Sunday 18 February 2018