Job Opportunity: Project Development Officer (full-time, initial fixed term contract to November 2023, salary: £32,798 – £36,371 per annum) at South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (application deadline: midnight on 15th May 2022)

South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), one of 46 protected landscapes across the UK, is currently seeking to recruit a full-time Project Development Officer. The South Devon AONB website includes an interactive map showing the area covered by the AONB and some of the activities available.

Please forward details to anyone in your network(s) who may be interested in finding out more about this opportunity or applying. The deadline for applications is midnight on Sunday 15th May 2022. Many thanks to Nicky Bailey (she/her/hers), for sending in details. 

The job advertisement reads:

Job Opportunity: Project Development Officer: Life on the Edge

In support of Project Development Phase April 22 – November 23

(Extension possible subject to performance and securing National Lottery Heritage Fund Delivery Phase funding Mar 2024 – Mar 2029)

“Hosted by the South Devon AONB Unit on behalf of the Life on the Edge Project Partnership, employed through South Hams District Council and made possible with the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

o Salary details: £32,798 – £36,371 per annum (Level 5).
o Department: South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Unit.
o Reference: New Post – See HR Panel information.
o Job Term: Fixed-term – to begin ASAP until end of October 2023.
o Appointment type: Full-time.
o Hours: 37 hours per week.
o Location: Agile working / Totnes, Devon.
o Closing date: midnight on Sunday 15th May 2022.
o Shortlisting: Monday 16th May 2022.
o Interview details: Monday 23rd May 2022 via Teams.

“For an informal discussion please contact Roger English, South Devon AONB Manager, on 01803 229331 or email

“Are you enthusiastic about wildflower rich coastal environments, threatened invertebrates, climate resilient coastal land management, able to investigate, plan and develop new ideas, inspire, and meaningfully engage with communities and businesses, have vision and drive to respond positively to change and shape a brighter future?

“We are looking for a highly motivated, skilled and enthusiastic individual keen to make a real difference for nature recovery in South Devon and leave a positive legacy for our natural heritage and communities. During this project development phase you will work with colleagues and partners to trial interventions and develop detailed plans on time and to budget for the delivery of Life on the Edge project outcomes. You will be the lead on developing and submitting an inspirational Round Two National Lottery Heritage Fund application to secure the project’s £4m delivery phase.

“This is a rare opportunity to work with the South Devon AONB Team, Buglife and a wider project partnership, at this pivotal time when nature recovery is firmly in the spotlight and real solutions are needed right now to reverse the fortunes of some of the UKs rarest and threatened invertebrates, including the UK’s rarest bee and coastal grassland habitats.

“This unique role will build upon evidence and action to develop, communicate, and implement a pioneering species and habitat recovery programme. You will help communities and the environment respond to accelerating habitat and species loss. The project area is of exceptional landscape value, highly designated and includes Special Areas of Conservation, a National Nature Reserve, Sites of Special Scientific Interest and forms an important part of the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, South Devon Heritage Coast and South West Coast Path National Trail.

“Designated in 1960, South Devon is one of the longest designated AONBs in the UK with spectacular coastline, estuaries, countryside and rural settlements. Now is your opportunity to make a real difference within this unique, diverse and treasured landscape.

“For further information on the project, go to and for an informal discussion about the Project Development Officer role, please contact Roger English, South Devon AONB Manager on 01803 229331 or email