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Access Field Officer, North and Northwest

Full Time - 35 hours per week (working hours)

Salary: circa £29,000 pa

Home Based – the post holder must live within the region

  • Last reviewed: 29th April 2024

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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.

Our Home Team within the Society is made up of professionals who bring together a variety of experiences, backgrounds and perspectives. We celebrate the diversity of our people and place a high value on creating an environment where everyone can bring their whole self to work. We work with agility, giving you the autonomy to make decisions about where, when and how you work within a set of principles that agreed within teams.

About the role

You will be a member of the Society’s growing Access Department, which 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.

You will coordinate Access activities primarily within BHS North & North West Region (Cheshire, Lancashire, Cumbria, Northumberland, County Durham, Cleveland and the Isle of Man), ensuring the delivery of defined access objectives in this region.

In this exciting role you have the opportunity to make a difference. You will work closely with our trained team of voluntary Access and Bridleway Officers and take a coordinated approach to moving access to the next level in this region. You will fuel the region’s work to research and record the lost routes in in the area. You will coordinate Equestrian Access activities and meetings which aim to secure routes on the ground and recruit more volunteers.

We are a voice for our industry, 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, and you will assist us to do this in the region.

This will be a home-based position and will involve travel through the region and sometimes beyond as well as evening and weekend work. The successful candidate will need to live in the region and must have access to a home office set up where broadband is available. They will be provided with BHS support for this. They must also have their own transport suitable for business use.


What will you get in return?
  • Annual Leave: 26 days + plus bank holidays (increasing to 30 days after 5 years’ service)
  • Pension: Automatic entry at 4% into our scheme after 3-month deferral period, contributions matched up to 5%
  • Health Benefits: health (income protection) insurance, health cash plan, life assurance at 4 x salary, yearly flu jab
  • Wellbeing Support: ‘Everymind at Work’ mental health and wellbeing app and quarterly webinars, opportunities to participate in a range of engagement activities such as our book and gardening clubs, ‘Put the Kettle On’ informal virtual chats and our annual Funuary activities!
  • Training and Development: Access to a range of formal and informal development opportunities, including BHS Wise (our e-learning platform), our ‘A Day in Your Shoes’ cross-departmental work shadowing scheme and ‘C-Me’ communication workshops.

The British Horse Society is committed to achieving equity for all current and prospective employees and does not condone discrimination on the basis of age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, gender identity, or marriage and civil partnership.

We aspire to have a diverse workforce because, in our view, diversity enables better organisational outcomes. We also believe that a more inclusive workplace, where people of different backgrounds work together, ensures better outcomes for all employees.

We therefore strongly encourage suitably experienced people from a wide range of backgrounds to apply.

Only suitable candidates will be contacted directly about this position, and we will not store or process the data of candidates for longer than is necessary for the recruitment process.

Apply via our website please provide a covering letter (including your salary expectations) and CV, demonstrating how your skills and experience match the requirements of the person specification and send to Further details of this and other opportunities, please visit

Please note: we may be speaking to and interviewing candidates throughout the advertised period; to avoid disappointment, we advise you to submit your application as soon as possible as we reserve the right to close posts at any time.

Closing Date for applications: 13 May 2024