We're recruiting a Principal Definitive Map Officer to ensure we have effective and efficient processes in place to manage applications to modify the Definitive Map and Statement.
Apply now and help us maintain the longest public rights of way network in the country...
Location: County Hall, Northallerton (but currently working from home)
Salary: £34,788 to £38,813
The 10,200km of public rights of way in North Yorkshire make up the longest public rights of way network in the country, and they are a key element in the transport network, helping people to get to work and school, to enjoy the countryside and take exercise. The Definitive Map and Statement is the legal record of all these paths, and keeping it up to date is a crucial task.
A new opportunity has arisen within our Countryside Access Service for the position of Principal Definitive Map Officer to help manage casework arising from applications to modify the Definitive Map and Statement. There are two Principal Definitive Map Officer posts that provide technical advice and guidance to the team, making sure they follow legislative and council procedures in dealing with applications. A key part of this role will to be to review and develop working practices and create procedures to ensure that the team functions as efficiently as possible.
About the role
You’ll be joining a supportive, multi-skilled team who respond to Definitive Map Modification Order and Public Path Order applications from members of the public requesting changes to the public rights of way network. There is an increasing number of Definitive Map Modification Order applications being received as the 2026 cut-off date approaches, as well as historic applications. Clear policies and procedures are essential to make sure that the team process applications as consistently and efficiently as possible.
You will possess skills to effectively allocate and manage caseload and performance of the team, drafting and revising policy and procedure where needed. You will also have strong analytical skills, with experience in interpreting maps and understanding historical documents, so that you can ensure the team produce objective reports and draft legal orders. You will be involved in the drafting of evidence to the Planning Inspectorate and you will represent the Council at Public Inquiries providing the technical knowledge to promote our stance on the Order. Excellent written and oral communication skills are therefore essential.
You’ll have a relevant qualification and experience with a proven track record in caseload allocation and management of performance. You will have a confident, diplomatic and persuasive personality to negotiate with, present to and influence a range of different people. You’ll also need to have a strong knowledge of the relevant legislation.
The post is usually based at County Hall, Northallerton but travel around the county may be necessary. In the current climate, home working is required and as we move into the future a balance of home and office based working will be expected. Close liaison with team members is essential. The ability to motivate staff and manage performance is key.
Applications are invited for the above posts from suitably qualified persons, with a minimum of a degree in a relevant discipline, or significant suitable experience.