• Cranborne Chase AONB Office, Rushmore Farm, Tinkley Bottom, Tollard Royal, Wiltshire, SP5 5QA  Tel: 01725 517417

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Mar 9, 2020

Dark Night Sky Advisor £23,836 pro rata (22hrs a week). Part time 3 year temporary contract


The Cranborne Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is recognised as one of the UK’s finest landscapes. The protected landscape designation reflects its national importance, which is also recognised internationally. The AONB team works on behalf of the AONB Partnership to produce, review and lead implementation of the statutory five-year management plan.

Cranborne Chase became the first AONB to be designated, in its entirety, as an International Dark-Sky Reserve (IDSR) in October 2019. The bid to win this prestigious award took several years to prepare and the designation is awarded by the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) based in Tuscon, USA.

About the role

Cranborne Chase AONB Partnership is looking for an enthusiastic and committed person to promote the multiple benefits of IDSR status to the widest possible audiences, through presentations, media channels, the development of literature and leading stargazing events. The post holder will also be responsible for promoting and administering our ‘Dark-Sky Friendly Accreditation’ schemes for tourism related businesses, parishes, farms and schools. You will also prepare the Annual Report for the IDA, take regular dark sky readings across the AONB and be the first point of contact for public and media enquiries.

About you

You will need a good understanding of the International Dark-Sky Reserve designation, some knowledge of the lighting industry, terminology and light fittings. You will demonstrate proven experience in communicating to, and engaging with, a wide variety of audiences, be self-motivated and offer excellent IT skills, including PowerPoint. You do not need to be an expert astronomer; however a strong interest in and passion for the stars is a must!

If you enjoy working to deadlines in a positive and friendly environment, you’ll have the ongoing support of the AONB team as we work together to further promote this prestigious designation.

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For an informal discussion please contact Linda Nunn, AONB Director on 01725 517417 or lindanunn@cranbornechase.org.uk

Closing date: 23rd March 2020