Current Parish & Town Council Vacancies

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Puncknowle and Swyre Parish Council


Part-Time position: 30 hours per month

                                                Salary range: SP 7-12 (£11.63 - £12.73)

Applications are invited for the part-time post of Clerk to Puncknowle and Swyre Parish Council.

Puncknowle and Swyre Parish Council groups together these two villages and includes West Bexington.  The area lies to the north and south of the B3157 Coast Road about 6 miles east of Bridport and is home to just over 500 residents. 

The role requires excellent interpersonal and communication skills along with good organisational and numeracy ability.  Experience with Microsoft Word and Excel are needed; a qualification in Finance would be beneficial.

The work is primary home based.  A laptop and printer are provided.

Training can be arranged, including New Clerk Training.

Key aspects of the work are:

  • The preparation for meetings and follow-through minutes/actions.
  • Maintaining the financial records including the accounts and financial records, budget preparation, payroll, banking and annual audit.
  • Communication with council members, village residents and outside bodies as appropriate.
  • Arranging insurance cover.

Applicants holding the CiLCA qualification are welcome to apply.

A full job description can be supplied upon request.

Please apply by letter with an accompanying CV, and the details of two referees via email to the clerk at:


The closing date for applications is 30th May 2023

Fontmell Magna Parish Council



Part-Time position: 32 hours per month

                                   Salary range: NJC scale LC1 (7-12) £11.63 - £12.73 


Fontmell Magna in North Dorset is a friendly and vibrant community of over 750 people.  The Parish Council is seeking a Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer to support our work. 

You will play a key role in helping develop and deliver policy and operations by working closely with elected Councillors and external bodies.  Responsibilities will include preparation of agendas and minutes at Parish Council meetings, dealing with correspondence, and the Council's website

RFO duties include paying invoices, budgeting and accounting. Experience of dealing with Section 106 monies and Grant Applications would be advantageous.

The role will occupy 32 hours per month, attendance at evening meetings 4 times per year is required plus the ability to attend extraordinary general meetings when necessary.

Salary will be in accordance with the NJC scale LC1 (7-12) £11.63 - £12.73 per hour but this could be a grade higher commensurate with experience and qualifications. A laptop is provided. The Clerk will be the sole employee of the Parish Council.

Key aspects of the role are:

  • Accurate administrative and computer skills and record-keeping,
  • Maintenance of Website, diaries and social media when required,
  • Knowledge of legal and statutory requirements relating to Parish Councils,
  • Certificate in Local Council Administration (CiLCA) or equivalent,
  • An interest in engaging with our community in a friendly and positive way.

For an informal discussion and application form please telephone

Cllr Laura Kurton on 07977 564585

Application Forms to The Chair, Fontmell Magna Parish Council, Well Cottage, Common Lane, Fontmell Magna, Shaftesbury SP7 0JW,

or via email to


The closing date for applications is 31st May 2023

Interviews will be held in early June 2023

Ferndown Town Council



Full Time position: 37 hours per week over 7 days.  This includes some evening work and occasional weekend working.  

                  Salary range: To Be Confirmed, depending on experience, plus pension


Location: Based at the Ferndown Town Council offices in Ferndown, Dorset. 

Line Manager: Town Clerk

Commence: 1 June 2023

The Town Council is seeking an experienced Centre/Events manager for at least a 6 month period to cover maternity leave.

You will have a proven track record in events management which involves regular hall bookings, theatre bookings and organising events on behalf of the Council.  You will possess excellent customer services skills and have a positive can do attitude in a sometimes stressful environmenet. 

To develop, implement and have overall responsibility for a comprehensive, balanced programme of events and activities that will develop the Centre inro an ambitious and exciting theatre in the area and a thriving community hub for our residents and local groups.

  • To manage the day to day centres operations, ensuring that the building is securely opened and locked in accordance with the Town Council diary of meetings and hall/theatre bookings.  Supervise duty managers and appoint temporary staff with SIA Licence to ensure sufficient cover ration for events.
  • To manage and keep within budget, ensuring stock is ordered regulary in accordance with financial regulations and oversee stock takes.
  • Cash handling and banking of money.
  • To manage the day-to-day operations at the Centre, including theatre programme, events, hire, projects and administration (including box office and bar).
  • To manage the Barrington Centre staff and supervise contractors and volunteers.
  • To oversee the Barrington Cafe and Bar to ensure it meets any licensing and environment health requirements.
  • To ensure that all Health and Safety requirements for running a busy centre are compliant at all times.
  • Attend the Barrington Centre Committee meetings and produce reports to keep Councillors aware of the activities taking place and relevant financial information.
  • To work closely with the Town Clerk and relevant Officers to ensure there is a continuity of service at all times.

Working and physical conditions:  The work is based at the Barrington Centre.  It may be necessary to liaise with contractors and staff regarding issues at the Centre and will involve physical activity, working at height and the wearing of protective clothing to avoid dust, dirt, grease etc.  The Centre is a no smoking work area.  The job is not specifically physically demanding but may involve lifting, carrying and working at heights up to 3.5m from the floor level both internally and externally.  Evening attendance at Committee meetings and evening/weekend attendance at events will be required.

Ferndown Town Council is committed to equality of opportunity and welcomes applications from all suitable qualified candidates.  If you have any special needs relating to provision for your interview, please let us know at the time of application.

Please send CV toTracy Predeth, Locum Town Clerk email:

Bradford Peverell Parish Council


Part-Time position: 15 hours per month

                                                           Annual Salary £2063.00


The Parish Clerk of Bradford Peverell Parish Council is retiring after 20 years service.

The Parish Council meets six times each year. 

Bradford Peverell is 2.5 miles west of Dorchester, just off the A37.

Skills and attributes needed include a good deal of common sense, confidence to handle the administrative work, being a good organiser, numerate, IT literate and able to get on with most people.

For a full job description please telephone the present clerk, Jackie Adlam on 01305 319101 or mobile 07990 683635 (Afternoon or early evening are best) or email to make an application please write to including your C.V and details of two referees. 

Alderholt Parish Council



Part-Time position: 30 hours per week

 Salary range: NJC scale LC2 24-32 (£16.16 - £19.91 per hour) dependent on qualifications and relevant experience.

Alderholt Parish Council require a part-time Parish Clerk (Proper Officer & Responsible Financial Officer) to help develop and manage policy, strategy, and operations by working with elected council members, external bodies and staff.

Responsibilities include the preparation and writing of agendas, reports and meeting minutes, dealing with correspondence, liaising with the public and other organisations, responsibility for the website and communication and statutory Council functions. As Responsible Financial Officer be responsible for budgeting and financial management and preparation of the annual budget and audit.

Candidates must be a good communicator (both written & orally), numerate, computer literate (Word & Excel) and able to work on their own initiative. Relevant experience and qualifications desirable, but the right character, commitment and motivation are essential. Flexible hours are necessary with the requirement for attendance at evening meetings and some travel for training/meetings.

For an application form and job description contact:

Cllr Stuart Greenland

Tel 07538 733126


Closing date for applications: 5th June 2023


Knowlton Parish Council



Part-Time position: 42.5 hours per month 

Salary range: SCP 18 - 23 (£14.21- £15.67 per hour) 


Applications are invited for the part-time position of clerk and Responsible Financial Officer to Knowlton Parish Council.

Knowlton Parish Council groups together the parish of Chalbury, Horton, Wimborne St. Giles and Woodlands and is home to approximately 1300 electors.

The role requires excellent communication skills along with good organisational and numeracy ability.

Experience with Microsoft Word and Excel are needed.

The work is primarily home-based with monthly meetings at Horton & Chalbury Hall

Laptop and printer provided.

New Clerk training is available with the Dorset Association of Parish & Town Councils along with additional courses and the Annual Clerk's Seminar.  More details at

Key aspects of the work are:

  • to ensure that statutory and other provisions governing or affecting the running of the Council are observed.
  • to monitor and balance the Council's accounts and prepare records for audit purposes and VAT.
  • to prepare agendas for meetings of the Council; to attend such meetings, prepare minutes for approval and complete actions.
  • to receive correspondence and documents on behalf of the Council and to deal with the correspondence or documents or bring such items to the attention of the Council.
  • to attend training courses or seminars on the work and role of the Clerk as required by the Council.
  • To keep the Council's website up to date with latest Minutes of meetings, Agendas for meeting and any other information as required including the KNOWLTON News E-Newsletter.
Applicants holding the CiLCA qualification are welcome to apply.

A full job description can be supplied upon request

Please apply in writing with an accompanying CV, and the details of two referees via email to the clerk at

The closing date for applications is 30th June 2023 

Wimborne Minster Town Council



LC2 SCP 18 - 24 (£27,344 - £31,099 pro rata 20 hours per week)


We are looking for a Community Events and Liaison Officer to develop and deliver our vibrant programme of annual events ranging from popular family events like our Christmas Lights Switch On and New Year's Eve events to our formal civic occasions such as Remembrance Day and Thanksgiving Civic Service.

You will be responsible for events, whether part of the Council's own programme of town and civic events or working with our partners.  You will be instrumental in promoting the work of the Town Council by proactive marketing campaigns and delivering engagement processes that positively build on the reputation of the Town Council.  You will be an expert source of advice to assist the Town Clerk in developing the civic ceremonial traditions of the town and support the Town Mayor in carrying out their role.

The post would suit an energetic, outgoing individual who has experience and skills in event management.  If this challenging and pro-active role in a small, friendly team is the job for you then please contact us for an application pack.

For an informal discussion about this role and a recruitment pack please contact Louise Harrison, Town Clerk/RFO by email at or call 01202 881655

Application packs are available from our website

Previous applicants need not apply.

Completed application forms should be returned by email to (CVs will not be accepted).

Wimborne Minster Town Council is committed to equality of opportunity and actively welcomes applications from all sections of the community.


 Closing date: 12 noon on Monday 12th June 2023

                                                                                     Interviews: week commencing 19th June 2023