Could this be the best job in Lincolnshire? Probably!
Lincolnshire County Council is hunting for a pub lover to help save the county’s best boozers.
The lucky applicant could pocket an annual salary of £28,000 – funded by Historic England.
The council wants to appoint the ‘enthusiastic and creative’ heritage project officer to take up the unusual role on a one year fixed-term contract.
The ‘Inns on the Edge’ project will involve researching and recording the architectural and social history of public houses along a 50 mile stretch of the Lincolnshire coast from Grimsby to Boston, to secure their future management and conservation.
“This is urgently needed to enhance the local historic environment records, raise awareness in response to the threat of pub closures, and help the hospitality sector recover from the pandemic,” the authority insisted.
The project officer will help promote and celebrate the value of Lincolnshire’s historic pubs to society, tourism and the local economy through social media, trails and an end of project exhibition.
If successful, the pilot scheme could be rolled out in other parts of the country.
According to the job description, applicants will be expected to demonstrate a ‘good working knowledge of the environment’ and have experience of carrying out research.
“A good working knowledge of the region’s heritage, and of the architectural and social history of pubs is desirable.
“As is a good understanding of the social and economic role of public houses in rural and urban communities today, and the current challenges they face.”
Essential requirements include a degree or equivalent experience in heritage management.
There is one downside. The remote nature Lincolnshire means that a full driving license and access to a car will be required.
However, the job does offer a ‘competitive salary’ of £25,991 – £28,672, along with a pension, a comprehensive benefits package including excellent discount schemes, cycle to work, civil service sports council membership and many areas for professional support and development.
Applicants must submit their CV and a covering letter stating why they have applied by May 3, with interviews being held later in the month.
The vacancy caused a considerable stir on social media when it was advertised
Bank worker Tony Blanchard, 47, joked: “Was it Carlsberg who used to boast their beer was ‘probably the best in the world.’ Maybe this is the best job in the world!”
Factory manager Duncan Attwood, 46, added: “I might have to apply for this one myself.”
One potential applicant remarked: “Wow, I bet the council is going to be flooded with CV’s for this one.”
And another wag joked: “I bet they don’t have to book a table or queue for hours like the rest of us.”