Non-job of the week

SmallbluebinLancashire’s taxpayers, after footing Council Tax bills that have doubled in the last ten years, better brace themselves to hear where their money’s going.  We found this job at Lancashire County Council from the Guardian Society jobs page, which is our non-job of the week:


Woodlands from waste development officer


£28,172 to £30,598 a year.


Are you wasted...


...where you are? We're transforming Lancashire's waste management scene. Do you want to be a key player in one of the most innovative integrated projects in the UK? As our...


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You will be involved in establishing woodland planting on derelict and neglected land using organic growth medium produced by the county's innovative, new waste treatment facilities.


We are conducting a job evaluation exercise and as a result the salary of these posts may increase or decrease, or stay the same.


Interested in any of these new and exciting positions?


Apply online at: or tel: 0845 053 0008.


Closing date: 28 March 2008.


We are an equal opportunities employer welcoming applications from all sections of the community. Applications from ethnic minorities are welcome. You must be committed to equality and diversity in the workplace.


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Essentially this job is £30k of hard-earned taxpayers’ money to spread muck and plant trees.  Add into this the operating costs and such, double the salary and you have the rough cost to the taxpayer.  Yet in spectacular bureautalk, this role seeks an ‘officer’.  So, this could be £30k+ on a job nowhere near the frontline.  Perhaps it’s another case of the expansion in bureaucratic middle management?


You can find out and ask Lancashire County Council’s cabinet why they’re spending your money on a muck-spreading supervisor.  This is your money, you can get involved by holding wasteful politicians to account.

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