Do you want to connect people with their local river and wildlife as part of an exciting engagement project? Do you see the opportunities for connection with nature to improve people’s health and wellbeing? Do you have the skills to deliver a wide-ranging and varied volunteer and community engagement programme? Do you share our passion for improving our river?
The Welland Rivers Trust runs an initiative to better connect with communities living in the catchment, understand their needs and concerns and develop innovative new projects and events related to the river that will improve their health and wellbeing.
As Community Engagement Officer, it will be your job to continue and expand this programme, building new relationships, consulting existing volunteers and understanding how the River Welland and its tributaries can form a more meaningful part of people’s lives. We want to ensure community input and benefit are at the heart of all our projects and you will significant autonomy to explore and develop new ways of making this happen. You will also manage the delivery of WRT’s citizen science monitoring project, River Wardens and deliver informative and engaging educational visits to schools and other local organisations such as Scouts groups, special interest groups and Parish Councils.
Essential criteria are an ability to work independently and creatively as part of a small team, good people skills and a committed, professional, and flexible approach to your work. We are looking for an individual with experience of delivering an array of practical community engagement activities such as walks, volunteer clean ups and educational workshops. You will be an approachable and friendly communicator who will be able to lead and inspire others to preserve and respect the natural world whilst building strong relationships and partnerships to achieve outcomes on the ground.
The Community Engagement Officer will report to the Welland Project Manager and the board of trustees and attend the Welland Valley Partnership to ensure that the interests of local communities are considered in the multi-organisational planning of works in the catchment.
Although most of your work will fall between normal business hours, community engagement events and meetings can be held in the evening and at weekends. A reasonable commitment to out-of-hours working will be required and compensated with time off in-lieu. Much of the work can be done while working from home but you will be notionally based in Loddington at the offices of the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT).
Essential candidate skills:
- Experience in environmental education and community engagement
- Strong social and inter-personal skills
- Excellent organisational and networking skills
- Ability to work unsupervised
- Full driving license and own vehicle
- Strong computer literacy (Microsoft Office, Social Media, WordPress, Email)
- A genuine desire to improve the aquatic environment
- Living in or very close to the Welland catchment area (Including Market Harborough, Stamford, Oakham)
Desirable (but not essential) candidate qualities:
- Knowledge of and connection to the Welland catchment and its settlements
- Experience of work to develop funding bids
- Academic training in a related environmental science (conservation, biology, geography) with knowledge of aquatic ecosystems and conservation
Initially this is a three day per week position for one year with the potential to extend with successful fundraising.
Selected candidates will be invited to interview via Zoom between the 3rd and 13th of August with a view to starting by mid-September.
Please send a CV and covering letter with details of two recent references to our Project Manager, Chris French – firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to receiving your application!