Clifton Beck Community Project Officer Context The Trust operates throughout the traditional county of Yorkshire (i.e. all of the Yorkshire and Humber region except North Lincolnshire) from the Humber to the Pennines and from the Dales and Moors to the urban conurbations of the south. It is the second oldest of the 47 Wildlife Trusts which work in partnership together covering the whole of the UK. Our purpose is to lead the way in achieving our vision of a Yorkshire rich in wildlife for everyone through pursuing our mission of creating Living Landscapes and securing Living Seas in Yorkshire. We will do this by being passionate leaders and natural partners whose objectives are to: demonstrate how nature works inspire people and communities to value and take action for wildlife champion wildlife and our work and to enable this by: growing our resources through inspiring people to value our work knowledge sharing, cooperation, flexibility and effectiveness and ensuring excellent governance. The Trust seeks to realise this vision through the objectives identified in the Development Plan and Business Plan. Activities that the Trust undertakes to achieve the plans are nature reserve management of 95 reserves covering more than 2,500 hectares scattered across the region, specialist projects in river and wetland management, community development and environmental education activities, publicity and promotion and campaigning and policy work. The Trust employs more than 110 staff (equivalent of 95 F/T staff) and, crucially, enjoys the support of 40,000 members. The staff work through four teams: support services; development; and two conservation delivery teams – north & east and south & west. Each team has a director who reports to the Chief Executive who is responsible for the operations of the Trust and, in turn, reports to the Board of Trustees who govern the organisation. The conservation delivery teams are then divided into regional teams which are led by a Regional Manager who reports to the Director of the delivery team. The Trust engages more than 900 dedicated volunteers and voluntary trainees in its work. They make a huge contribution by giving time, skills, knowledge, enthusiasm and local ownership to our vision. All employees are expected to encourage, develop and support volunteer involvement wherever possible.
Clifton Beck Community Project Officer
Job Description Outline Responsible to: Regional Manager - West Responsible for: Project Assistants, Trainees, Contractors, and Volunteers. Based at: West Regional Office, at Cold Hill, Huddersfield, HD4 6TU
Brief We are looking for a bright and energetic Project Officer to join our West Yorkshire Team to manage, and deliver our new and exciting HLF funded – Improving Clifton Becks Water project. The project is a mix of habitat restoration and creation, engagement with communities and landowners, technical field work, survey and monitoring, and facilitation of training and events. This is a new position in the West Region linked to the HLF funding. We’ve got big plans for the project so you will need to be flexible, ambitious, and keen to make an impact from day one. We are looking for someone with extensive project management experience, with a bit of a flair for creatively engaging with volunteers and communities too! If this sounds like you this role might be right up your street. We will focus activity across four key work strands: ‘inform the community’ – about this important natural asset; ‘engage local people’ – to play a more active part in, and be more informed about, issues on the beck; ‘collaborate with land managers’ – changing the way green space is looked after to reduce negative impacts; and ‘act to make a change’ – improving habitat along the river. All resulting in Clifton Beck becoming a more valued natural asset with increased space and opportunity for nature to recover and thrive, and the local community having a greater sense of place.
Project Development & Delivery
Liaise with stakeholders to maintain support and agreements for work, and obtain new consents or permissions where needed
Provide support, advice, and work on detailed designs for practical work
Appointing consultants and contractors
Organise and lead on site works
Carry out consultation and community engagement
Undertake survey, monitoring, and technical field work
Organise and facilitate training days and community events
Promote and raise awareness of our project work and our funders
Ensure the project is managed effectively and work with partners to ensure the program is delivered
Prepare reports and ensure funder administration requirements are met
Mange the delegated budgets.
Promote the Trust and partner organisations whenever possible
Attend all necessary external and internal meetings
Abide by all Trust policies
Undertake other duties as requested by your line manager and in line with the post.
Clifton Beck Community Project Officer Person Specification Experience
Experience of managing projects and budgets
Experience of working on landscape scale conservation projects
Experience of carrying out community consultation and working with volunteer and community groups
Experience of partnership working with a wide range of stakeholders (e.g. Government agencies, contractors, general public, volunteer groups)
Experience of developing, delivering, and facilitating events and training sessions
Experience of working with landowners and land mangers – particularly linked to the water environment and farming
Knowledge and Understanding
Knowledge of river catchment ecology
Knowledge of Water Framework Directive
Understanding of the Catchment Based Approach
Understanding of Hydromorphology and Geomorphology
A good understanding of how to inspire and empower people to assist in meeting our project aims
Skills and Qualifications
GIS and data savvy
Species and habitat survey and monitoring
Educated to degree level, or plenty of previous experience
Full driving licence
An effective communicator, personable and engaging, ability to build great relationships with everyone you work with, a record of strong communications skills
Super organised and a keen eye for the detail, great at responding flexibly to changing demands and managing your workload
A love for wildlife and truly passionate about bringing about a Yorkshire rich in wildlife for everyone!
Clifton Beck Community Project Officer Details Terms and Conditions Salary:
£24,500 pro rata, p.a.
21 working hours per week, Monday to Friday. The nature of the post’s duties may from time-to-time require evening and weekend work. Paid overtime is not available, but time off in lieu will be given.
18 months fixed term contract.
25 working days per annum in addition to normal public holidays, pro rata, p.a.
You will be eligible to be auto enrolled into the Trust’s Group Flexible Retirement plan. The Trust will contribute to this plan on your behalf at a rate set by the Trust’s Council. The rate is currently 3% of your basic salary. However, if you choose to make an employee contribution the Trust will make an employer contribution of up to 9% depending on the amount you choose to contribute as an employee. Written terms of the scheme are available on request from finance.
The Trust operates a Childcare Voucher Scheme. Details of which are available on request.
Employee Assistance Programme:
The Trust provides paid staff with access to an Employee Assistance Programme. This is a confidential service which aims to provide staff with support for a range of issues. Further details are available from the HR and Training Manager.
4 weeks following satisfactory completion of a 6 month probationary period.
Place of Work:
West Regional Office, Cold Hill, Huddersfield, HD4 6TU
Public transport is encouraged although pool vehicles are available. In exceptional circumstances the use of the officer’s own vehicle may be necessary for business use for which a mileage rate of 27.5p per mile will be paid.
The Trust is fully committed to personal development and training.
9am on Thursday 17 November 2016
Tuesday 29 November 2016