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Community Engagement Officer

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Posted on Jan 29, 2021 by CHM Recruit

Canterbury, Kent, United Kingdom
Immediate Start
£21.7k - £24.3k Annual

Community Engagement Officer - Blean Woods Re-wetting
Location: Blean Woods, Kent
Salary: £21,718.00 - £24,294.00 Per Annum
Benefits: Pension, Life Assurance, 26 days Annual Leave
Duration: 12 months

With funding from the GRCF and in partnership with Kent Wildlife Trust and Canterbury City Council, our client is embarking on an ambitious landscape-scale project to create and restore habitats throughout Blean Woods and to boost biodiversity in a landscape already compromised by the effects of climate change.

Blean Woods is one of the most extensive and ecologically important woodland landscapes in England. Well used and well loved by local communities, with over 250,000 people visiting each year, the woodland is also a major visitor attraction in North Kent, offering an abundance of opportunities for wildlife enthusiasts, families and others from near and far to spend time surrounded by nature. The restoration will improve the nature experience in the wood and, through active engagement, introduce new audiences to this special place.

This charity is looking for a passionate and people-focused Community Engagement Officer to work with and engage those new and existing audiences on a 12-month contract. An inspiring communicator with the ability to motivate others to take action for nature, you will develop a community engagement and outreach programme that will raise awareness and understanding of the project. You'll be both creative and innovative when it comes to organising engagement events to devise and run activities that support the charity's work in restoring and protecting this valuable landscape.

Developing, empowering and supporting teams of volunteers to take part in practical restoration work on site will form an important part of the role and experience of managing and leading a diverse team is desirable. The ability to relate well to others, to encourage participation and to communicate the value of community and volunteer involvement to the conservation of priority habitats and species will be central to the success of the project.

Key tasks include:

  • Create and deliver an inclusive engagement programme that builds awareness and understanding about the project tin the local community and enables their active involvement in it.
  • Promote volunteer opportunities and community involvement through a range of channels such as talks, social media and engagement events to develop volunteer teams to achieve the aims of the project.
  • Plan, organise and deliver an ambitious programme of community work events at sites across Blean woodlands primarily making and installing simple flow control devices and ensuring that Health and Safety standards are always met.
  • Undertake the procurement of equipment and resources needed for the community work events.
  • Assist in the organisation and delivery of a series of volunteer celebration events.
  • Contribute to community advocacy and the project legacy planning, enabling the local community to remain engaged and enthused about the project, its outcomes and empowered to continue conservation activities.
  • Assist the Blean Woods Project Manager and Kent Wildlife Trust staff to prepare and submit the necessary licences and consents required for activities to proceed.
  • Be part of a staff and volunteer team that carries out wildlife surveys and monitoring in Blean Woods.

Essential skills, knowledge & experience:

  1. Energy, enthusiasm, and the ability to inspire people to take action for nature.
  2. An excellent verbal and written communicator able to communicate conservation messages in a way that is understood by a range of audiences to engender their support and action.
  3. Demonstrable people skills and the ability to engage with a wide range of people face to face.
  4. Knowledge of Health and Safety procedures in the workplace.

Desirable skills, knowledge & experience:

  1. Experience of community engagement and working with the public.
  2. Experience of working with volunteers.
  3. Basic knowledge of UK wildlife, habitats and key species (sufficient to be able to lead public engagement activities in a credible way and to train and motivate volunteers).
  4. Experience of project management.

Closing date: 23:59, 21 February 2021


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No agencies please.

Reference: 1074531065

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