NIA Project Officer (Connect)
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. The Trust’s principle vision is to work for a Yorkshire rich in
wildlife, valued and enjoyed by people.
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
these plans include nature reserve management of 80 reserves covering 2,500 hectares
scattered across the region, specialist projects in river and wetland management,
community development, environmental education activities, promotions, campaigning
and policy work.
The Trust employs 100 staff (equivalent of 86 F/T staff) and, crucially, enjoys the support
of 33,000 members. The staff work through six teams: administration & finance;
fundraising & communications; and four conservation delivery teams – northern,
central, southern and policy. Each team has a manager 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 Humberhead Levels partnership brings together Local Authorities, Agencies, NGOs
and IDBs to take forward Biodiversity, Heritage and ecosystem service benefits within
the National Character area which also benefit local communities and the economy.
The partnership has been successful in securing Nature Improvement Area funding and
will deliver a £1.5m project over the next three years. The Connect project is an exciting
2.5 year project funded by the NIA programme. The project will work with local
communities within the NIA to develop, reinvigorate and expand community
involvement and engagement in protecting and enhancing biodiversity in the region.
The project will deliver improved infrastructure, alongside community activities and
events and training to promote the NIA and to ensure high awareness and engagement
NIA Project Officer
Responsible to: Inspiring People Programme Manager
Responsible for: Volunteers and Trainees
Based at: Potteric Carr Nature Reserve, near Doncaster.
The Project Officer will manage, administer and deliver an exciting new NIA funded
project. The project officer will be responsible for promoting the project as well as
planning, delivering and evaluating a programme of activities, training and events. The
officer will be responsible for effectively administering the project and liaising with
Establish at least 3 Community Activity Stations
Plan and deliver consultation workshops with the local community
Fundraise to enable the establishment of at least 3 self led activities on nature
reserves and green spaces
Plan and deliver a training programme to support engagement in self led
Plan, deliver and evaluate a series of events and activities
Plan and co-ordinate an events programme across the HHL’s, prioritising events
delivery at key “gateway” sites including Potteric Carr
Plan and deliver training sessions for local community groups
Plan and deliver best practise / sharing events for HHL partners and stakeholders
Promote the Project
Plan and organise a high profile launch event involving the press
Co-ordinate and chair a steering group for the project
Promote the project through regular press releases and website updates
Promote the project through other avenues as appropriate
Support the delivery of the wider NIA programme as required
Recruit, Manage and Support Volunteers
Recruit, manage and train volunteers to support the project
Ensure project volunteers undertake training appropriate to the project and their
own personal development
Fundraising and project development
Secure match funding for the project as required
Prepare and submit funding bids to expand and extend the project
Effectively evaluate, monitor and administer the project
Ensure the project milestones and outcomes are monitored regularly
Consult with stakeholders, partners and beneficiaries on a regular basis
Ensure all sessions /activities are evaluated effectively
Ensure claims are submitted on time
Ensure high quality project reports are submitted on time
Provide updates to the NIA programme manager, HHL Exec, NIA Steering Group
and HHL partners as required
Promote the Trust, the HHL partnership and partner organisations whenever
Abide by all Trust policies
Undertake other duties as requested by your line manager and in line with the
NIA Project Officer
Experience Essential (E) or Desirable (D)
Experience of managing projects and budgets E
Experience of partnership working E
Experience of delivering events and training programmes E
Experience of working with volunteers and engaging local E
Experience of successful fundraising E
Knowledge and Understanding
A good understanding of general principles of nature E
A general understanding of land management for wildlife, E
people, farming and development
A good understanding of NIA’s E
A general understanding of the how to engage people in D
Skills and Qualifications
Highly IT literate – particularly MS Word, Excel E
Excellent communication and presentation skills – both written E
Preferably educated to degree level or have substantial E
Strong and effective organisational skills E
Self managing but comfortable working as part of a lively and E
A flexible “can do “ approach E
High standards of personal and professional integrity E
NIA Project Officer
Terms and Conditions
Salary: £23000 p.a. pro rata
Hours: 14 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.
Holidays: 25 working days per annum in addition to normal public holidays (pro
rata for part time workers).
Pensions: On satisfactory completion of the 6 month probationary period the
employee will be eligible to enter the Trust’s group stakeholder pension
scheme and the Trust will contribute up to 5% of salary to this scheme.
Employee The Trust provides paid staff with access to an Employee Assistance
Assistance Programme. This is a confidential service which aims to provide staff
Programme: with support for a range of issues. Further details are available from the
HR and Training Manager.
Notice Period: 4 weeks
Place of Work: The post will be based at the Trust’s headquarters at York.
Travel: 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.
Training: The Trust is fully committed to personal development and training.
Closing date: 9 am Monday 23 April 2012
Interview dates: Tuesday 1 May 2012