Senior Projects Officer (Training and Volunteering)

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					                           NIA Project Officer (Connect)

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. 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
levels.
                                  NIA Project Officer

Job Description

Outline

Responsible to: Inspiring People Programme Manager

Responsible for: Volunteers and Trainees

Based at: Potteric Carr Nature Reserve, near Doncaster.

Brief

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
project partners.

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
        activities

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
Other

       Promote the Trust, the HHL partnership and partner organisations whenever
        possible

       Abide by all Trust policies

       Undertake other duties as requested by your line manager and in line with the
        post
                                  NIA Project Officer

Person Specification

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
    communities

   Experience of successful fundraising                                 E

Knowledge and Understanding

   A good understanding of general principles of nature                 E
    conservation

   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
    conservation

Skills and Qualifications

   Highly IT literate – particularly MS Word, Excel                     E

   Excellent communication and presentation skills – both written       E
    and verbal

   Preferably educated to degree level or have substantial              E
    experience

   Strong and effective organisational skills                           E
Personal Qualities

   Self managing but comfortable working as part of a lively and   E
    dynamic team

   A flexible “can do “ approach                                   E

   High standards of personal and professional integrity           E
                                 NIA Project Officer

Job Specification

Details

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

				
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