Education & Engagement Officer

Yorkshire Dales Rivers Trust

Home based, working across the Yorkshire Dales
£20,000 - £23,000 pro rata

Paid • Part Time • Permanent 07807 116 141 Rita Mercer

Sectors: conservation & wildlife, environmental education

Closing date: Friday, 14 July 2017

The Yorkshire Dales Rivers Trust

The Yorkshire Dales Rivers Trust is a registered charity covering the Swale, Ure, Nidd, Ouse and Wharfe catchment areas with a mission to:

  • Protect and conserve river environments and inspire others to contribute to this;
  • Provide opportunities for people to learn about and enjoy rivers;
  • Encourage partnership and collaborative working at a catchment scale.

The Trust undertakes a wide range of practical projects to improve the water quality and habitat of rivers and streams and to inspire other people to care about these environments. This includes working with farmers, landowners and communities to reduce water pollution, improve river habitat, address barriers to fish migration, and reduce the risk of damage from flooding. Volunteers have always been an essential component of the Trust, assisting with practical conservation work, monitoring and events.

The Yorkshire Dales Rivers Trust also hosts two catchment partnerships as part of the ‘Catchment based approach’ initiative, which act to facilitate working and coordinate activities across the catchment.

The Trust evolved from a group of committed volunteers and is now overseen by a board of 11 volunteer trustees. The Trust currently employs five members of staff who are home-based with occasional use of office space at Pateley Bridge. This will increase to seven, with the appointment of the Education and Engagement Officer and a Project Officer. The working culture of the Trust encourages a professional, committed and independent approach.

Rivers 2U Project

Providing opportunities for people of all ages to learn about and enjoy river environments is central to the Trust’s mission. This includes primary and secondary school visits, community events, attending agricultural shows and other bespoke events. Using grant funding from the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, the Trust has already developed a programme of educational activities, purchased a river education table and started visiting local schools.

Thanks to funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Trust plans to expand the Rivers 2U project. A programme of engagement activities over a 30 month period will provide opportunities for a wide range of audiences to enjoy and learn about river environments.

The project will include the purchase and fitting out of a mobile classroom facility to deliver over 25 visits to local schools, activities with local groups such as Scouts, Guides and Young Farmers Clubs, community events and information stands at shows. The project will also include the recruitment and training of volunteers to monitor rivers and identify problems.

Education & Engagement Officer

As part of the Yorkshire Dales Rivers Trust’s growing programme of educational activities, it is looking to recruit an enthusiastic, reliable and experienced Education and Engagement Officer. This is an exciting role for an individual interested environmental education to join the Trust to be part of this area of growth and development.

The successful candidate initially will lead the HLF funded Rivers 2U project. You will work alongside other staff members to develop an innovative programme of outreach activities to support the wider activities of the Trust. The main purpose of the position is to organise and deliver a programme of learning opportunities that will allow children and adults to better understand and enjoy their local river environments and take appropriate action to protect them.

The successful candidate will mainly be home based but will work across the Yorkshire Dales Rivers Trust’s area. The Trust is able to use office meeting space at Pateley Bridge and is looking for an office in the same area. It is expected that the successful candidate will work in the office approximately one day a week. The candidate will be flexible, with occasional evening and weekend working. The officer will work well both alone and as part of a team of paid staff and volunteers.

To apply:

Please visit our website to download the full job specification and competency profile. If you wish to apply, please send a CV (no more than two sides of A4) and covering letter (no more than two sides of A4), outlining how you meet the requirements of the person specification and job description and email to the Director of Yorkshire Dales Rivers Trust, Charles Forman

Applications must be received no later than 17.00 on Friday 14th July 2017

Interviews will be held on Tuesday 1st August at Nidderdale AONB offices, The Old Workhouse, King Street, Pateley Bridge, HG3 5LE.

If you would like more information on the role before submitting an application, you may contact Rita Mercer or 07807 116 141.

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