Greenspaces Project Development Officer x3

City of Edinburgh Council

£36,312 - £42,717 pa

Paid • Full Time • Permanent

Sectors: conservation & wildlife, ecology

Closing date: Sunday, 23rd June 2024   4 days left

This is a fantastic opportunity for talented and driven individuals to join our small but growing dedicated and passionate Thriving Greenspaces Team who are focussed on improving Edinburgh's parks and greenspaces for both people and nature.

Within the Parks and Greenspaces service, we are recruiting three new staff to support the delivery our of new ‘Edinburgh 2050 Thriving Greenspaces’ vision and strategy. The work has been undertaken as part of the Thriving Greenspaces project which has been funded by the pioneering National Heritage Lottery Fund and the National Trust ‘Future Park’s Accelerator’ grant programme.

The successful candidates will play an important role in shaping the future of the City’s parks and greenspaces for people and nature, and will be instrumental in realising the ambitions of the citizens of Edinburgh.

These roles will take a lead in delivering a diverse programme of projects, with a focus on the Pentlands Regional Park, Million Tree City and Food Growing, as well as climate adaptation, safety, access, visitor experience and staff development so together we are in a better position to deliver our strategy objectives.

You will need to collaborate with colleagues, partners and communities to deliver these projects, and be able to navigate local authority processes such as procurement, planning applications and committee approval. Experience in developing successful funding bids, project management, delivering greenspace projects and community participation will be essential in this role. You will need drive, energy and focus to manage your workloads while working within tight timelines.

Interviews will be held during the middle of July, with an expected start date of September.

It should be noted that two posts are permanent, and one post is fixed term for two years initially with the possibility of an extension for a further two years.

This is part of an ambitious wider recruitment campaign to increase capacity across the Council in order to support our response to the nature crisis. The Council declared a Nature Emergency in 2023 and are now looking for experienced and motivated individuals to make a positive impact across a range of roles and teams.

The Council offers a salary package which is enhanced by a minimum of 32 days leave per year rising to a maximum of 40 days per year dependent on continuous service, generous employer pension contributions and numerous employee benefits, such as Green Car scheme, Cycle to work, Lifestyle savings and Gym membership as well as a flexible working policy that allows for a hybrid approach.

We're committed to creating a workplace culture where all our people feel valued, included, and able to be their best at work, and we recognise the benefits that a diverse workforce with different values, beliefs, experience, and backgrounds brings to us as an organisation.

Our salary range typically reflects the initial starting salary and annually increases until it reaches the top of the range. For roles in grade 5 or above, annual increments in our contribution zones are dependent on achieving agreed performance goals.

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