Parks Project Officer x2

Enable Leisure & Culture

Battersea Park, London
£19,279 actual salary (FTE £32,133)

Paid • Part Time • Fixed Term Contract

Sectors: conservation & wildlife, food, farming & horticulture

Closing date: Sunday, 07 January 2018

Parks Project Officer (2 posts)
Fixed term contract 18 months
Hours: 24 hours per week
Salary: EnSO2 £32,133 pro rata (£19,279 actual salary)
Location: Battersea Park

You will be a key part of the Parks Development Team working alongside colleagues who specialise in horticulture and infrastructure, participation & communications, engagement and fundraising and playground development. Your role will be to assist them to deliver capital improvements across greenspaces and playgrounds. You will work to ensure we understand the specific demands of all our users at agreed locations and provide a sympathetic and functional response to these needs. We are looking for team players who have strong self-motivation and the ability to work on personal initiative as well as in constructive collaboration with colleagues. You will have experience in communication and consultations, particularly with families and children, and / or managing capital delivery projects using local authority procurement processes. We have funding to deliver lasting improvements to parks and playgrounds and want your help to do this in a beautiful and responsive way.

The role is for 24 hours a week based primarily in the Parks Office in Battersea Park. You will be expected to travel around Wandsworth to visit sites and meet stakeholders on a regular basis.

Or for an informal discussion contact Valerie Selby, Parks Development & Biodiversity Manager, 020 8871 7019 (Mon, Tues, and Thurs).

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Closing date for applications: Sunday 7 January 2018
Interviews: w/k 29 January 2018

If you do not hear from us within two weeks of the closing date, please presume your application was unsuccessful on this occasion.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Strictly No agencies and CVs are accepted


  • Accountable to the Executive Director (Parks & Leisure) for the delivery of capital improvement projects across parks, commons and greenspaces in line agreed funding and contractual specifications.

Responsible to the Parks Development and Biodiversity Manager for:

  • Working with colleagues to carry out consultation exercises on capital projects to provide an evidence base for final project solutions and to determine public preferences. This may include consultation exercises, attending meetings, organising events, giving presentations and sustained collaborative support.
  • For areas of high profile capital planting projects, ensure a high standard of horticultural specification, ensure areas are adequately and appropriately installed and that mechanisms are in place for maintenance for the first 1-5 years after creation.
  • Assisting the Parks Engagement and Fundraising Officer with the submission of regular reports on the progress of capital project delivery and providing financial returns as required by funding bodies.
  • Individually, and in conjunction with key colleagues be responsible for procurement of capital improvements to ensure that they are implemented on time and within budget. This may include using CAD systems to provide indicative and illustrative designs, writing design & tender briefs, project management, commissioning post installation inspections and any necessary ongoing liaison with colleagues and community groups.
  • Assisting colleagues with responding to enquiries from all users, providing up-to-date and relevant on-site and web-based information, and liaising with colleagues to minimise disruption and closures to greenspaces.
  • To work as part of the Parks Development Team, to ensure activities are integrated; to provide cover and support for colleagues; to support volunteers and to attend meetings (both internal and external) as required directed by the Parks Development and Biodiversity Manager.
  • To carry out any other duties commensurate with the role.


You must be able to demonstrate the following:

  1. Educated to degree level (or equivalent qualification) or appropriate experience in a directly related post.
  2. Proven experience in organising, and managing consultation exercises with a range of stakeholders, in particular families; and the effective analysis of consultation responses to inform decision making
  3. Excellent project management skills coordinating and delivering landscape and infrastructure improvement projects (including playgrounds) (each c £250,000 value) concurrently.
  4. Experience in ensuring that contract requirements are complied with and works undertaken to specification/appropriate standards either through project lead organisations or directly with contractors as appropriate
  5. Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to build working relationships with a diverse range of partners, meet the needs of different audiences, and to give constructive feedback.
  6. Proven ability of excellent writing and presentation skills including preparation of promotional materials, project development briefs and progress reports including budgetary information
  7. Experience of working in parks, play or landscape management environment within a local authority context.
  8. The ability to work independently using your own initiative and prioritise effectively whilst at the same time working collaboratively as part of a team on common goals and shared projects to ensure the work programme is delivered effectively and to time.
  9. Be able to travel regularly as the work requires and able to work occasional additional early morning, evening and weekend hours for which time off in lieu will be given.

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