Part-Time Project Officer (Growing Confidence Project)

Field Studies Council

Shrewsbury, Shropshire
£7,678 - £8,762 pa (FTE £19,197 - £21,906 pa)

Paid • Part Time • Fixed Term Contract

Sectors: environmental education

Closing date: Tuesday, 27th March 2018   4 days left

Part-Time Project Officer (Growing Confidence Project) at FSC Preston Montford, Shrewsbury - This is a fixed term post due to end on 31st July 2021

Thank you for your interest in this role with the Field Studies Council. FSC is one of four partners who together are delivering Growing Confidence (GC) in Shropshire. The project aims to grow the confidence of young people aged 11-25 yrs to engage with their local environment, progressing their knowledge and skills to a level that meets their abilities and expectations. This is being achieved through developing their skills and knowledge and presenting opportunities which open up new ideas and aspirations. By taking part in the project over 1000 young people will gain confidence to create change in their local environment.

The project partners are Shropshire Wildlife Trust (SWT), Fordhall Community Land Initiative (FCLI), Field Studies Council (FSC) and The Plunkett Foundation (PF). Each organisation has a unique role to play and the project has a clear Shropshire focus. These partners want the ethos of social enterprise to permeate the whole programme and try to ensure every young person has the opportunity to learn about social enterprise and how it might be a career option. Building wider awareness of environmental careers is also integral to the project. This project recognises the strengths of each of the partner organisations and in addition to supporting and developing young people the project aims to strengthen each organisations offer to young people for the future. This means building strong and sustainable systems to keep young people’s needs at the heart of each organisation.

Job Title: Project Officer (Growing Confidence Project)
Based at: FSC Preston Montford
Reports to: Head of Centre
There is no line management responsibility associated with this post

Overall Job purpose:

As one of the project partners, FSC delivers specialist training for young people and focuses on deepening knowledge and understanding about the environment. Training is delivered using a variety of formal and informal methods in both day and residential settings but always follows the FSC mission of ‘inspiration through first hand experience’. Training content is evolving over the course of the project as the needs and preferences of the young people are identified. FSC is building upon its current provision for young people (beyond curriculum based school and higher education experiences). This includes securing the future for the elite Young Darwin scheme, widening the FSC offer of residential Science Camps and developing a suite of more general natural history courses specifically for 16-24 yr olds. Opportunities are available to all although some will specifically target young people resident in the GC project area. Extending these opportunities to a regional audience has opened up the project beyond Shropshire. FSC also works with project partners and local businesses to introduce young people to volunteering and career paths in the environmental sector.

Key responsibilities will include some or all of the following:

  • Designing, managing and contributing to a programme of courses for young people leading to increased knowledge and understanding of the local environment.
  • Coordinating the delivery of day courses and residential courses for young people, in response to the needs of the young people and the project outcomes. The majority of courses will be delivered by technical experts but where appropriate skills are in place the PO can deliver course elements directly.
  • Promoting the FSC opportunities to young people within Shropshire and further afield and working closely with the GC project to recruit course participants.
  • Developing wider FSC initiatives to sustain and extend GC participation beyond the funded project period eg Young Darwin Scheme, Science Camps, general Natural History courses for young people.
  • Building systems to help FSC maintain contact with young people as they move through education into the world of work.
  • Working closely with GC project partners to establish work placements within partner organisations and further afield and to listen to the needs of employers regarding the skill sets and knowledge bases they require.
  • Supporting GC through cooperative working, young people referrals, active involvement in project evaluation and reflection throughout the project.


  • Due to the nature of this job it is essential that the post holder is able to drive. To drive FSC vehicles you will need to be 21 years or over, have a full valid driving licence, to have been driving for at least two years, and undertake an internal assessment on commencement in the role
  • Complying with all relevant legislation / FSC Operating Codes of Practice (OCoPs) / FSC Health and Safety Handbook and FSC procedures
  • Delivering a high standard of customer service and customer care
  • Ensuring the highest standards of quality are achieved in all duties carried out
  • Working closely with other staff to ensure that appropriate levels of service are maintained during absences and periods of high workload
  • Maintaining professional standards at all times in accordance with FSC policies
  • Fulfilling your obligations under FSC’s Behaviour Partnership to ensure a happy, productive working environment
  • Attending staff meetings as well as FSC internal and external training as required, in order to share best practice and improve team and learning location performance, and participating fully in staff development activities (sometimes this may involve travel to other learning locations with the occasional overnight stay)

Key Expectations:

The expectations of every employee that we regard as essential include:

  • A positive and passionate work attitude
  • A desire to show pride in all aspects of their work
  • A flexible approach with a willingness to adapt to changes
  • An ability to work using your own initiative both independently and as a competent, effective team member
  • An ability to work under pressure and prioritise work to meet tight deadlines
  • Always treating others with courtesy, dignity and respect
  • A commitment and contribution to improving FSC’s environmental performance
  • A committed and proactive approach to personal development; motivated to learn new skills and overcome new challenges

How to apply:

To apply for this position please complete in full and submit the online application form via this link - 

You must ensure that your application includes examples of how you have demonstrated skills, knowledge and experience in meeting the requirements of the post detailed in both the job description and person specification.

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Please note we do not accept CV’s without a completed application.

The closing date for receipt of your completed application is 12 noon on Tuesday 27th March 2018

Interviews are scheduled to take place at Preston Montford Field Centre in the week commencing 9th April 2018

If you have any queries regarding this vacancy please call Adrian Pickles on 01743 852040. We look forward to receiving your application in due course.

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