Engagement Officer

The National Trust

Minehead, Somerset
£27,191 pa

Paid • Full Time • Fixed Term Contract

Reference: IRC73761

Sectors: conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Sunday, 3rd March 2019  


Are you passionate about working with communities to make a sustainable impact for people and nature? This is a rare opportunity to be part of one of the Trust’s biggest projects, working with partner agencies and very closely with local communities.

We're looking for an inspirational Engagement Officer to lead local engagement as part of an exciting national river based programme.

What it's like to work here

The Porlock Vale Streams Catchment (52km²) includes the River Aller, Horner Water and Hawcombe Stream. It lies in the north-east corner of Exmoor National Park and has a combined river length of 44km. The Hawcombe and Horner streams rise on the high upland moors at above 500 mAOD and include rapid response steep wooded gullies, with combes further downstream with very confined floodplains before flowing through woodland, grassland and arable farmland towards low lying areas in the Vale. The Aller catchment is the lowest and encompasses a range of woodland, grassland and arable land uses, along with a wide floodplain that has been actively managed in the past as water meadows. All three streams flow northwards, entering the Bristol Channel at Porlock Bay and most of the catchment is a SSSI, SAC and NNR. The area also includes a high concentration of nationally important archaeological features and has an important industrial history with extensive evidence of charcoal, tannery, water mill and iron-smelting operations over many centuries.

An exciting opportunity exists to engage more people with the landscape and you will act as the champion for this project, working closely with the property and consultancy teams. You will help to integrate the project into property programming, working as part of a small project team alongside local/regional stakeholders and the wider Porlock community. The estate is part of a wider rural community with unique culture and tradition. The ability to engage a diverse range of actors, from local farmers to visitors and young people, will be key to success in the role.

You will be based at the Holnicote Estate Office. Flexibility is crucial as the role will require local travel and involve some evening and weekend working. Working from home at times will be possible. Having your own transport will be crucial. The role is 5 days a week and is initially a 2 year fixed term contract.

What you'll be doing

This is a fantastic opportunity to inspire and work with the public to access, connect and play an active part in these valuable local landscapes. It is about inspiring people with the benefits of local rivers and surrounding habitats and realising the part we all can play in securing a healthy future for rivers and for people.

This role is about having an impact and leaving a legacy. You’ll be working closely with the various local property teams and a range of stakeholders and partners to develop, deliver and embed an approach to public engagement across a specific location.

You will be building relationships with local people, co-ordinating activities and identifying innovative ways for people to access, experience and participate over the next few years. You'll also be responsible for developing volunteering across the catchment, as well as leading on access, interpretation and evaluation.

Key to success in the role will be an understanding of the rural local community and in particular working with local stakeholders, including tenant farmers, to develop project outcomes that deliver for the local community and environment. You will ensure that our work is relevant to under-represented audiences. Everyone should feel welcome!

Who we're looking for

A passionate and experienced set of individuals who will bring-

  • Great experience of setting up partnerships and building relationships with different communities
  • Experience of creating opportunities and programmes to engage the public in natural or historical landscapes. Knowledge of the rural/natural environment is not essential, but a good understanding of current themes and context in the rural landscapes would be a key benefit in delivering the role.
  • An awareness and empathy of different audience needs and motivations – in particular rural communities
  • An openness to new ideas and putting participation into practice – collaborating with people and sharing decisions as equal partners
  • A commitment to access, diversity and inclusion - we are looking to engage with isolated and disengaged groups in the catchment and it is important the post holder is experienced in developing relationships with a variety of stakeholders
  • An excellent communicator and team player
  • A can do approach, with experiencing of evaluation and an eye on the long term impact and legacy

The package


Read more about the benefits we offer to support you here

Benefits include flexible working whenever possible plus free parking at most locations. You’ll be entitled to discounts in high street stores and cinemas, National Trust shops and NT cafes, and have free entry to NT properties for you, a guest and your children (under 18).

Your health and wellbeing is important to us and is supported through generous annual leave and the option to buy additional days (minimum contract length applies), a cycle to work scheme, subsidised health cash plan and confidential access to a free support service 24 hours a day should you need it.

Your future financial health is helped by an employer matched - up to 10% of basic salary - contributory pension scheme and you can further your career with training and development tailored to you.

All of this and the opportunity to give something back to your community with up to 5 days of paid volunteering per year!

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Closing date: 03 March 2019

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