Stakeholder Engagement Officer (Connecting the Culm)

Groundwork South

Cullompton, Devon
£24,000 - £26,000 pa FTE

Paid • Part Time • Fixed Term Contract

Reference: 153937_GS_DC05

Sectors: conservation & wildlife, environmental policy & campaigning

Closing date: Sunday, 28th July 2019  

Role: Stakeholder Engagement Officer (known internally as Connecting the Culm - Co-Creation Specialist Project Officer)
Ref: DC05
Operational Area: Devon & Cornwall
Location: Blackdown Hills AONB Office, Cullompton, Devon, EX15
Salary: £24,000 - £26,000 per annum FTE
Hours: 30 hours per week, with the scope to increase hours over time  
Contract Type: Fixed Term until June 2022 with possibility of an extension

A community charity, at Groundwork South, we are changing places, changing lives across the South of England, one green step at a time.

Role Description: 
If you have a passion for the environment, a skill for community building, like a challenge, work at pace and have an interest in adapting to climate change, with the ability to bring together a wide range of individuals and organisations to make things happen – we have the right job for you in the Culm catchment on the border of Devon and Somerset in south west England.

Connecting the Culm’ (CtC) project – a 3-year partnership project led by the Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) that has been developed to tackle significant challenges faced by the River Culm and its catchment. This project is part of the wider EU funded Interreg 2 Seas Co-Adapt project, with allied projects being run in Somerset, the Netherlands, Belgium and France. Co-Adapt aims to demonstrate how communities can come together to implement nature-based solutions to climate-change related issues. This partnership catchment project that has been developed to tackle some existing significant challenges and those posed by climate change for the River Culm and its catchment, between the source in the Blackdown Hills AONB and confluence with the River Exe near Exeter, including a major new Garden Village development.

Over the next 3 years you will use your community development, networking and engagement skills to work closely with a range of organisations, stakeholders, landowners, community groups and volunteers to create lasting monitoring regimes, create avenues for continuous engagement with the river management and co-design nature based solutions alongside communities who will be affected.

Key skills that we are looking for,

  • Proven experience of fantastic engagement and communication skills, to facilitate the creation of a River Watch scheme comprised of volunteers
  • Proven experience of an ability to effectively communicate with a variety of individuals from a range of backgrounds, quickly establishing lasting working relationships 
  • An understanding of co-creation, and demonstrable experience of engaging, building trust, developing relationships, and working with a wide range of stakeholder organisations and groups
  • A skilled presenter capable of giving talks and presentations to a range of groups and organisations
  • An Entrepreneurial Flair: to work with a wide variety of Stakeholders to create a shared vision and drive success.
  • Someone with a strong community focus, to understand the local area and increase understanding of the impacts of climate change and develop shared solutions with local communities
  • Knowledge of conserving and enhancing biodiversity
  • An ability to bring multiple project elements together harmoniously
  • To work at a fast pace, exploring, planning and ensuring financial and sustainable viability

This is a fantastic opportunity to be part of a lasting legacy on the River Culm, one which will shape the future management of the area for many years to come.

In return we offer:

  • 25 days per annum plus English Bank Holidays
  • A contributory pension scheme
  • Scope to continuing development of your professional skills

Full UK driving licence and access to your own vehicle for which you will need to be insured for business use. Employees are able to claim back mileage rates as per our Expenses Policy.

Closing date: 28th July 2019
Interviews: 6th August 2019


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