Water of Leith Project Officer

Water of Leith Conservation Trust

£20,000 pa

Paid • Full Time • Fixed Term Contract

www.waterofleith.org.uk admin@waterofleith.org.uk 01314557367 Helen Brown

Sectors: conservation & wildlife, water & hydrology

Closing date: Monday, 18th November 2019   6 days left

The Water of Leith Conservation Trust is seeking a Project Officer. The main focus of the post will be to deliver the outputs of the funded ‘Community and Wildlife Project’ (see below) and, as part of a small staff team, you will also be expected to assist with other areas of the Trust’s work including; group visits, education and staffing of the Visitor Centre.

This role will be based at the Water of Leith Visitor Centre, in Slateford, Edinburgh. A four star visitor attraction which welcomes around 17,000 visitors and 150 visiting groups and schools annually. Our volunteer programmes deliver over 200 river clean-ups and conservation tasks annually along the length of the Water of Leith.

We are looking for a suitably qualified, enthusiastic person, with experience of leading conservation tasks, outdoor learning activities and community engagement events.

Salary: £20,000, plus a 3% pension contribution

The position is full time, 5 days per week for a fixed term of 27 months (two years and 3 month) with a possibility of extension subject to funding. The post will commence on 6th January 2020 and run until 31st March 2022. Workdays will be Monday to Friday 9.30 to 5.00 (37.5 hours) with work one Sunday in three on rotation with other staff (taking the preceding Friday off). Additional evening and weekend work maybe required for which time off in lieu will be arranged.

Applicants should have; A good general knowledge of urban conservation and river systems. Degree or relevant qualification. Excellent communication skills. Experience in leading practical conservation tasks and outdoor learning activities is essential. Knowledge of plant identification and invasive species control desirable. Driving License essential. First Aid desirable.

Please apply with a CV and covering letter detailing your experience relevant to this position. The closing date for applications is 4.00pm Monday 18th November and interviews will be held on Thursday 5th December. We hope the successful applicant will be available to start by 6th January 2020.

Email admin@waterofleith.org.uk or call 0131 455 7367 for a more detailed job description. The Water of Leith Conservation Trust (WofLCT) works to conserve and enhance Edinburgh’s river for more information about our work visit www.waterofleith.org.uk

Community and Wildlife Project Outcomes

  • Deliver 40 weekly Hit Squad Conservation tasks
  • Support 8 Youth Placements and 4 Youth Partnerships Projects
  • Maintain/improve 5 Biodiversity Boost Sites along the river
  • Deliver 20 INNS tasks and take a lead on the ‘Balsam Blitz’
  • Assist with the delivery of 2 Citizen Science projects and wildlife surveys

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