Education and Engagement Officer

Westcountry Rivers Trust

Home-based, South West
£22,100 - £24,900 (dependent on experience)

Paid • Full Time • Fixed Term Contract

www.wrt.org.uk

Sectors: environmental education, water & hydrology

Closing date: Sunday, 20th June 2021   7 days left


This is initially a 12-month fixed-term contract due to the nature of the funding.
£22,100 to £24,900 (dependent on experience) plus benefits including 8% pension

To apply: Apply here attaching a CV and Covering Letter. For further information see www.wrt.org.uk or for queries about the role please contact [email protected].

Submission by: midnight Sunday 20th June 2021.

The Westcountry Rivers Trust is an environmental charity that works across the South West to improve our rivers for the benefit of all. We work with EU grants, Water Company funded initiatives, government funding and charitable grants to deliver change both in our rivers and on the land that they drain.

Westcountry Rivers Trust brings together stakeholder and interest groups in catchments across the South West to develop and deliver catchment action plans that will bring meaningful and lasting benefits for people and the environment. Education and engagement are two of the most important activities we deliver. We have a substantial history of successfully developing and delivering a program of school activities that meet the needs of teachers, learners and the national curriculum, as well as engaging with communities and businesses across the region, highlighting rivers as a key habitat and landscape feature that are central in building the climate resilient landscapes and communities of the future.

JOB DESCRIPTION

The Westcountry Rivers Trust is seeking an Education & Engagement Officer to lead an exciting and diverse range of engagement and education activities for people of all ages and backgrounds, including formal learning activities for school and college pupils.

Community work will include a wide range of activities such as workshops and pop-up river engagement events, as well as engaging with local businesses to help them improve their environmental and social sustainability. Working with and supported by the Senior Education Officer, the successful candidate will lead the design and delivery of community engagement and education activities across a range of Trust projects, including the Preventing Plastic Pollution Project, the Plymouth River Keepers Project and our citizen science program, Westcountry CSI.

Engagement activities in the wider community forms the bedrock of everything we do, with activities in recent years including farmer workshops, community consultation workshops, pop-up events and guided walks, litter picks, art & digital media projects, a river festival and the development of our citizen science program, Westcountry CSI. We are looking to recruit an Education & Engagement Officer who is passionate about the natural environment and who is a confident and clear communicator, ideally with experience in directly delivering environmental education & engagement activities both in and out of education settings. This role will be supported and mentored by the Senior Education Officer, as well as colleagues across the Trust including the Evidence & Engagement Team Manager and the Comms & Marketing Team.

Person Specification

Leading on delivery of our work with schools in priority locations across the South West, the successful candidate will deliver our education programme, using feedback and evaluation techniques to ensure we continue to improve and develop what we offer. We are looking for a self-starter who can hit the ground running in a dynamic work environment. The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate that they are exceptionally self-motivated and are passionate about improving the environment through environmental education. They will be a good communicator, able to demonstrate the successful delivery of projects, ideally with a background in education and/or the environment sector. This role will require travel to school and community events across the region.

Essential

  • A degree, qualification or comparable education or experience in Education or Environmental Science/Ecology/Geography or related discipline
  • Experience of producing high quality and engaging educational materials
  • Experience in delivering community education and engagement projects
  • Ability to manage work load and time effectively
  • Excellent presentation skills and communication skills for a wide range of audiences, including school children and teachers, as well as community interest groups
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, both face-to-face and in online meetings
  • Excellent organisational and admin skills, with good attention to detail in order to maintain a filing system, keep appropriate records of work undertaken and outcomes, and file expenses in line with funders requirements
  • Good IT skills including Microsoft Office 365
  • Good knowledge of requirements for data protection and confidentiality
  • A thorough understanding of safeguarding and child protection, including current legislation
  • Ability to work flexibly, including occasional evenings and weekends

Desirable

  • Knowledge and experience of environmental issues preferably river conservation
  • Knowledge of the rivers and catchments across the South West and how river catchments functions
  • A good understanding of relevant areas of the current National Curriculum.

The successful candidate will be required to undertake an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

Westcountry Rivers Trust’s office is in Stoke Climsland in East Cornwall. Due to current Covid-19 restrictions, this post will initially be predominantly home-based, with travel required across the region for school visits and engagement events (Cornwall, Devon, Somerset and West Dorset). As Covid-19 restrictions are lifted, there will be a requirement to attend regular meetings and workshops at our head office.