Conservation Project Officer


Hastings, East Sussex
£17,500 pa FTE (£14,000 pro-rata)

Paid • Part Time • Permanent

Sectors: conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Thursday, 28th October 2021   2 days left

28 hours per week, to include weekend and evening work.

The Conservation Volunteers – The Community Volunteering Charity

Every day TCV works across the UK to create healthier and happier communities for everyone - communities where our activities have a lasting impact on people’s health, prospects and outdoor places.

About the role:

Based at the TCV office in Hastings, but working throughout East Sussex and occasionally beyond, this exciting role supports TCV in enabling people and communities to improve their health, prospects and outdoor places. We have an outstanding track record of delivering conservation, community and health projects across Sussex and we want to build on this whilst continuing to meet the needs of our diverse communities, existing and potential partners and becoming a beacon of best practice for us nationally.

This role, working 28 hours per week, is focused on delivering an outstanding volunteering experience for our participants across East Sussex. You will be a strong team player with a can-do approach, bringing creativity and innovation to the team.

The post holder will support the Operations Leader in delivering the TCV Strategic Plan including business development and fundraising.

The post holder’s role will include:

  • Leading the East Sussex Bio-diversity Action Team, and ensure participants receive an excellent volunteering experience.
  • Developing and planning weekly paid practical project work through liaising with partners and land managers
  • Marketing to enable success and significantly raise our profile in the vicinity.
  • Recruiting and developing Volunteer Officers to support the project.
  • Supporting the Operations Leader in delivering TCV’s Strategic Plan including business development and fundraising.

Experience required:

  • Co-ordinating volunteers.
  • Planning and leading practical conservation projects.
  • Working with partner organisations to deliver community projects.
  • Working with community groups.
  • Knowledge of practical conservation skills and countryside management. It would be a bonus to have horticultural skills and knowledge.
  • The ability to communicate effectively with people with varying abilities and levels of influence.

The Conservation Volunteers supports a flexible approach to determining the actual days and hours worked by the post holder, although they will be expected to remain flexible with their workdays, as delivery times may vary from week to week and will include some weekend and evening work.

The successful candidate will have previous experience of working with volunteers and community groups. Knowledge of practical conservation skills and countryside management issues. Our projects work with volunteers and people with a wide variety of ages, abilities and backgrounds. The successful candidate is likely to have experience of working with many sectors of the community delivering diverse activities.

The post holder will work as part of The Conservation Volunteers team which runs the TCV Hastings office and delivers outreach work across Sussex. We are a small team of staff & volunteers, supporting each other on all areas of work.

A full driving licence (for a manual transmission vehicle) is essential, (which has been held for a minimum of one year), as the post holder will have to drive the 9-seater minibus to transport the volunteers to tasks.

This post is subject to an DBS check.

A bit more about us:

We recognise that each community and the people living there have different needs. Whether improving wellbeing, conserving a well-loved outdoor space or bringing people together to promote social cohesion and combat loneliness, TCV works together with communities to deliver practical solutions to the real-life challenges they face.

For over 60 years we have adapted our work with volunteers to reflect the changing needs of communities in the UK and, by giving people a sense of purpose and belonging, we have empowered them to take control of their lives and outdoor spaces for the benefit of all.

Whilst our activities vary, our inclusive approach has remained consistent; bringing people and places together to create happy, healthy and connected communities for everyone.

Join in, Feel good.

For further information and to apply, please visit

Closing date for completed applications: 23:59 on 28/10/21

Interview date: 02/11/21 via TEAMS

Return completed application form to Tim Hills [email protected]