Senior Community Organiser / Uwch Drefnydd Cymunedol

Gwent Wildlife Trust

Newport, South Wales
£25,772 - £27,496 pa

Paid • Full Time • Fixed Term Contract

Sectors: conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Friday, 20th May 2022   3 days left

This post has received funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Sitting within the Nature Based Solutions Team, the Senior Community Organiser will be responsible for the day to day management of GWT’s successful delivery of the Nextdoor Nature Project.

Nextdoor Nature will see thousands of people across the UK empowered to lead action for wildlife within their communities, reclaiming and creating new green spaces for nature in rural and urban places on their doorstep. Nextdoor Nature builds on learnings taken from the Wildlife Trusts’ ‘#TeamWilder’ approach.

#TeamWilder represents a transformational shift in approach across the Wildlife Trust movement as we evolve from a traditional engagement model to a community organising approach. Through #TeamWilder we will build a network of community members who we will empower to take action to achieve common goals, develop leadership skills and form relationships with other community members. We will help increase the knowledge and skills of individuals and enable them to initiate and take the lead on climate and nature-based activities in their area.

In celebration of Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee, a partnership with the National Lottery Heritage Fund called Nextdoor Nature will enable us to take a significant step forward in the development of the #TeamWilder approach.

We will inspire and empower the UK’s most economically and nature deprived communities, helping them identify new places for nature that are important to them. We will also enable communities to reclaim and create new green spaces for nature in both rural and urban areas.

Who we are

For almost 60 years, Gwent Wildlife Trust have been the leading conservation charity in Gwent, protecting wildlife and our natural environment, working to educate and empower people to understand and care about the natural world wherever they live, and influencing governments and others to make our corner of Wales a better place, richer in wildlife and more enjoyable for all.

We own and manage over 33 nature reserves covering 449Ha, have around 7,500 members and 230 volunteers, and have local groups that run events and engage with local members.

We are part of The Wildlife Trusts, a grassroots movement of 46 individual charities, 870,000 members, 38,000 volunteers and 2,800 staff spread across the UK. Together we care for nearly 100,000 hectares of land and have an unmatched presence on the ground helping to bring millions of people closer to nature every year.

We’re facing multiple challenges; a climate and ecological emergency, and people in low-income areas having unequal access to nature and the wellbeing benefits it brings. It is crucial that we respond to these challenges within the next 10 years if we are to reverse the loss of wildlife, prevent climate catastrophe and help ensure everyone has access to nature on their doorstep. A strong ambassadorial network will help us to spread the word and inspire people about our work restoring nature, locking up carbon, creating resilient habitats and ensuring fairer access to the natural world.

Alongside the Head of Nature Based Solutions the role will work to embed a community organising approach in Gwent, specifically delivering the Nextdoor Nature project to trial this new way of working.

Other members of the Nature Based Solutions Team include two Wild Health Officers working on the Wild Health Project, and three Youth Engagement Officers working on the youth led climate action project, Stand for Nature Wales. The Senior Community Organiser will join a well-established, high performing team with a long track record of and experience in engagement delivery to all ages.

About you

You are someone who is highly personable, passionate and organised. You are equally comfortable building relationships in communities as you are engaging with local politicians. You are committed to supporting community powered change and facilitating local people to empower themselves to act for nature.

We are looking for someone who is willing to take responsibility and show courage and integrity. If you feel this is the role for you then we look forward to hearing from you.

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