Lower Windrush Valley Project Officer

Oxfordshire County Council

Working from home, Kidlington and Lower Windrush Valley, Oxfordshire
£28,226 - £30,984 pa

Paid • Full Time • Fixed Term Contract

Sectors: conservation & wildlife, water & hydrology

Closing date: Sunday, 22nd May 2022   2 days left

Lower Windrush Valley Project Officer OCC521397

£28,226 - £30,984 per annum

Work location: This is an agile role and you will be able to take advantage of working at Ron Groves House in Kidlington and home working, as well as spending time at locations in the Lower Windrush Valley

37 Hours per week: open to discussions about flexible working

Contract type: Temporary (Maternity Cover) until the end of May 2023

About us

The Lower Windrush Valley Project (LWVP) is seeking a Project Officer to provide maternity cover for the current Project Manager.

The LWVP is a well-established project to improve landscape, biodiversity and public access in the Lower Windrush Valley in West Oxfordshire.

About the role

The role of the Project Officer is to provide support within an allocated area of work, to ensure a high quality service that delivers value for money and is in line with legislative requirements and the council's policies and practices.

The specific duties of the LWVP Project Officer will be to:

  • Oversee day to day management of Standlake Common and Rushy Common nature reserves in partnership with the landowners.
  • Coordinate the engagement of volunteers including both regular working groups and site wardens. Take responsibility for supervision and the health and safety of volunteers on a range of practical tasks.
  • Plan and implement biodiversity and public access projects in the Lower Windrush Valley, including fundraising for these projects.
  • Manage communications with stakeholders, partners and the general public, including updating website pages, social media, leaflets and press releases and organising an annual forum meeting.
  • Prepare reports as required for steering and working groups, grant providers and other partners where appropriate and attend meetings to discuss project activity.
  • Administer the LWVP finances in line with OCC financial procedures.

About you

We are looking for an individual who can bring relevant experience of working in the environmental sector, with good organisational skills, the ability to manage their time effectively and work with a high degree of independence. Good interpersonal skills are vital. The Project Officer should be able to undertake basic practical conservation activities and ideally have experience of working with volunteers on conservation and administrative tasks. A full role profile / specification is available to download.

Rewards and benefits

It really is true that every single job role here contributes to bettering the lives of the people in our county - we want to do this for our employees too. We are proud of our strong flexible working culture, including the opportunity for flexibility on working hours and the use of technology to support agile working. We offer some of the best learning and development opportunities to support your ongoing development.

We have a generous holiday allowance which rises as you remain in employment with us up to 32 days, as well as giving you the option to buy additional holiday. You will also have access to a Local Government Pension Scheme with employer contributions of up to 19.9% of your salary; a range of local and national retail discounts; and a host of enhanced family friendly policies including carers leave and paid time off for volunteering.

Would you like to know more?

For an informal discussion about the role, please contact Lucy Kennery, Lower Windrush Valley Project Manager on [email protected]

Application Procedure

To apply, please complete an online application form by clicking Apply Now on our website. This includes a section asking you to explain how you meet the selection criteria, as specified in the job posting. You may attach a cover letter and/or CV to your application form, however it is not mandatory.

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Closing date: Sunday 22nd May 2022.

Interview date: Thursday 16th June 2022.

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Our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion

At Oxfordshire County Council we are proud of our diverse workforce. Everyone is accepted for who they are, regardless of age, disability, gender identity, marital status, race, faith or belief, sexual orientation, socioeconomic background, and whether you’re pregnant or on family leave. We have a number of staff network groups which provide peer support and safe spaces for staff.

Our commitment to safeguarding

Our Organisation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. We expect all employees, workers and volunteers to share this commitment.

We will ensure that all our recruitment and selection practices reflect these commitments.

Guaranteed interviews

As a Disability Confident employer we guarantee an interview for disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the job. We also guarantee interviews to care leavers who have completed further education and who meet the essential criteria for the job. For those leaving care without any further education we guarantee an interview for our apprenticeships. We are also committed to helping and supporting those transitioning from HM Armed Forces to civilian life and guarantee an interview for those demonstrating the essential criteria for the role, within three years of leaving the service.

We are open to discussions about flexible working.

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