SfYP People & Wildlife Officer - Go Wild

Hertfordshire County Council

Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire
£25,481 pa (pro rata for part-time)

Paid • Full or Part Time • Fixed Term Contract

Sectors: environmental education, conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Sunday, 3rd July 2022   6 days left


Job Number: HCC19392
Location: Hudnall Park, Hemel Hempstead
Directorate: Education and Services for Young People
Salary Range: £25,481 per annum (pro rata for part-time)
Contract Type: Fixed Term until 31st May 2024
Full Time/Part Time: Full time/Part time
Closing date: 3 July 2022.
Diversity: We are an inclusive employer and value a diverse workforce

Are you interested in working with young people to develop and deliver engaging nature-based experiences that support participants’ emotional wellbeing and facilitate practical conservation opportunities?

Services for Young People, in partnership with the Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust, has been delivering a fantastic project ‘Go Wild at Hudnall’ over the last 18 months, which is funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund.

The project offers free nature-based emotional wellbeing activities and forest school sessions for children, young people and families in a beautiful natural setting. The focus is on developing young people’s emotional wellbeing, resilience and self-confidence, as well as nurturing a connection to their natural environment through experiencing and learning about wildlife species, habitats and conservation.

We particularly want to reach disadvantaged groups (e.g. BAMER communities, looked after children, care leavers, young people with learning disabilities and difficulties, living with mental health issues, young carers, in the youth justice system etc.). The age range is mainly 11-17 (up to 25 with disabilities, or 21 for care leavers). Some activities will be family-focused and tailored for primary aged or pre-school children.

Hudnall Park is a magical place set in 85 acres of beautiful woodland and grasslands on the edge of the Chiltern Hills in Dacorum. It provides a range of key wildlife habitats in a self-contained and safe setting, including woodland, grassland, pond and hedgerows. The project will also be improving these valuable, threatened habitats, through practical landscape management.

You will have a qualification and/or relevant experience in UK species and habitat management and environmental education/forest school/emotional wellbeing delivery. You will also have relevant training and skills for managing habitats for wildlife and experience of planning and delivering nature-based activities and practical conservation tasks with young people.

You will be responsible for planning and delivering the above activities for young people accessing the project. As part of your role, you will create and prepare wildlife and habitat resources and interpretation for a range of activities and carry out ongoing practical tasks to improve, develop and maintain habitats, in line with the landscape and ecology management plan.

We are looking for people with a keen interest or experience in the benefits of being in nature for emotional wellbeing and mental health.

Application Information

For an informal discussion and more information please contact Leanne Clayton on 01992 588229 or email [email protected] 

Benefits of Working for HCC:

  • Flexible Working Arrangements (depending on the role)
  • Excellent Career Development
  • Salary Exchange for Additional Benefits
  • Excellent Pension Scheme with Employer Contributions
  • Shopping Discounts
  • Support Groups & Wellbeing Schemes

How to Apply: 

Please follow the apply link at the bottom of the page. As part of the application you will be required to upload your most recent CV ensuring gaps in employment have been addressed and includes your current, or most recent, employer. You are also asked to provide a supporting statement which is your opportunity to evidence how your skills, knowledge and experience match what we are looking for based on the Person Specification area of the attached Job Outline. If you do not supply a supporting statement, your application will be rejected.

Important Note re Interviews: Where we are able to, and in accordance with current COVID-19 Government guidelines in regard to social distancing, all interviews will be held virtually via Microsoft Teams. Full details on how this will work will be sent to you, should you be shortlisted for an interview.

Safeguarding: Safeguarding children and adults is of utmost importance to Hertfordshire County Council. The Council requires employees to abide by legislation and best practice to enable Hertfordshire to achieve this. This role has been identified as requiring a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check. For more information Click Here

Fixed Term and/or Secondment: This is a Fixed Term or Secondment vacancy. If you work for HCC or any other Local Authority and would like to be considered as a Secondment contract, please ensure you complete the attached Secondment Form as part of your application. If you do not, your application will be considered as a Fixed Term Contract only.

Overseas Applications: We will accept applications from all applicants who already have an established right to work in the UK. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide sponsorships for this post

Additional Information

English Fluency: The ability to converse at ease with members of the public and provide advice in accurate spoken English is essential for the post.

Disability Confident: We are proud to be a Disability Confident employer and guarantee an interview to anyone disclosing a disability whose application meets the minimum criteria for the post.

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