Nature & Communities Project Lead

Coldharbour Mill Trust

Uffculme, Devon
£46,000 - £65,000 pa pro rata

Paid • Part Time • Fixed Term Contract

Sectors: conservation & wildlife, environmental education, water & hydrology

Closing date: Monday, 11th July 2022  

Planning and delivery of our Rural Skills Training Programme, the development of Coldharbour Mill’s outdoor spaces, wildlife and waterways.

Can be offered as Initial 12-month contract or on a consultancy basis. 2 days a week onsite (Thursdays and one other weekday). UP TO £250 per day (inc. VAT & Travel Costs). Possibility of extension subject to further funding

This project is currently funded by Devon County Council’s Natural Capital Challenge Fund.

Project brief:

Creating a positive impact.

We are looking for a Project Lead who will plan and deliver our Rural Skills Training Programme, develop of Coldharbour Mill’s outdoor spaces including our wildlife and waterways.

This project aims to place the environment at the core of our work and will develop Coldharbour Mill’s outdoor spaces for the betterment of our visitors, community and the environment. The overarching project will see our outdoor spaces become amenities for the community as well as offsetting our carbon footprint and restoring the balance between industry and the natural environment.

This project will develop wildlife, creating habitat and sustaining the freshwater ecosystem though management of the land and waterways. We will strive to include initiatives which develop our wildlife portfolio further and will include elements of surveying and documenting improvements which can involve participation for visitors and the community.

Waterways are a large part of the project work and this includes restoring our Mill Pond, re- instating heritage sluice gates and maintaining the flow of water though the Mill Site through a maintenance programme. This, and all other elements of the project will also include gaining permissions and knowledge from external parties such as Environment Agency, Local and County

Council, local wildlife trusts and other local groups. The planning of all waterways work will include considering flood risk and the impact on surrounding wildlife and again liaising with other parties as necessary to proceed with works.

A key feature of this project will be to manage the creation of an Industrial Sculpture trail within the Wildlife Meadow. This part of the project will commission artists to create works which spark conversations about industrial impact on the natural environment. Using Industrial machinery, the artists will devise sculptures which explore this impact and create points of interest around the space for visitors to enjoy.

The project must create opportunities for a diverse range of participants to get involved, allowing them to learn new skills, socialise and explore their passion for nature and countryside skills. The programme of education and training must enable all participants to develop their skills, gain confidence and encourage continued volunteering with Coldharbour Mill. This area of the project will also include developing strategies for increasing participation within this area and then maintaining the volunteers and participants to keep them engaged. Part of this project will include securing funding to enable resources and delivery of the works.

Some key outcomes for the project:

  • A range of participatory events, activities and initiatives, as well as increased participation from schools, special interest groups
  • Management of our Rural Skills Training Programme.
  • Strengthening of partnerships with other organisations such as wildlife trusts and environment agency to support the ongoing project
  • Increased awareness of the project and Coldharbour Mill
  • An increased, dedicated volunteer team with the resources and support to increase the productivity of project tasks
  • Progression towards Coldharbour Mill’s aim of Carbon Neutrality by 2030
  • Development of the UK’s first outdoor industrial sculpture trail
  • Supporting Staff, Apprentices, Work Experience & Skills Acquisition Volunteers

Candidates must have:

  • Relevant experience of delivering a similar size project
  • Sufficient capacity to deliver the project
  • Ability to work within the timescales of the project


Please provide a Covering Letter outlining your approach to this tender by setting out:

  • Why you are interested in this piece of work
  • Previous experience of delivering similar projects
  • Your suggested approach to this piece of work
  • Details of two people we can contact for a reference
  • Successful Grant Applications
  • Contract Day Rate

See Full Project Brief and Person Specification HERE.

Submission documents should be emailed to: [email protected] no later than 5pm on 11th July 2022

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