Job opportunity: Conservation Officer

Conservation Officer

Cymdeithas Eryri Snowdonia Society
Part time – 22.5 hrs (3 days or equivalent)
Fixed term contract, initially 1 year, as part of ongoing practical conservation programme

Salary £17,563 pro rata

BACKGROUND
The Snowdonia Society is a conservation charity which works hard to protect and enhance Snowdonia. The Society carries out practical conservation work, campaigns to protect the National Park’s special qualities and owns the iconic Tŷ Hyll with its lovely wildlife garden and woodland.

The Society runs a major conservation volunteering programme, called Helping Hands. Practical conservation activities include habitat management, woodland management, footpath work, litter clearance and tackling invasive species.

We are recruiting a Conservation Officer to join our team and work alongside existing conservation staff to develop this work. The post-holder will take day-to- day responsibility for a wide range of conservation workdays and training activities and will:
• recruit and manage volunteers
• develop and deliver volunteering opportunities
• develop and deliver training opportunities
• maintain excellent relationships with existing partners and develop new ones

Training activities include our Practical Conservation Skills unit which is accredited by Agored Cymru. The post holder will lead training sessions and workdays for participants and will be responsible for assessment of participants work in the field and in course workbooks. Full training will be given in assessing trainees.

All Snowdonia Society staff are part of a team. They contribute in many ways to the wider work of the charity and to the key task of recruiting of new members and volunteers.
This is a part-time post of 22.5 hours a week. Flexibility in working days will be essential. Weekend work will be required, for which ‘time off in lieu’ will be granted.

PERSON SPECIFICATION

Essential
• Experience of planning and delivering practical conservation workdays
• Experience of administration of practical events including publicity, bookings, translations, Health and Safety records, and risk assessments
• A working knowledge of countryside management and nature conservation.
• Experience of working with and motivating a range of volunteers
• Experience of working in partnership and liaising with other organisations
• Self-motivated and problem solving
• Able to communicate effectively in both Welsh and English
• Competent in using Word, Excel and Powerpoint, updating websites and social media.
• Current driving license, own vehicle and business insurance – work takes place across Snowdonia and hand tools will need to be transported to the worksites. Out of office mileage is reimbursed.
• A passion for conservation and a knowledge of habitats and wildlife in Snowdonia.

Desirable:
• Experience of delivering accredited learning or training
• Experience of fundraising and member recruitment in a not-for-profit organisation

JOB DESCRIPTION
Post: Conservation Officer
Hours of Work: 22.5 hours (3 days) per week
Main Responsibilities:

  • Identify and develop workday opportunities and activities.
    • Co-ordinate with other staff to produce and publicise activity programmes
    • Liaise with partners to ensure smooth running of effective workdays and training.
    • Lead volunteer workdays, including arrangements for equipment, transport, materials, and tools.
    • Assessment of volunteers taking part in accredited training.
    • Carry out woodland management at Tŷ Hyll, working with volunteers and local experts.
    • Support other volunteering opportunities at Tŷ Hyll
    • Maintain Health and Safety records and risk assessments for activities
    • Actively recruit new volunteers
    • Support our volunteers, responding to enquiries and providing information
    • Maintain volunteer records for the Society’s database
    • Assist the Project Manager with other aspects of the project work as necessary
  • Make best use of opportunities to increase support for the Society and its work and promote the benefits of membership to the public
  • Assist in other areas of the Society’s work as necessary
  • This role will involve working with young people under the age of 18 and adults who may be vulnerable at risk.  The successful candidate will require a satisfactory enhanced DBS check (evidenced through subscription to the Update Service or by application at the point of appointment).

HOW TO APPLY
For an informal discussion about the post telephone John Harold (Director) on 01286 685498.
Please note we can only accept applications which are completed using our Standard Application Form Applications by CV only will not be considered.
Please return the form – preferably by email to john@snowdonia-society.org.uk, or by post to:
John Harold, Snowdonia Society, Caban, Brynrefail, Gwynedd, LL55 3NR.
Closing date: 12:00 midday, Tuesday 16th July 2019
Interviews: 30th July 2019
Shortlisted candidates will be notified by: 22nd July 2019
Anticipated start date: ASAP in August

 

 

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