The Aire Rivers Trust (ART) seeks a Project Officer for two purposes:
- To deliver the River Aire Care River Stewardship project
- To develop ART itself to have permanent staff to achieve its aims for the River Aire
Funding is initially available for an 18-month appointment, with the expectation that the postholder will work with the Trustees to win future income to secure long-term continuation of the post.
The overall aim of River Stewardship for Bradford is to create a sustainable and active network of citizens looking after Bradford’s rivers and supporting flood risk and resilience activities on behalf of the community. The Project Officer will work about 2/3 of the time to:
- Create or support at least six “Friends” groups in different areas
- Engage with local business owners to get them involved in River Stewardship
- Develop strategies for the groups which combine flood resilience with environmental aspects
- Successfully bid for continuation funding for 2018-19 and beyond
The volunteer Trustees of the Aire Rivers Trust have made good progress since 2012 to improve the River Aire and its catchment for the benefit of society and the environment. In particular, it has driven forward the installation of fish passes on various weirs to enable salmon to return and other fish to move freely. The purpose of the other third of the Project Officer’s role is to work closely with the Trustees to build up ART’s income so that a permanent position for a Director can be created. This is an opportunity to make a substantial contribution in driving forward and growing an ambitious Rivers Trust.
The successful candidate will be qualified and/or experienced in community engagement and volunteer recruitment, will have a working knowledge of river ecosystems, flooding and recovery, and funding application. As well as skills in leadership, networking and organisation, they will be able to work outdoors in all weathers, have good IT skills, a working knowledge of social media, a current driving licence and a vehicle suitable for travelling around the project area.
Job Title: ART Project Officer
Location: to be confirmed but will be in the Leeds/Bradford area
Duration: Initial 18 month contract, with the intention of moving to an open-ended contract if funding can be secured
Salary: circa. £25,000, with annual increment subject to performance, plus appropriate travel and other expenses
Hours of Work: 37 hours per week (there will be a need for flexibility to work some evenings and weekends)
Holiday entitlement: 25 days per year plus bank holidays
Reporting: To ART Board through Barney Lerner, ART Trustee
DBS: We may ask you to undertake a DBS or other relevant check
Start Date: We anticipate that the successful candidate will start in early January 2018, if this would be a problem please explain the situation and your expected start date in your application
How to apply
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Closing Date for applications is 20th November 2017 at 5pm.
Interviews will be held 1st December in Shipley.