Project Officer – Aire Rivers Trust
Join our team where your main role will be to deliver the Nature Connections project and elements of Developing the Natural Aire project. You will lead on creating a floodable meadow and reconnect communities to their waterways between Leeds and Gargrave, celebrating the return of Atlantic salmon.
This role will see you working across two projects:
Nature Connections will connect the local communities of Baildon and Keighley to their river
corridor. This exciting project will work with volunteers to create a pocket park in Keighley and a
floodable meadow in Baildon including scrapes for flood attenuation, wildflower meadows and
riparian planting. This will represent 0.6FTE of your time.
The other 0.4FTE will see you working on our other major project, Developing the Natural Aire,
which aims to reconnect communities between Leeds and Gargrave to their river to celebrate the
return of Atlantic salmon in the improved river. You work will include launching a walking for health group in Craven, improving the river whilst working alongside volunteers and our apprentice and running community engagement activities.
• To deliver the Nature Connections Activity Plan and assigned components of the Developing
the Natural Aire Activity Plan within budget, to the agreed timescales and to meet the
defined outcomes of the projects.
• To report on progress as required to the appropriate Line Manager.
• To ensure timely and accurate submission of information to support financial claims and
reports for The National Lottery Heritage Fund and project partners.
• Supervision of the work of any other staff or volunteers associated with the projects.
• Designing and delivering community engagement activities to achieve clearly defined
aims, including but not limited to practical conservation events for both projects, a
Developing the Natural Aire walking group, and community events in the project areas.
• Complete all necessary reports, and keep suitable records in line with the funding
requirements and document retention policy
• Working with the local authority and the Environment Agency to construct necessary
permits for the Nature Connections project.
• Highlight any new risks and issues identified during Nature Connections works, and work
with the team to manage and resolve them.
• To support the Developing the Natural Aire Apprentice to develop practical
environmental conservation skills as part of the wider staff team.
• To engage and consult with existing community groups, schools, clubs, voluntary sector,
interest groups, local councils etc. to foster learning and a sense of ownership in the
• To represent the projects with external stakeholders.
• To maintain and develop working relationships with stakeholders, including the
Environment Agency, Local Authorities, The National Lottery Heritage Fund and others.
• To actively promote the Vision, Mission and work of the projects.
• Contribute to and assist in the production of publicity and marketing materials
• Ensure a high level of customer service in all dealings with the public.
• Ensure continuous development of skills and knowledge required for the post,
undergoing training as necessary.
• Work within all the policies and procedures of the Trust, ensuring own compliance with
the Trust’s health and safety policies and procedures and that of any staff and resources
for which you are responsible.
• Comply with all legal and contractual obligations concerning the responsibilities of your
• Supervise and support volunteers as appropriate to your role.
• Carry out any other reasonable duties commensurate with the level of responsibility of
the post, as requested by the Trust.
Essential skills and knowledge:
• Qualified and/or experienced in community engagement and volunteer recruitment.
• A working knowledge and understanding of river ecosystems.
• Ability to lead, enthuse, inspire, motivate and teach other people conservation techniques.
• Experience in the management and coordination of volunteers.
• Ability to deliver a walking for health walks and community engagement activities.
• Proven networking skills and able to maintain effective working relationships with a wide
variety of people and organisations.
• Strong written and verbal communication skills able to influence a wide range of
stakeholders. These will range from local authorities, to community groups and third sector
• The ability to think creatively and flexibly in order to achieve the immediate and long-term
objectives of the project.
• Understanding and commitment to equal opportunities good practice and ability to relate to
people from a cross section of the community.
• Experience of working with a small organisation and the public or voluntary sectors.
• Proven ability to successfully manage the delivery of projects to time and budget.
• A good eye for and attention to detail.
• Able to prioritise, with management support, multiple, work streams.
• An ability to work outdoors in all weathers.
• Good IT skills with a depth of working knowledge using Microsoft Office and social media.
• Familiar with appropriate Health and Safety requirements.
• A current manual driving licence and a vehicle suitable for travelling around the project area.
Desirable skills and knowledge
• Working knowledge of GIS data systems such as ARC GIS
• The ability to drive current ART objectives and contribute to developing future strategies.
• Familiarity with the River Aire and its associated communities from Leeds to Gargrave, in
particular Baildon and Keighley.