Leeds, West Yorkshire
£23,700 (FTE - to be pro-rated) per year
Contract, Until 31st March 2022, Full-time
Job description

*** Fixed Term Contract until 31st March 2022 ***

About Us

We're the charity who look after and bring to life 2,000 miles of waterways across England and Wales, because we believe that life is better by water. Every role across the Trust plays it's part in transforming our canals and rivers into spaces where local people want to spend time and feel better, bringing wellbeing benefits to millions.

We are looking for a Participation Project Leader who will help support the development, delivery, and evaluation of our community engagement activities within the Yorkshire & North East region. 

The post holder will build effective relationships with local communities/partner organisations to develop and deliver a variety of projects/activities for a range of people including young people (13 & 25 yrs old).  This work will be delivered through both digital and face to face engagement.

Location & Coverage

The role will be based working from home, with the allocation of a nearby Hub for collaborative working in Leeds.

This is a regional role but there will be an expectation that the successful candidate will be able travel to attend meetings or fieldwork throughout the regional waterway network. 

About the role

Key Accountabilities: 

  • Develop and deliver a diverse programme of participatory activities, project and events that meet the specific needs and interests of local communities. 
  • Lead on the delivery of the Trust initiatives including local Plastics Challenge, Lets programme, preventative health programmes within defined geographic locations. 
  • Lead on monitoring and evaluating the programmes and activities. 
  • Initiate, develop and maintain positive and strong relations with key stakeholders, partners and communities including; schools, universities, local authorities, businesses, uniformed groups, canoe clubs, canal societies, other charities etc. 
  • Lead on the delivery of community consultation events to promote the Trust and its aims, meet local people and identify local issues and priorities that may inform the development of the programmes locally. 
  • Ensure participation is representative of the diverse and varied local communities involved. 
  • Work with regional operations team to plan, deliver, and manage volunteers. 
  • Work with regional teams to deliver the priorities of the region and work closely with the Regional Directors and the leadership team to develop models for participatory activities that can be utilized across the Trust network of canal and waterways. 
  • Manage the participatory project budget
  • Work with the Trust's digital and communications teams to positively promote to the Trust and the outcomes delivered. 
  • Ensure that diversity and inclusion are integrated into all aspects of Trust life and promote inclusion bg challenging behaviour, practices, actions, or decisions that are counter to the objectives of the Trust’s policies and values.


As this role is on the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 Exception Order applicants must state the details of any cautions or convictions whether spent or unspent on the self-disclosure section of the application form.

This job involves regulated activity with children and adults at risk as defined by the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012. Therefore, an Enhanced Criminal Record check will be undertaken by the successful candidate prior to employment.

A criminal record is not necessarily a bar to employment with us. HR will advise and decisions made on a case by case basis.

About You

Work experience

  • Comprehensive working knowledge of issues relating to young people including safeguarding.
  • Considerable experience of collaborative working and developing and delivering social action / youth projects in partnership with other relevant organisations.
  • Substantial experience of community engagement and relationship management.
  • Experiencing managing volunteers.
  • Proven experience of working with people and growing engagement.
  • Proven experience of working in the third sector / voluntary organisation.
  • Some knowledge of working safety.
  • Proven experience of planning and managing practical activities for volunteer groups.
  • Experience in canoeing and/or water based recreation activities (Desirable).
  • Experience of working in an outdoor visitor focused environment (Desirable).
  • Experience of developing and supporting youth leadership opportunities (Desirable).


  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills that allow you to inform, help and advise participants, volunteers, staff and partners and liaise with other professionals using a wide range of media.
  • Excellent listening skills and high levels of empathy and understanding.
  • Excellent time management, prioritisation and organisational skills, managing a diverse workload.
  • Project management & problem-solving skills.
  • The ability to enthuse and motivate individuals and teams of both volunteers and staff.

 Qualifications and Attainments

  • Degree / HND / NVQ Level 5 or equivalent in Youth / Community or Event Management or similar area (Desirable).
  • NEBOSH Certificate in Health and Safety (Desirable).
  • First Aid Certificate (Desirable).

*** Driving is integral to the role - driving licence is essential and use of your own vehicle ***


To Apply:  click on the "Apply for this job" button and follow the process - complete the application form & upload current CV.

We are currently conducting our interview processes virtually as we continue to respect and follow necessary social distancing guidance to protect our team and our candidates. You may be invited to a face to face further stage interview which will always be conducted following strict social distancing guidelines. 

What We Offer 

In addition to your annual salary of £23,700 (FTE), we can offer competitive contributory DC Pension scheme arrangement, and numerous other employee benefits, including several salary sacrifice benefits, all of which can be found all of which can be found via our 'apply' portal. 

When you join the Canal & River Trust you become a member of an engaged team working to preserve our heritage for future generations.  Come and put your skills to use on our waterways.

Find out more about the work we do and opportunities we have on our website. 

Posted on: 06 September 2021
Closed date: 26 September 2021
Tags: Communications, PR, Project Management