Bristol, City of Bristol

£17,850 - £21,000 FTE per annum

Contract, Part-time


Job Description

Role: Project Officer (Children and Young People)
Salary: £17,850 - £21,000 FTE per annum
Contract Type:15 - 22.5 hours per week, fixed term for 6 months (possible extension funding dependent)
Operational Area: West of England
Location: Lockleaze Youth & Play Space, Bristol, BS5
Ref: POCYP19

Groundwork South is committed to transforming people’s lives and places through social, economic and environmental action. In terms of development and delivery of these projects we work across three business themes, Parks & Open Spaces, Youth & Employment and Greener Living & Working.

This is an exciting opportunity to join the new outdoor party team, manage and deliver projects and activities for children and young people as well as a wider programme of community events at The Vench.

The Vench is an adventure playground and youth centre located in Lockleaze offering an exciting and safe space for children and young people to meet, play and learn. We run a range of events throughout the year for the whole community and deliver local environmental project.

We are looking for a dynamic Project Officer who can develop an exciting new nature themed, birthday party initiative, aimed at increasing the sustainability of The Vench. Once established the Project Officer will manage and deliver parties at The Vench to primary aged children (4-11 years), featuring many fun and engaging activities such as treasure hunts, den building and nature crafts. The Vench is located on the doorstep of Stoke Park, which comprises of 270 acres of grassland, woodland and glades.

The successful candidate will be a good communicator, with an outgoing and confident personality, excellent organisational and time management skills, enthusiastic about the countryside and woodland life and keen to pass this on to children and young people.

The Project Officer will need to work flexibly, ensuring that they can work during the week when no parties are booked and on weekends, evenings and during school holidays as required.

Main Duties

  • To develop, manage and deliver birthday party packages on weekends, evenings and during school holidays at The Vench
  • To develop, plan and deliver education projects, community events and activities for children, young people and the local community at The Vench, with the support of the Centre Manager
  • To market and promote birthday parties and events
  • To support the Centre Manager with day to day running of The Vench
  • To support the Centre Manager to develop new projects and write funding bids
  • To supervise volunteers and zero-hour staff members in delivery
  • To collect regular feedback to support project evaluation
  • To work to agreed deadlines and operate within budget
  • To report on a monthly basis to your line manager how the projects are progressing and any issues arising

In return we offer:

  • Full training in the activities you will be expected to deliver
  • Safeguarding training.

Closing Date: 6th June 2019
Interview Date: 11th June 2019
Start Date: 19th June 2019 (negotiable)


If you would like to find out more about this position and to apply, please click the Apply button to be directed to our site. There you can download the application pack.

This post will be subject to an Enhanced Check with Lists from the Disclosure and Barring Service. Groundwork South’s Working with Children & Vulnerable Adults Policy supports staff in putting into practice our commitment to safeguarding the welfare of children and young people under the age of 18.

We are committed to the employment and career development of disabled people. To demonstrate our commitment we have been awarded the Disability Confident Scheme Symbol, which is awarded by the Employment Service. We shall ensure fairness and equal opportunities throughout our workforce and in service delivery.

Groundwork South is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity. We welcome applications from suitably skilled candidates regardless of ethnicity, gender, disability, sexuality, religion or age. 

No agencies please.