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Project Coordinator - Species Survival Fund: 'Bogs and Bitterns'

Somerset Wildlife Trust
Cheddar, Somerset (Hybrid)
BS27, Cheddar
£29,784 - £31,320 per year
Full-time
Contract (Fixed term until end of February 2026)
Job description

Project Coordinator - Species Survival Fund: 'Bogs and Bitterns'
Salary: £29,784 - £31,320
Contract type: Fixed term until end of February 2026
Working hours: Full time, 37.5 hours per week
Location: Callow Rock, Shipham Gorge, Cheddar, with opportunities for hybrid working

“Bogs and Bitterns": Somerset Wetland Restoration is one of twenty schemes being funded by the Government's Species Survival Fund.

As Species Survival Project Fund Coordinator, you will provide project management and co-ordination of the Species Survival Fund project and work on the development of specific species and habitat works at the Brides Mound and St Brigid’s Chapel site in Glastonbury.

We are looking for an individual with both hands on experience of delivering nature conservation work and project management expertise.

This project is funded by the Government's Species Survival Fund. The fund was developed by Defra and its Arm's-Length Bodies. It is being delivered by The National Lottery Heritage Fund in partnership with Natural England and the Environment Agency. “Bogs and Bitterns: Somerset Wetland restoration is one of twenty schemes being funded across the country. Within our project area we aim to deliver 50 hectares of wetland habitat restoring and expanding to improve and create quality ‘stepping stone’ sites of high quality biodiversity and to enable species abundance across the wider county. We are looking for an individual with both hands on experience of delivering nature conservation work and project management expertise.

As Species Survival Project Fund Coordinator, you will have two main areas of work. The main part of the role is to provide project management and co-ordination of the Species Survival Fund project, ensuring we are on track, including meeting budget requirements, collating information and reporting as required, and providing line manager support to the project Ecologist. The second part of the role is to also to work on the development of specific species and habitat works at the Brides Mound and St Brigid’s Chapel site in Glastonbury; here SWT is working in close co-operation with the Friends of Brides Mound and Southwest Heritage Trust and is funded by the Glastonbury Town Deal Fund.

Responsibility 1: Manage the Project

  • Share knowledge and expertise by:
  • Providing project management and coordination and building relationship with key stakeholders.
  • Ensuring concise information gathering and reporting for the Species Survival Fund project.
  • Providing and sharing expertise on species survival, whilst coordinating evidence and monitoring of the project.
  • Undertaking a wide range of complex, technical and professional tasks in differing situations, with a degree of personal responsibility and autonomy. It is important to be able to work both alone and as a member of the team.
  • Adopting environmentally friendly working practices, setting, and maintaining high personal standards of efficiency and customer care and fostering a ‘can do’ culture based on ownership, initiative, teamwork, and exchange of information.  All staff are ambassadors for the organisation both internally and externally and are expected to always act in a professional manner. They are required to abide by organisational rules, policies and procedures as laid down in the staff handbook.

Responsibility 2: Line Management

Provide leadership and support by:

  • Providing direct line management to the Species Survival Fund Project Ecologist to ensure best practice and to drive the project forward.
  • Managing the workload, performance, and personal development of the Species Survival Fund Project Ecologist.
  • Having budgetary responsibility for the project and expenditure.
  • Keeping abreast of national and international species recovery programmes and relate these to Somerset.

Responsibility 3: Work with Partners and Volunteers

Provide leadership and training opportunities as an influencer for the Trust by:

  • Contributing to discussions, workstreams and providing support to the developing St Brigid’s Chapel and Brides Mound Project.
  • Leading on working with other partners to design and implement habitat works across this landholding.
  • Enabling the development of volunteering and training opportunities with the Friends of Brides Mound so they are resilient as a community to continue managing this land as part of the nature recovery network at the end of current funded works.
  • Working in close collaboration with the communications and fundraising teams to promote the project including the production of articles, blogs and social media posts.

General

  • The job holder is required to follow and comply with all policies and procedures of Somerset Wildlife Trust which includes our health and safety and safeguarding procedures, ensuring the personal safety of all staff, volunteers, young people and vulnerable adults involved in the project.
  • To carry out other duties relevant to your post as reasonably required by your line manager.
  • To reflect the Somerset Wildlife Trust Values all areas of work.
  • To work collaboratively with other Wildlife Trusts to share learning and achieve greater impact collectively.
  • Somerset Wildlife Trust is committed to creating a more digital culture across the organisation. We aim to become more collaborative, agile and efficient through the use of digital technology.  A basic level of digital skills is expected of all staff with the opportunity to improve these skills with career progression.
  • We are a Disability Confident Employer, as such we offer an interview to people with a disability who meet the minimum criteria for the job.

Additional benefits of working for the Somerset Wildlife Trust include:

  • 7% employer pension contribution
  • Life insurance
  • An annual professional institution subscription
  • Flexible and agile working
  • Wellbeing support – EAP, wellbeing champions
  • Diversity networks through RSWT/TWT
  • Paid volunteer days
  • Continuous Professional Development opportunities
  • Minimum 33 days of holiday (25 annual leave + bank holidays)
  • Active staff social events

The opportunity to make a real and positive difference to nature, communities and the climate.

Closing date: Sunday 30 June 2024

Interested?

If you would like to find out more, please click the apply button. You will be directed to our website to complete your application for this position.

No agencies please.

Posted on: 04 June 2024
Closing date: 30 June 2024 at 23:59
Job ref: 165612_SW
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