London, Greater London (On-site)
£22,000 per annum plus London Weighting (£3,881.67)
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

The Conservation Volunteers (TCV) are one of the main partners for the London Borough of Waltham Forest, delivering activities which connect people and greenspace. The successful applicant will work with the London Borough of Waltham Forest representatives, Friends of Parks groups and local people, with the aims of improving nature conservation, health and wellbeing, through social engagement, gentle exercise and connectivity with the outdoors.

TCV are seeking an enthusiastic, confident and experienced person to join our London Health & Education team for this important post. The Senior Project Officer will lead the delivery of three key areas of work in the borough:

  1. Green Gyms - Lead the delivery of weekly nature conservation volunteering sessions for people (with a wide range of abilities), through the Green Gyms at Leyton Jubilee Park (Thursdays) & Lloyd Park (Fridays). The post holder will actively seek new volunteers to attend the Green Gyms, through continual engagement with local social prescribing partners, social media promotion & local advertising of activities. They will also continually recruit and train volunteers to ensure they have the maximum opportunity to develop their skills and experience.
  2. Friends of Park support - Support the capacity building & training of the Friends of Parks groups across the borough, which may include anything from organising an external first aid trainer to deliver an event, to you organising & leading a workshop on how to create & manage a wildflower meadow. Twice a year, the post holder will also organise and chair a more formal Friends of Parks group forum. You’ll keep the local Friends of Parks group website up to date with advertising forthcoming events & updating member’s contact details & producing newsletters.
  3. Wider community events - The post holder will be expected to lead and/or support the delivery of wider community activities as required, such as regular family events at Abbott’s Park & large family events such as Tree Week and Love Parks week.

The post holder will mainly deliver core activities independently, although they’ll work closely with the existing TCV team in Waltham Forest, to ensure local people receive the best possible experience. They’ll be occasions when there’s a need to work extra hours, including evenings & weekends, such as during Love Parks week, which takes place each July.

The successful applicant will have experience of working with communities and a good knowledge of the outdoors. They must be able to plan & deliver practical nature conservation projects with volunteers, including ordering materials and other logistics. They’ll also be confident & experienced in planning & delivering training for Friends of park & local community groups & chairing the Friends of parks network meetings twice a year. They must be able to demonstrate an understanding of a range of practical nature conservation & family/community activities, experience in supervising groups of people, an ability to communicate effectively with people with varying abilities and levels of influence, together with personal qualities of intuition, resourcefulness and flexibility.

The post is full-time for 35 hours per week. The Senior Project Officer will be based in the TCV Abbott’s Park office, alongside two other Senior Project Officers & a part-time Project officer. There will be regular travel across Waltham Forest & a full driving licence is desirable but not essential to delivering the role.



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Posted on: 21 April 2022
Closed date: 21 May 2022 at 23:59
Job ref: spowf
Tags: Project Management, Volunteer Management

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