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Lower Windrush Valley Project Officer - OCC10760

Job Details

 

Salary range: £22,021 - £29,636 per annum

Work location: Ron Groves House, Kidlington / Speedwell House, Oxford

Hours per week: 37

Contract type: Temporary - Maternity Cover (9 months)

Closing date: 5 May 2019

Interview date: 20 May 2019

 

The LWVP is seeking a project officer to provide maternity cover for the current Project Manager.  The cover period is expected to run until March 2020 from the data of commencement.  

 

The Lower Windrush Valley Project is a well-established project to improve landscape, biodiversity and public access in the Lower Windrush Valley in West Oxfordshire by undertaking work directly and in partnership with the local community.

 

We are looking for an individual who can bring relevant experience of working in the environmental sector, with good organisational skills, the ability to manage their time effectively and work with a high degree of independence.  Good interpersonal skills are vital.  The Project Officer should be able to undertake basic practical conservation activities and ideally have experience of working with volunteers on conservation and administrative tasks.   A full role profile / specification is available to download. 

 

The Lower Windrush Valley covers 28 square kilometres of West Oxfordshire, incorporating the floodplain of the River Windrush from Witney to where it joins the River Thames at Newbridge. Over the last 60 years the landscape character of the valley has been transformed by mineral extraction with large areas of the riverside pasture transformed into a mosaic of open water. With mineral extraction set to continue the Lower Windrush Valley Project (LWVP) was created by Oxfordshire County Council to create and implement an environmental strategy for this area.

 

Since 2001, the LWVP has worked with environmental organisations, mineral operators, landowners and the local community to coordinate and deliver a wide range of initiatives that:

  • Strengthen and develop the evolving landscape of the valley
  • Protect and enhance the biodiversity it supports
  • Improve opportunities for people to access and enjoy the countryside
  • Raise awareness, understanding and involvement in the diverse issues that influence the environment in the valley

The Role

 

The overall role of the project officer is to provide support within an allocated area of work, to ensure a high quality service that delivers value for money for its customers in line with legislative requirements and the council’s policies and practices. 

 

With regard to the specific duties of the LWVP Project Officer

  • Oversee day to day management of Standlake Common and Rushy Common nature reserves in partnership with the landowners.
  • Coordinate the engagement of volunteers including both regular working groups and site wardens. Take responsibility for supervision and the health and safety of volunteers on a range of practical tasks.
  • Plan and implement biodiversity and public access projects in the Lower Windrush Valley. 
  • Update the mapping base of information on biodiversity, access, other conservation activity and features of interest in the project area and work to make this more publicly available through online and other media.
  • Manage communications with stakeholders, partners and the general public, including updating website pages, social media, leaflets and press releases and organising an annual forum meeting.
  • Prepare reports as required for steering and working groups, grant providers and other partners where appropriate and attend meetings to discuss project activity.
  • Monitor the LWVP budget and report to the Environment Strategy Manager on financial matters affecting the LWVP.

Additional Information

 

The Environment Strategy team is based in central Oxford and the project officer would be expected to spend some of their time there.  The main LWVP ‘office’ is based in a facility shared with other OCC services in Kidlington, though opportunities to work from other offices are also possible.  Project materials are stored in a further facility in Eynsham.  The project officer needs therefore to be able to work on an agile basis between locations – office and site based.

 

The post is being advertised as a full-time, temporary role.  Part-time or job-share arrangements could be considered for the right applicant on the same temporary basis.

 

The Project Officer would work within the County Council’s Environment Strategy team which includes specialists in landscape, ecology, land management and environmental policy.

 

Salary would be dependent upon experience, within the range quoted.

 

Applicants invited to interview would be required to make a short verbal presentation on a subject to be advised in advance.

Job Description

 

To view the full Job Description for the role, please click here

Contact details for an informal discussion:

 

For more information about the role, please contact either:

  • Lucy Kennery, Lower Windrush Valley Project Manager on 07557082575 or  lucy.kennery@oxfordshire.gov.uk
  • Nick Mottram, Environment Strategy Manager on 07733002171 or  nick.mottram@oxfordshire.gov.uk
     

 

Our Organisation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. We expect all employees, workers and volunteers to share this commitment. We will ensure that all our recruitment and selection practices reflect this commitment.

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