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Natural Environment Project Coordinator

Full time Peterborough
Position #18954 Closing date 30/09/2021
£25,000 - £26,500

Background information:

Would you like to join an organisation taking real action for people and the environment?

PECT is an independent charity creating sustainable places by supporting the reduction of resource use, enhancing the natural environment, educating on the changes needed and improving the health and wellbeing of communities that we work with.

Based at the entrance to a country park on the outskirts of Peterborough, PECT is a fun and dynamic place to work. We deliver real impact and benefits for the environment and our values are based around our team, partners and those we work with:

  • Change – Creating sustainable places that are better for people and the environment
  • Expertise – Use knowledge and experience to design and deliver meaningful impact
  • People – Strong and vibrant team who are committed to sustainability
  • Together – We take collaborative action to create positive change

Purpose of role:

This is a fantastic opportunity to join PECT in a new and exciting role supporting communities, landowners and wider stakeholders to develop the John Clare Countryside (JCC) Vision.

The John Clare Countryside Vision is a resident-conceived and led, area-based project putting nature at the heart of local action tackling the climate emergency and post-Covid recovery. It draws from and celebrates the links to literature and the arts through the area’s connections with the nature poet, John Clare.

The project will support landowners and communities to help double nature, an ambition of the Local Nature Partnership, endorsed by Peterborough City Council and the Combined Authority. It will help turn community assets such as road verges, churchyards, and community centres into nature rich locations, creating more resilient countryside and communities.

The role will involve partnership working, community engagement, stakeholder management and project management as well as line management of a project officer and a natural environment trainee.

Through this programme we hope to create a countryside where nature is at the heart of our lives: where swifts and swallows are a central feature of our summer evenings; where hares continue to enthral people as they play in the fields and meadows; where bees and other insects thrive, not decline, and where there are far more ponds, meadows, wildflowers, hedgerows and trees.

We want people to be able to walk or cycle out in safety and tranquillity across this thriving countryside, enjoying the sights and sounds and even the silence of the natural world, enjoying dark skies and cherishing the heritage – both natural and man-made around them.

The role is being funded by the Green Challenge Recovery Fund.

Employer: PECT

Based: This position will be based at PECT’s offices: Ham Lane House, Ham Lane, Peterborough PE2 5UU. There may be opportunities to work from home some days.

Salary (per annum, pro rata): £25,000 -£26,500

Closing Date for applications: Ongoing

Interview Date: Ongoing

Start Date: ASAP

End Date: 14 months from start date

Hours/Week: 37 hours a week

Work outside normal hours: Occasional evening and weekend work may be required

Reports to: Director of Operations (PECT) / Chair of John Clare Partnership Board

Key responsibilities:

  • Responsible for moving the project forward including the day-to-day project management and all that entails.
  • Working with some fantastic parishes to support them on their parish nature recovery plans, including hedge and tree planting projects, pond creation and restoration, churchyard management programmes and planting of wild-flower strips
  • Working with the communities and wider partners to deliver the project outcome including the JCC Board, wider partnerships, parish councils and key volunteers
  • Keeping on top of all the paperwork including accurate project records and reporting regular progress to the Director of Operations / Chair of JCC partnership
  • Set up and coordinate the JCC Program Board, including relevant record keeping
  • Manage a new team created specifically for the project as well as contractors and consultants.
  • Telling people about the project through a range of communication activities.
  • Support in the development of future projects and funding including supporting the development of detailed project plans for each of the JCC’s five landscape nature recovery projects
  • Get new people involved with the project, including working with residents and schools to help towards the ambition of doubling nature
  • Plan and execute a series of fun and engaging events and activities to promote the project and secure engagement
  • Support and get involved in other PECT activities and initiatives where applicable
  • Ensure that all processes are completed in a timely, accurate and compliant manner and in line with client funding requirements
  • Any other reasonable tasks requested by line manager

Person specification

Essential criteria:

  • Level 4 qualification or equivalent in relevant subject
  • Experience of community projects, engaging and empowering members of the community or working with schools
  • Enthusiasm for and understanding of environmental/sustainable development issues
  • Excellent organisational and time management skills, ability to manage projects and organise work effectively to a tight schedule and to completion
  • Able to work effectively under pressure and handle changing priorities
  • Experience of attendance and organisation at events
  • Ability to transport equipment to events and undertake manual handling
  • Proven track record of meeting challenging KPIs and targets
  • Demonstrable experience of managing multiple tasks/activities/events at one time
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Exceptional attention to detail
  • Able to work independently and use own initiative, and within a small team
  • Good experience of IT, especially proficiency in Microsoft Office software
  • Willingness to learn and undertake training where appropriate

Desirable:

  • Local knowledge
  • Be committed to continuous professional development

Apply for this role

To apply:

Please send a covering letter and CV to [email protected] We prefer to receive applications electronically; however, we understand not everyone has access to the internet, therefore you can also post your application to the address below.

You may be contacted for a brief telephone interview before the formal interviews. If shortlisted for interview you may be required to prepare a presentation or complete a brief task, relevant to the role, as part of the interview.

If you have any questions about this role please contact Stuart Dawks, [email protected] or call 01733 568408

Postal address: Ham Lane House, Ham Lane, Peterborough, PE2 5UU

For some activities, such as working directly with children on a regular basis, a DBS check may be required.

Variation Clause:

This is a description of the job, as it is constituted at the date shown. It is the practice of the Trust periodically to examine job descriptions, update them and ensure that they relate to the job performed, or to incorporate any proposed changes. The appropriate Manager in consultation with the post holder will conduct this procedure.

In these circumstances it will be the aim to reach agreement on reasonable changes, but if agreement is not possible management reserves the right to make changes to your job description following consultation.

The Job Description was compiled by Stuart Dawks on 12th August 2021