Community Involvement is an important aspect of countryside
management particularly when it comes to getting under represented
sectors of the community into the countryside or involved in local,
often urban, greenspace.
Most countryside roles include some aspects of
community involvement. You need tact, diplomacy and an understanding of
the barriers faced by people when it comes to exploring new
environments. Projects can cover aspects as wide ranging as
setting up and running a community allotment, encouraging young people
to look after and take pride in a local park to organising a
multicultural festival or simply liaising with the local community to
ensure that your site / project is fulfilling its role.
Jobs and employment
Typical jobs include
Engagement Officer, Community Project Officer, Communities and
Engagement Officer. The
Community Development Worker and
Community Education Coordinator role profiles on the National Careers Service website
although not countryside focused give a good overview of
what a Community Officer does.
See current vacancies advertised with CJS here.
To gain the experience required volunteering is frequently a
See current community involvement volunteering opportunities advertised with CJS here.
Skills, training and CPD.
There are many different skills and qualifications required to work
in community involvement, not least enthusiasm, tact and diplomacy. CPD
clearance is usually required.
There are frequent conferences, webinars and events dealing with facilitation and community involvement.
Information and in depth articles
Health Walks in the Derbyshire Dales, Derbyshire Dales District Council
Wild Wellbeing Walks for Women in Nature, London Wildlife Trust & Black Girls Hike
How to set up a community garden, Social Farms & Gardens
The power of community gardens – growing people and places, Groundwork
Scotland’s Park Managers Forum, greenspace scotland
A Welcome in our Green Spaces, Black Environment Network