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.
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 good start.
See current community involvement volunteering opportunities advertised with CJS here.
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.
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