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
The Green Halo - Where nature, people and business flourish, New Forest National Park Authority
Managing an Urban National Nature Reserve - Community Involvement,
Relevant Writing, Environmental Funders Network
Fundraising, is it just asking for the money?, Richard Witt
Interview with Dawn Bebe, Co-founder & Director of Crowdfunder
Habits for successful parks innovation, Nesta
Why charities need champions, Groundwork
Nature-based interventions for mental health and wellbeing,
A Welcome in our Green Spaces, Black Environment Network
Using the Come Outside! model to overcome multiple barriers,
Natural Resources Wales
Surrey Choices Growth Team Successfully Overcomes Barriers to Help Transform County
Giving communities the tools to create better places,
Speed Volunteering helps busy Londoners get outside and volunteer, Team London
Green Angels create magic in Liverpool Park, The Land Trust
'Can you get 'your' volunteers to do this for me?', Canal & River Trust