Community Involvement

two pairs of ahnds holind a bowl of ripe tomoatoes (image: Elaine Casap on Unsplash)

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 good start.

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, Dudley MBC

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, Natural England

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, Groundwork

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


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