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Logo: Forestry Commission EnglandVolunteer Coordinator - Biodiversity Engagement

Location: Lyndhurst, Hampshire or Alice Holt Forest near Farnham

Salary: £23,678 - £25002 pro rata

Fixed term until end March 2020 with possible extension or permanency

37 hours per week.

Ref: 1616634


The Forestry Commission are looking for a creative, dynamic and highly-organised person to engage new and existing volunteers to help celebrate its centenary in 2019


South England Forest District manages some 46,000 hectares of the public forest estate across West Sussex, Surrey, Berkshire, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Dorset & South Wiltshire. The public forest estate supports a wide-range of nationally important habitats including ancient woodland, wet woodland, lowland heathland, species-rich grassland, wetlands and ponds.


Much of the land is of high importance for nature conservation, supporting some 29,000 hectares of SSSIs of which approximately 28,000 are also designated at a European level as Special Areas of Conservation and Special Protection Areas. The majority of the land managed by the District is also within areas designated for their landscape value, including 4,000 hectares within AONBs and 31,500 hectares across two National Parks.


Purpose of the job:


The Forestry Commissionís centenary programme will reflect the vital role forests play in supporting our national wellbeing, environmental resilience, economy and biodiversity.


You will work closely with National and District colleagues including ecology, recreation, forestry & wildlife functions and local stakeholders to develop and deliver a rich programme of citizen science events, volunteer opportunities and ecological surveys across the wider South England Forest District.


With support from the project team and district colleagues, you will engage, train and support existing and new volunteers across the district, matching their motivations and expertise with the programmeís volunteer opportunities.


As well as strengthening and celebrating our volunteer networks, the data your programme of events will achieve, will add to a baseline of data which we will build on and use for the ongoing improvement of our sustainable forest and woodland management.


More about you:


To make the most of this position you will have experience or relevant qualifications in recreation, community engagement or conservation management, with on the job experience as a recreation or community ranger or similar public facing role. Experience of working with volunteer community groups, corporate bodies and special interest groups is essential.


This position will be well suited to you if you are capable of planning, delivering and evaluating public events, applying experience of managing Health and Safety, and can communicate clearly and concisely to reach a wide audience.


Benefits of working for the Forestry Commission


  • Attractive working environment
  • Flexible working arrangements
  • 25 days annual leave in addition to 10.5 days public and privilege days


For further information and to apply for this exciting opportunity please visit Civil Service Jobs 


Closing date: Monday 18th February 2019

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