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Logo: East Devon District CouncilEvents and Volunteer Officer

£22,462 - £24,799 per annum

Honiton and mobile throughout East Devon

Full time


About us


East Devon is independently recognised as an outstanding place and so it follows that its council must also strive to be outstanding. Everything we do is aimed at ensuring that East Devon is a place that people want to live in, work in, visit and enjoy. Our ambition is to be an outstanding council which works together with local people to create great value services and an outstanding community, economy and environment for East Devon, now and for future generations.


Our Countryside Team is responsible for managing a variety of sites including Seaton Wetlands and a range of Local and Community Nature Reserves. The team also provides a thriving outdoor learning service, supports an ever growing volunteer team and coordinates an exciting public events programme.


About the role


We have an exciting and challenging job opportunity to be at the heart of our community engagement work with residents across East Devon. The Countryside team is innovative, ambitious and at the forefront of nature conservation, driving forward new ideas that link the outdoors to everyone’s quality of life. You will lead our events and volunteer programmes. You will bring the great outdoors alive for our resident’s, support our growing team of volunteers and facilitate opportunities for everyone to get involved and active in this beautiful part of Devon.


You will lead our events development and delivery, alongside the team, producing the Wild East Devon events guide with our partners. You will be responsible for recruiting and co-ordinating volunteers, providing a high standard of training and support. You will also play a key role in developing our visitor offer across our reserves.  


For more information about the exciting work of the team please visit www.wildeastdevon.co.uk or follow us on social media @wildeastdevon


About you


First and foremost, you share our love for the natural environment and have a desire to promote it to all. We’re looking for practical experience in event management, volunteer coordination and marketing that shows your ability to be creative, innovative and to help drive forward the development of our work.


Brimming with fantastic ideas and the energy and commitment to turn them into reality, you will have a positive, can-do attitude to inspire others to get outdoors and enjoy the benefits of contact with nature. You will also have proven skills and experience of developing and organising events along with experience of successfully engaging, managing and working with volunteers. You will also have a working knowledge of marketing these opportunities via online platforms and traditional media.  


With excellent ICT and communication skills and ideally a degree in a relevant related subject, you will knock us over with your genuine passion for people and wildlife, with your professional approach and your ability to bring a smile to people’s faces whether leading an event, supporting volunteers, welcoming visitors or working with partners.


You must have a valid driving licence and access to a vehicle (reasonable adjustments may be possible according to the Equality Act). The role will involve some weekend working during busy periods.




To apply online, please click here. For an informal discussion, please contact Tim Dafforn, Countryside Team Leader (People), 01395 517404 or email wild@eastdevon.gov.uk


Closing date: 26 May 2019.

Interviews: w/c 3 June 2019. 




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