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Ribble Rivers Trust

Citizen Science Co-ordinator

Purpose: To co-ordinate our volunteers delivering citizen science activities
Reports to: Strategic Evidence and GIS Manager
Location: Clitheroe
Hours: Full-time 37.5 hours per week
Salary: £24,500 - £26,000p.a. dependent on experience
Contract: 24 months (with possibility of extension, subject to funding)

Ribble Rivers Trust (RRT) is a regional charity set up to improve and conserve the Ribble Catchment, particularly its rivers, brooks, becks and streams. Since 2010 RRT has grown from a team of three to 25. We work at local and catchment scales delivering a range of projects and activities that improve the condition, management, and awareness of the Ribble Catchment. Over the last 10 years, RRT has developed and grown into a sector leading organisation, known for getting things done, strong partnership working and a collaborative approach. We are a welcoming and friendly team committed to doing great work for people and nature.

Earlier this year we secured funding from DEFRA’s Green Recovery Challenge Fund. ‘Health and Environmental Action Lancashire’ (HEAL) will deliver environmental improvements across Lancashire alongside active volunteering events that promote and support improved health and wellbeing. We are working with numerous project partners including Lune Rivers Trust, Wyre Rivers Trust, Prospects Foundation, Lancaster University, Freshwater Biological Association, Forest of Bowland AONB, Pendle Borough Council and Hyndburn Borough Council.

Recently we also secured funding through the “Catchment System Thinking Cooperative” (CaSTCo) project to support increasing the scale and quality of monitoring of river catchments through Citizen Science.

We are now looking to recruit a conscientious, dynamic, and enthusiastic person with a passion for improving the environment and working with communities. Someone who will inspire, enable and co-ordinate Citizen Scientists across the catchment to help our efforts to better understand the condition of our rivers, identify actions and report on successes. The successful candidate will join a vibrant and talented team who are delivering a huge variety of projects improving rivers in the Ribble Catchment.

The role requires a confident and clear communicator with experience in engaging and working with volunteers, and ecological monitoring. The successful candidate will have knowledge of landscape-scale conservation, freshwater ecosystems and wider land management.

We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives and skills, and welcome applications from everyone regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, faith or disability.

Benefits include 25 days holiday plus public holidays rising to 30 days with length of service, access to a stakeholder pension scheme including life assurance, free car parking and secure bike storage, and a cycle to work scheme.

Role Description

The Citizen Science Co-ordinator will help to gather data and evidence that shapes the strategic direction, and report on success, of the Trust, and as such the duties will include:

  • To develop and coordinate the Trust’s citizen science programme and citizen science volunteer base.
  • Recruit new volunteers to our citizen science programme.
  • To coordinate the delivery of citizen science training and knowledge sharing.
  • To collate, manage, utilise and disseminate the Trust’s citizen science data.
  • Work with other project partners to gather and share learnings to continuously improve our citizen science programme.
  • To attend project meetings as required.
  • To monitor progress and provide information to support the monthly project reports as required by each project.
  • Ensure project costs are in line with project budgets.
  • To assist with local events and public activities to engage with local communities.
  • Maintain and develop partnerships with stakeholders, including the Forest of Bowland AONB, Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust, The Woodland Trust, Environment Agency, Natural England, United Utilities, and other related partners.
  • Contribute to and assist in the production of publicity and marketing materials.
  • Any other reasonable duties as required by RRT.

   
The role will be based within RRT offices in Clitheroe (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday), but with optional hybrid working from home (Monday and Friday), and duties will be delivered across the wider catchment area.

The Citizen Science Co-ordinator will help to gather data and evidence that shapes the strategic direction, and report on success, of the Trust. We are looking to recruit someone with a passion for improving the environment and working with communities. Someone who will inspire, enable and co-ordinate Citizen Scientists across the catchment to help our efforts to better understand the condition of our rivers, identify actions and report on successes.

For the full job description please visit our job vacancies page. The deadline for applications is 17:00 on the 16th August 2022 with interviews in the week commencing 22nd August 2022

Closing Date: 16/08/2022  Location: Clitheroe

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