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Thames Chase Trust

Programmes Officer

Registered charity no:1115627

THAMES CHASE COMMUNITY FOREST AND YOUR ROLE

Thames Chase Community Forest was established in 1990 and covers an area of 40 square miles on the edge of east London and south-west Essex. It is one of thirteen national Community Forests known as England’s Community Forests.

Since 1990, the creation of Thames Chase has been driven by its approved Forest Plan: The Thames Chase Plan (www.thameschase.org.uk). The vision for Thames Chase is simple: By 2030, Thames Chase Community Forest will be recognised as an inspirational example of landscape regeneration where enhanced, connected woodland and green space has made a clear difference to wildlife and peoples’ lives.

Our successful and friendly Programmes Team is dedicated to enabling the creation of the Community Forest on the ground. You will be a key member in a team of four (Programmes Manager and three Programmes Officers) and will play a vital role in delivering a diverse range of projects and engagement activities.

Every member of staff has a pivotal role to play in delivering the Thames Chase Plan. It’s a true team effort, with our Community Forest Director reporting directly to a supportive and engaged Board of Trustees.

ROLE DESCRIPTION - WHAT WILL YOU DO?

Project and programme delivery

  • Work with the Programmes Manager to develop and deliver a programme of engagement and education at the Thames Chase Forest Centre and throughout the Community Forest landscape. 
  • Work with the Programmes Manager to deliver the legacy of the Land of the Fanns Landscape Partnership Scheme through a renewed focus on heritage, culture and engagement across our landscape.
  • Support the Programmes Team with organising a varied programme of practical conservation tasks for the Thames Chase Conservation Volunteers with a diverse range of organisations across the Community Forest landscape.
  • Under the direction of the Programmes Manager, work with your fellow Programmes Officers to deliver the Trees for Climate programme, substantially increasing tree planting and woodland creation activity across Thames Chase.
  • With the Programmes Manager and your fellow Programmes Officers, coordinate management of the Thames Chase Community Tree Nursery, including the engagement of volunteers to support an active programme of maintenance, events, and activities.
  • Support the delivery of the DiscoverMe project. A partnership group of heritage sites promoting heritage, tourism and engagement within Metropolitan Essex.

   
External relations

  • With the agreement of the Programmes Manager, represent Thames Chase on project and programme delivery groups that are seeking to develop landscape-scale regeneration projects and programmes.
  • With your fellow Programmes Officers, sustain positive working relationships with active community groups and projects.
  • Work with the Programmes Manager to sustain good working relationships with landowning and farming organisations, including those engaged in landscape regeneration.

   
Fundraising and marketing

  • Work with the Programmes Manager and your fellow Programmes Officers to identify new funding opportunities to sustain the work of the Programmes Team

   
THE APPROACH YOU WILL NEED AND THE SKILLS AND ATTRIBUTES WE REQUIRE

  • To be an effective team player. Team work will be essential for your role.
  • To quickly gain an understanding of the Thames Chase Plan and the overall functions, aims and objectives of Thames Chase Community Forest.
  • To implement your skills and knowledge in terms of planning and managing events, delivering practical projects on the ground, identifying and applying for funding, engaging communities, managing volunteers and delivering education activities.
  • To quickly gain a working knowledge of the main national and regional organisations which support landscape regeneration and environmental issues.
  • To quickly gain an understanding of the Programmes Team budget and financial procedures.
  • To be familiar with the use of social media, being an effective communicator and able to engage and enthuse others.
  • To be IT proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Google Docs. 
  • To have a Full UK driving licence.
  • To be flexible. There may be a need for occasional evening or weekend working.

   
IN RETURN FOR YOUR DEDICATION TO THE ROLE YOU CAN EXPECT

  • Salary of £25,000 to £27,000
  • 3% Employers pension contribution
  • 28 days annual leave (including 8 bank holidays)
  • Staff discount on Visitor Centre refreshments
  • To be part of a welcoming and enthusiastic team of staff and volunteers, dedicated to the continued creation of Thames Chase Community Forest
  • To work in an attractive environment at the Thames Chase Forest Centre and across some amazing sites within the landscape of the Community Forest

   
Your work hours and work location

  • This is a full-time role (37.5 hours per week) based in the Peter Wilkinson House at the Thames Chase Forest Centre, RM14 3NS. The nature of the role also means that some of your time will be spent working outside across the Community Forest landscape.

   
COULD YOU BE OUR NEXT PROGRAMMES OFFICER?

Your application should comprise a covering letter and comprehensive CV indicating experience against the criteria in the Role Description. Please send your completed application to Aisling Woodhead (Thames Chase Programmes Manager) via email: aisling.woodhead@thameschase.org.uk

CLOSING DATE AND INTERVIEWS

By 23:59, Wednesday 7th December 2022. Interviews will take place on Thursday 15th December 2022.

If you have any queries or would like to discuss this role, please contact: Aisling Woodhead, aisling.woodhead@thameschase.org.uk

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Thank you for your interest in Thames Chase Community Forest

Closing Date: 07/12/2022  Location: Thames Chase Forest Centre, Broadfields, Pike Lane, Upminster, RM14 3NS

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