Advertised Salary: £27,381
** Exciting Fixed Term Project Officer Opportunity - Green Recovery Challenge Fund - West Midlands **
The Canal & River Trust owns and manages 2,000 miles of waterways, with some of the greatest built and natural heritage in the world. We are looking for a Water Vole recovery project officer to transform both their own career and the environment around them for the better. Would you like to be part of a team that makes a difference across a 50km green and blue corridor? We are looking for a person who can transform an area and bring nature into areas to connect with people. Do you want to be part of the recovery of some of our most iconic species, habitats, and a landscape that will eventually link internationally important designated sites to some of our most nature - deprived inner city areas?
We've received a grant of £1.7 million from the Government’s Green Recovery Challenge Fund, a multi-million pound boost for green jobs and nature recovery. Our partnership will develop a nature recovery network across the West Midlands canals. Our work will deliver environmental enhancements including the creation of wildlife corridors reconnecting fragmented habitat for endangered species such as water voles. 50kms of canals will be improved linking seven nature reserves. Seven SSSIs will be enhanced, a 20km community orchard will be planted between Birmingham and Wolverhampton and canals around the Commonwealth Games sites will be improved, helping to make it the greenest games ever.
The Canal & River Trust own and manage 63 SSSI’s. This project is focusing on 7 of these sites locate within the West Midlands region and will cover a wide range of special interests from amphibians to birds, rare aquatic plants to earth heritage geological sites. Managing an allocated budget, you will oversee the positive management and enhancement work to these Special Sites. A key objective of this role shall be working together with all stakeholders on our SSSI’s and producing management plans and monitoring regimes in the interest of moving them into, or maintaining favourable status.
The canal project will also form a partnership with the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom, supporting up to 500 schools with environmental learning, to inspire the next generation. Walsall, Wolverhampton and Worcestershire local authorities are all part of the partnership.
We are looking for an experienced Ecologist to join us for his is an exciting opportunity to be at the forefront of creating priority habitats and recovering nature on a landscape scale project. You will provide the Trust with technical expertise in their specialism (Ecology, bioengineering, habitat creation, water vole conservation) for the West midland’s region.
Join us and our Green Recovery Team to deliver our Green Recovery Challenge Plan ahead of the Commonwealth Games in 2022. This is a 14 month Fixed Term opportunity based remotely, working from home with one of the UK's biggest charities. Join us as we roll out a plan to help our communities & nature to thrive on our West Midlands Waterways.
The role will be based working from home, with the allocation of a nearby Hub for collaborative working in Birmingham
About the role:
Did you now that water voles were once common on the midlands waterways? Our water vole populations decline is well documented, this project will have the objective of recovering this enigmatic waterway mammal through population monitoring, mink monitoring, wetland habitat creation, improving the canal banks diversity, improving water quality and developing citizen science approach conservation projects.
As Ecologist for the Waterways & Water Voles project you will be working with colleagues,external partners & groups to create priority habitats for nature in communities near Commonwealth Games 2022 sites and other conurbations connected by the green and blue corridor from Worcester to South Staffordshire. As our local expert you will work proactively and collaboratively with all colleagues to delivery this exciting, funded project. You will support and implement the Trust’s protection, improvement and promotion of the natural and historic built environment of the waterways; and provide professional services within to help the Trust achieve its objectives as a waterways and wellbeing charity.
You will be a passionate and effective advocate for our waterways, with an understanding and interest in how to effectively recover water vole populations and enhance our waterways for biodiversity gain. There is a budget for effective monitoring, assessment and habitat creation work.
Knowledge, Experience & Skills:
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What We Offer:
You will have access to many skilled colleagues in many disciplines, with an opportunity to develop skills in many new fields alongside ecologists, environmental scientist’s, heritage advisors, engineering, contract management, GIS and enterprise managers to ensure the project is delivered and is sustainable going forward with the additional resources required.
In addition to your salary of £27,381 plus Car Cash Allowance, the Canal & River Trust offers a competitive contributory DC Pension scheme arrangement, great holiday entitlement (increasing with years of service) and numerous other employee benefits, including several salary sacrifice benefits, all of which can be found here.
We aim to represent the diverse communities we are part of and welcome applicants from across all sectors of the community. We strongly believe that a diverse workforce brings with it a diversity of ideas, thinking and ways of working which enhances what we do. All candidates will be treated on the basis of their merits, skills and abilities and solely by being assessed against the requirements for the job.
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Closing Date: 26/10/2021 Location: Working from home, with the allocation of a nearby Hub for collaborative working in Birmingham