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New Life on the Old West Project Officer

New Life on the Old West Project Officer

Closing date for applications: 05 February 2018

Based: Ely, Cambridgeshire (with some home-working possible)
Hours: Full-time (35 hours per week), 12 month initial contract with 3 year possible extension
Salary: In the range of £27,669 - £32,486 per annum

Cambridgeshire ACRE has received £99,000 funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund for the ‘New Life on the Old West’ project, allowing us to develop this project throughout 2018 working towards a full grant application of £729,900 to deliver the project from 2019 until 2022.

The project aims to improve public understanding of the vulnerable biodiversity in the landscape around the Cambridgeshire Fens’ Old West River, whilst developing demonstration sites to showcase new ways of working on the area’s community green spaces and ditch network.

This role supports the successful delivery of the project by working with partners to oversee and co-ordinate the development of the New Life on the Old West Project and its sub-projects, ensuring all aspects, including key partners’ delivery and co-delivery are fully developed in order to achieve successful delivery of habitat improvements across the landscape and the associated community engagement and learning programme during the subsequent delivery phase.

The role-holder will lead on the development and timely submission of the Heritage Lottery Fund Second Stage Application. This will include leading on delivering the required Activity Plan and Management & Maintenance Plan. He/she will also oversee the commissioning and delivery of two pieces of consultancy work that will feed into the HLF application and set-up project processes including the development of a robust monitoring and evaluation for the project delivery.

The successful applicant is likely to have experience of delivering conservation/ecology programmes in a wetland/lowland environment; ideas and expertise to take forward this innovative approach to landscape scale conservation; and experience of coordinating and/or delivering conservation projects in a community setting.

You‘ll need skills in a wide range of areas including project development and management; working with landowners, community groups and volunteers; and promotion/marketing, coupled with strong interpersonal skills, excellent IT skills, the ability to talk confidently to a wide range of people at all levels and first-class written skills.

For a full job description and person specification please go to the Cambridgeshire ACRE website,