Community Engagement Officer

Our client is looking for an enthusiastic person with exceptional communication and people skills to inspire Orkney's communities and visitors to engage with the Orkney Native Wildlife Project. You will be responsible for the "Native Wildlife Friendly Communities and Tourists" component of the project which will involve giving regular talks about the project, producing a project newsletter and ensuring project presence at Orkney's numerous festivals and agricultural shows. In addition, you will help showcase Orkney's native wildlife to people around the world to via live webcams, hosted on the project website.

Community Engagement Officer
Reference number: A4191118
Location: Orkney
Salary starting at £19,602 - £21,236 per annum
Hours: Full time
Contract: 5 years


You will assist in running community events, workshops and training events for volunteer stoat trapping and native wildlife monitoring along with helping recruit and manage volunteers. You will have a key role in supporting the eradication operation by helping to gain land access permissions through face-to-face engagement with landowners. You will also host the Land Access Working Group, bringing together representatives and stakeholders from across the land management sector in Orkney to manage these important relationships and iron out any issues. In addition, you will be working with tourism providers to deliver training so that Orkney's native wildlife is better understood and promoted and you will lead on creating a Tourism Strategy in conjunction with Destination Orkney. Finally, at the end of the project you will organise a conference and legacy leaflet.

You must have excellent verbal and written communication skills including being an excellent listener. You must be able to formulate clear and concise communications for a range of audiences and using a variety of channels. You must be able to manage multiple workstreams in a timely and efficient manner. You must have a friendly and caring but professional manner, able to be assertive when necessary but to remain calm when dealing with difficult conversations. You will have the confidence and ability to inspire trust and support for the project and an ability to win over hearts and minds. You will have experience of working with local communities, ideally including farmers and landowners, in a collaborative and sensitive way.

The Orkney Native Wildlife Project is a partnership between our client, Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), and Orkney Islands Council. It aims to safeguard the unique and internationally important native wildlife of Orkney now and into the future by addressing the threat it faces from an invasive non-native predator: the stoat.

This role is covered by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act. You will be asked to declare unspent convictions and cautions at offer of employment stage.

Closing date: 6 January 2019
Interview date: 9 January 2019

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