Job Title: Sevenoaks Greensand Commons People Engagement Officer
Contract type: Fixed term until 30th June 2022
Hours: 15 hours a week
Closing Date: 3rd January 2021 at 5pm
Interview Date: W/c 18th January 2021
Salary: Up to £27,844 pa pro rata
Based at: Sevenoaks – Sevenoaks District Council’s Argyle Road Offices
Globally and nationally wildlife is in steep decline. We appear to be reaching critical tipping points around the loss of biodiversity as well as around climate change, both being interlinked. Human society cannot prosper without wildlife and healthy ecosystems.
Kent’s wildlife needs to be restored to much higher levels. We can no longer allow common things to become rare. We can only do this by restoring large-scale habitat from degraded land. Doing this will contribute to solving global problems. But we won’t be able to do this unless we publicly aspire to a higher level of impact and show that we can deliver this.
The Job: Sevenoaks District Council (SDC), working with Kent Wildlife Trust (KWT), has been awarded a grant of £483,600 through the National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF) for the restoration and enhancement of the natural heritage of the Sevenoaks Greensand Commons for present and future generations. With match funding the project budget is £712,570.
The Sevenoaks Greensand Commons cover an area of nearly 300ha over 8 key project sites around 3 clusters; Seal, Sevenoaks and Westerham. They form part of a greensand ridge that stretches through Southern England. Historically, these common lands developed unique wildlife habitats and a rich cultural history, which are steadily becoming lost and forgotten.
This role is responsible for engaging a wide variety of people to discover and value the Sevenoaks Greensand Commons project sites and nurture an interest in their ongoing stewardship.
You will work closely with Sevenoaks District Council (SDC) and KWT staff, stakeholders, and delivery partners. This includes skilled and enthusiastic local volunteers with a wide range of specialisms encouraging the furthering and sharing of the unique resources of the commons.
This is an exciting delivery role within Kent Wildlife Trust, one which puts you at the heart of our vision for connected landscapes and offers you the chance to build on your existing project management and partnership working skills to deliver a project which will have significant benefits to the landscape, people and wildlife of the Sevenoaks Greensand Commons for now and for future generations.
The role will require some evening and weekend working and the successful applicant may be required to undertake a DBS check.
For an application pack and to apply, visit our website at www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk.
For an informal discussion about this role, please contact Andrew Willmore on 07720 093128 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Kent Wildlife Trust Group is Wild About Inclusion. To us, this means inspiring, empowering and engaging people from all backgrounds, cultures, identities and abilities, to change the natural world for the better.
It also means cultivating inclusive workspaces that are free from discrimination, where differences are celebrated, everyone can be themselves and flourish, just like nature!