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Senior Project Officer

Location: Reading

Hours: 35 per week

Salary: £20,000 per annum

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Every day TCV works across the UK to create healthier and happier communities for everyone - communities where our activities have a lasting impact on people's health, prospects and outdoor places.

Based at the TCV office in Reading and working in the town, this exciting role supports TCV in enabling people and communities to improve their health, prospects and outdoor places. We have an outstanding track record of delivering conservation and community projects across Reading and we want to build on this whilst continuing to meet the needs of our diverse communities, existing and potential partners and becoming a beacon of best practice for us nationally.

This role, working 35 hours per week, is focused on delivering an outstanding volunteering experience for our participants across the local area. You will be a strong team player with a can-do approach, bringing creativity and innovation to the team.

The post holder will support the Operations Leader in delivering the TCV Strategic Plan including business development and fundraising.

The post holder’s role will include:
• Delivery of the Earley Charity funded Reading Green Action Project.
• Leading the Reading Bio-diversity Action Team and ensure participants receive an excellent volunteering experience.
• Build upon more than 12 years of partnership work with the Earley Charity, local authority partners and other local third sector organisations.
• Developing and planning weekly practical project work through liaising with partners and land managers.
• Marketing to enable success and significantly raise our profile in the vicinity.
• Recruiting and developing Volunteer Officers to support the project.
• Supporting the Operations Leader in delivering TCV’s Strategic Plan including business development and fundraising.

Experience required:
• Co-ordinating volunteers.
• Planning and leading practical conservation projects.
• Working with partner organisations to deliver community projects.
• Working with community groups.
• Running educational sessions.
• Knowledge of practical conservation, countryside management and horticultural skills.
• Community development experience.
• The ability to communicate effectively with people with varying abilities and levels of influence.

The Conservation Volunteers supports a flexible approach to determining the actual days and hours worked by the post holder, although they will be expected to remain flexible with their workdays, as delivery times may vary from week to week and will include some weekend and evening work.

The successful candidate will have previous experience of working with volunteers, school groups and community groups. Knowledge of practical conservation, countryside management and horticultural skills. Our projects work with volunteers and people with a wide variety of ages, abilities and backgrounds. The successful candidate is likely to have experience of working with many sectors of the community delivering diverse activities.

The post holder will work as part of The Conservation Volunteers team which runs the TCV Reading office and delivers outreach work across Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, and Southern Oxfordshire. We are a small team of staff & volunteers, supporting each other on all areas of work.

A full manual driving licence is required as the post holder will have to drive one of the Reading office’s fleet of vans.

A bit more about us

We recognise that each community and the people living there have different needs. Whether improving wellbeing, conserving a well-loved outdoor space or bringing people together to promote social cohesion and combat loneliness, TCV works together with communities to deliver practical solutions to the real life challenges they face.

For over 60 years we have adapted our work with volunteers to reflect the changing needs of communities in the UK and, by giving people a sense of purpose and belonging, we have empowered them to take control of their lives and outdoor spaces for the benefit of all.

Whilst our activities vary, our inclusive approach has remained consistent; bringing people and places together to create happy, healthy and connected communities for everyone.

A full, clean or near clean UK driving licence is required for this post, which has been held for a minimum of one year.

Closing date for completed applications is Midnight 14/02/2022

Criminal Record Check:

This post is subject to an Enhanced DBS Check

As this post requires a Criminal Record Check, please view TCV's Ex-Offender Policy.

Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults and Children

Safeguarding is everyone's responsibility, and all employees are required to act in such a way that always safeguards the health and wellbeing of children and vulnerable adults. Familiarisation with, and adherence to, the organisational Safeguarding policies and procedures is an essential requirement of all employees, as is participation in related mandatory training.

Equal Opportunities

We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their race, sex, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation, or age.

Employing non-British Nationals

You must be legally able to work in the UK and have the correct clearance/Visa documents to prove your Right to Work in the UK.

Please note:

Unfortunately, due to the necessity to keep our costs down we are not able to respond to everyone who applies to our vacancies.
Interviews will be held on TBC TBC.
Therefore, if you do not hear from us by this date, please assume that you have been unsuccessful on this occasion.

You can download an application form in Adobe Acrobat format or Word format and you can download a full job description for this post here.

Alternatively you can request an application pack via email

Completed applications forms must be returned to Tim Hills by email by 14/02/2022.

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