We are looking for an enthusiastic Project Officer to run community engagement projects delivering real freshwater biodiversity gains in the Oxford area, a nationally significant Important Freshwater Area. You will be putting into action an exciting new programme of practical conservation work helping local communities to protect freshwater habitats and species, which the UK Climate Change Committee has highlighted as an urgent national priority. Your work will focus particularly on wetland plants at risk of UK-wide extinction and on biodiversity rich ponds, fens and floodplain wetlands, protection and creation of which Freshwater Habitats Trust research has shown are critical for stopping and reversing the decline of freshwater biodiversity. You should have experience of helping communities to become involved in nature conservation, including working with conservation volunteers and/or disadvantaged communities, and ideally including practical experience of project delivery on land owned by partner organisations. Candidates should be able to demonstrate knowledge of freshwater ecosystems. There will also be opportunities to develop your own skills working with our wide range of practical, policy and research projects.

Freshwater Habitats Trust is a friendly, well respected conservation charity developing new approaches to protecting freshwater biodiversity through practical, evidence-based and effective nature conservation projects. This post is supported by the Green Recovery Challenge Fund, the Heritage Lottery Fund and Thames Water.

Community Engagement Officer – Protecting Oxfordshire’s Freshwater Biodiversity
£25,000-£27,000 p/a depending on experience

Full time. Fixed term contract until 31st March 2023 (possibility of extension/conversion to permanent contract)

An Application pack is available from our website https://freshwaterhabitats.org.uk/about/jobs/

No CVs or agencies please.

Closing date:  Noon Tuesday 30th November

Interview date: Thursday 9th December