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Ice Age Ponds Project Officer – Vacancy

Ice Age Ponds Project Officer

Post title:                     Ice Age Ponds Project Officer (geology)

Responsible to:           H&WEHT-appointed contact together with Project Steering Group

Hours  :                       Up to 50 days, timing by mutual agreement, within 12-month period of development phase of project

Status:                         Self-employed consultant

Salary:                         £119/day for a suitably experienced candidate. Candidates requiring more training may be offered more days work at a lower rate

Form of application: Please submit a one-side personal statement outlining your suitability for the job and a CV addressed to the Chair at eht@worc.ac.uk, to arrive by 3 p.m. on Friday 5th October 2018.

Interview date: Friday 12th October at the Earth Heritage Trust offices, Worcester

 

Overall Aim of the Project

The project aims to:

1          Increase our knowledge and understanding of the Kettle Hole landscape of Herefordshire and share that information with local communities, visitors and wider stakeholders

2          Conserve and enhance the heritage of the Kettle Hole landscape through conserving  Kettle Hole sites and enthusing landowners and the wider public to care for them

This project aims to survey and conserve the glacial ‘kettle hole’ ponds of Herefordshire.  These unusual features are geologically fascinating and, due to their unique history, often represent important ecosystems for a variety of plants, invertebrates, amphibians, and mammals, as well as many threatened and rare species.  Our project seeks to work with the communities, schools and landowners within the project area, providing opportunities to learn about and survey these ponds through the acquisition of new skills and ultimately working towards their conservation.

This post concerns the geological aspects of the project and complements a project manager who will be responsible for delivery of the biological aspects of the project.

We are recruiting someone to be involved in the development phase of the project but an extension for a similar post may be available, subject to a successful application, for delivery phase funding.

In particular, the project as a whole will:

  • work with the local communities and between the three project partners – Herefordshire Amphibian and Reptile Team (HART), Herefordshire Wildlife Trust (HWT) – to survey the glacial landscape of Herefordshire.
  • work with the partners and local people to develop their skills in pond surveying, pond wildlife identification, geological assessments and practical conservation management through training and practical action at the ponds;
  • work with landowners to gain access to ponds for survey needs and conservation activities
  • engage with schools in the project area – in collaboration with Herefordshire Wildplay to deliver educational activities including talks to the children, visits to the ponds, arranging pond dipping in the nearby accessible ponds;
  • produce displays, digital presentations and information for roadshows for the communities, including engaging activities for the children and their parents and friends;
  • create information leaflets to describe the project aims and attract active public involvement in the consultation and services offered, and to describe the glacial landscape;
  • arrange regular publicity and updates to the HWT, H&WEHT and HART websites and Facebook, including for example a project diary Blog, project progress video, events updates, species list updates;
  • arrange for up to 8 WildPlay events in the project area;
  • run a Project Launch event;
  • Provide up to 6 training events to develop the skills of the groups in species identification, geological assessments, pond surveying and recording the outcomes to inform;
  • Prepare a Conservation Strategy and 25 Conservation Management Plans

 

Definition of “geological aspects” of the project

“Geological aspects” broadly covers those areas of expertise contributed by the H&WEHT, complementing the biological expertise of HART and HWT.  This includes the glacial geomorphology and sediment substrate, topographic surveying, hydrology and hydrochemistry of ponds, and the appropriate depiction of these features on remotely sensed maps.

Main duties of this post

The role of the EHT Project Officer will be to ensure the successful delivery of the geological aspects of the project Development Phase and specifically:

  • under the guidance of EHT Trustees and staff, and other project partners, to ensure that geological aspects of the Development Phase appropriately support a successful preparation of a stage 2 Heritage Lottery Fund application
  • to develop a good working relationship with the Project manager to coordinate fieldwork and to support their leadership of fieldwork and safety requirements and environmental regulations
  • to support EHT trustees in providing optimal GIS mapping products that are optimal for the project. Leadership of some aspects of this could be available to candidates with appropriate expertise
  • to liaise with University geological partners to effectively deploy their staff and students for the benefit of the HLF project
  • to procure, maintain and supply equipment required for geological observations at pond sites
  • to develop the geological aspects of the training programme for volunteers and to participate extensively in fieldwork alongside volunteers and experienced staff
  • to participate in outreach events organized by the project
  • to compile and maintain a database of the geological aspects of the project including numeric and non-numeric data

Other duties

The post holder will be required to:

  • Undertake health and safety duties commensurate with the post and as detailed in H&WEHT’s Health and Safety policy;
  • Maintain personal and professional development to meet the changing demands of the job and participate in appropriate training activities;
  • Present a positive image of the Herefordshire Wildlife Trust, Herefordshire & Worcestershire Earth Heritage Trust and the Herefordshire Amphibian and Reptile Team and their funding partners, as well as maintaining constructive relationships with other organisations;
  • To work with the Office Administrator to ensure the efficient and professional running of the H&WEHT
  • Undertake such other duties, training and/or hours of work as may be reasonably required, and which are consistent with the general level of responsibility of this job.

Person Specification

Post title:                     Ice Age Ponds Project Officer

Responsible to:           H&WEHT-appointed contact, Conservation Manager, HWT, and HART appointed contact

Hours:                         50 days, timing by mutual agreement within 12-month period of development phase of project

Status:                         Self-employed consultant

Salary:                         £119/day for an experienced candidate.Candidates requiring more training may be offered more days work at a lower rate

 

Knowledge and experience

It is essential that the post holder has:

  • Degree or equivalent experience in geology, physical geography or related discipline
  • Extensive experience of fieldwork

It is desirable that the post holder has:

  • Experience of working with volunteers and contractors;
  • Knowledge of one or more of the following: glacial geomorphology, geographic information systems (GIS), hydrology, water quality.

Skills and abilities

It is essential that the post holder has:

  • Excellent communication, organisational, and people skills;
  • Word processing and spreadsheet skills;

It is desirable that the post holder has:

  • Practical experience of GIS
  • An appreciation of the demands and practicalities of working for a volunteer-based organisation

 

Other

It is essential that the post holder has:

  • A full valid driving licence;