Daily Archives: October 10, 2014

Development Support Officer

Organisation: The Wildlife Trusts
Salary: c. £16,000 dependant on skills
Reference: NTXHQ38079
Location: Newark, Nottinghamshire
Hours: Full Time
Position type: Paid
Contract: Fixed Term Contract
Closing date: Wed 29 October 14

Development Support Officer
Newark
Salary Circa £16,000 dependant on skills

Fixed term contract until 31 May 2015

Our client, a conservation charity, is currently looking for someone ideally educated to a degree level but with a commitment to their cause. The role required is to provide support across a number of new exciting developmental initiatives.

The ideal candidate will have administration experience and sounds knowledge of office systems. You will have excellent communication, negotiation and interpersonal skills and be comfortable communicating with a wide variety of audiences. A good level of IT literacy is essential as is organisation skills, good research skills and a clear and precise writing style.

If you want to contribute to making a real difference, we would like to hear from you.

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Northern Living Landscapes Voluntary Trainee

Organisation: Yorkshire Wildlife Trust
Salary: Voluntary
Location: York
Hours: Part Time
Position type: Volunteer
Contract: Fixed Term Contract
Closing date: Fri 14 November 14
Website: www.ywt.org.uk
Contact name: Jo Meays
Contact telephone: 01904 659570
Contact email:

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust seeks to create ‘Living Landscapes’ in which wildlife can thrive. Set within these in the northern region are 30 nature reserves which we manage. You will be assisting the living landscape team in management planning – including research, writing and developing plans, and practical application. This will involve use of the Countryside Management System database. You may also help to prepare and administer funding schemes and contract works as well as other living landscapes administration, interpretation and visitor works. Alongside these main tasks, there will be the opportunity to do practical conservation work, ecological surveys and monitoring, assist with our grazing stock, gain experience engaging with volunteer groups and help arrange events. This is a great chance to experience nature conservation from a living landscapes perspective.

This role is for 6 – 12 months, 3 days a week, so you can still study or work part time, and comes with a training budget to attend relevant external training courses, a varied internal training program for trainees to get involved in. We provide reasonable travel expenses at £120 a month for a 3 day placement (approx £10 a day).

Closing date: Friday 14th November 2014, by noon

Interview date: Wednesday 3rd December 2014

Start date:- Early January 2015

To apply please use the link to our webpage or email jo.meays@ywt.org.uk


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Natural Talent UK Traineeship – Lichens as Air Quality Indicators

Based in Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

The Conservation Volunteers is the UK’s leading practical conservation charity working with people from all sectors of the community in positive action to improve the environment.

Natural Talent UK aims to increase expertise across the whole of the UK to protect our less well known species and create awareness of the habitats that supports them. The programme responds to identified skills shortages in the conservation sector by providing trainees with the opportunity to develop an expertise in a specific taxonomic group, habitat or a mixture of both. Natural Talent UK will also increase the capacity of volunteers and communities to play an active role in surveying, mapping and taking an action to increase the biodiversity value of their local places.

The project contributes to the Edinburgh Living Landscapes Initiative, which aims to improve Edinburgh’s green infrastructure as well as to deliver active community engagement through participation in biodiversity and ecosystem service projects. This project will use the John Hope Gateway at RBGE to deliver a series of public workshops in the identification and use of lichen pollution indicators, seeking to engage > 100 local champions as volunteers contributing information on lichen diversity and pollution levels for their local communities. At least 5 hard-to-access, marginalised communities will be directly targeted for engagement using common meeting places such as libraries, churches, community centres as well as street stalls.

This training at RBGE will include access to MSc-level courses in specialist skills, as well as close mentoring by RBGE staff, combined with computing and library facilities, personal lab-space and access to the RBGEs herbarium and first-class microscopy. The project will provide training in fieldwork and survey methods, alongside transferable skills training in data analysis and the methodological development biodiversity indicators.

Details of the essential skills and experience required for this post can be found in the Job Description on the TCV website. Please read this carefully before you submit an application.

THIS PROJECT IS FUNDED BY THE ESMÉE FAIRBAIRN FOUNDATION

A full driving licence is required

This post is subject to a CRB check.

For further information and to apply, please click on ‘More information’ below. Alternatively, email recruitment@tcv.org.uk or call 01302 388844.

Closing date for completed applications: 31st October 2014

Interview date: 11th December 2014 at: RBGE, 20a Inverleith Row, Edinburgh

Return completed application form and a 2 PAGE CV to John Mc Farlane, TCV Scotland, 24 Allan Park, Stirling, Scotland, FK8 2QG.
Email: j.mcfarlane@tcv.org.uk .

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Natural Talent UK Traineeship – Saproxylic Insects

The Conservation Volunteers is the UK’s leading practical conservation charity working with people from all sectors of the community in positive action to improve the environment.

Natural Talent UK aims to increase expertise across the whole of the UK to protect our less well known species and create awareness of the habitats that supports them. The programme responds to identified skills shortages in the conservation sector by providing trainees with the opportunity to develop an expertise in a specific taxonomic group, habitat or a mixture of both. Natural Talent UK will also increase the capacity of volunteers and communities to play an active role in surveying, mapping and taking an action to increase the biodiversity value of their local places.

In the UK, forest area has declined from around 75% of the land area 6,000 years ago to less than 12% today. Saproxylic insects are dependent during part of their life cycle upon dead or dying wood or wood-inhabiting fungi and, as such, are considered good indicators of forest quality. In Britain, approximately 7% of all native animals are saproxylic and almost a half of these are beetles (700 species). A significant proportion of the UKs saproxylic fauna is considered of conservation interest.

The apprenticeship will be based in the Hope Entomological Collections (Life Collections, Oxford University Museum of Natural History), with field work focusing on the University’s Wytham Woods. The apprentice will be given opportunity to undertake short placements at other UK Museums, local wildlife groups and the Biological Records Centre, CEH Wallingford. The project will focus on the Saproxylic Insect fauna of Wytham Woods, extracting data from the Museum’s collections, archives and library to produce an annotated inventory of the site. In addition, field work will be undertaken throughout the year testing a variety of sampling methods to provide modern comparative data.

The apprentice will work with the Museums award winning Public Engagement team to develop educational resources and public activities on the value, conservation and ecology of saproxylic insects. In addition, the apprentice will work with the Community & Outreach team developing and delivering educational activities to targeted audiences.

Details of the essential skills and experience required for this post can be found in the Job Description on the TCV website. Please read this carefully before you submit an application.

THIS PROJECT IS FUNDED BY THE ESMÉE FAIRBAIRN FOUNDATION

A full driving licence is required

This post is subject to a CRB check.

For further information and to apply, please click on ‘More information’ below. Alternatively, email recruitment@tcv.org.uk or call 01302 388844.

Closing date for completed applications: 31st October 2014

Interview date: 4th December 2014 at: Oxford University Museum of Natural History

Return completed application form and a 2 PAGE CV to <John Mc Farlane, TCV Scotland, 24 Allan Park, Stirling, Scotland, FK8 2QG. j.mcfarlane@tcv.org.uk .

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Natural Talent UK Traineeship – Marine Non Native Species

Based in Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh

The Conservation Volunteers is the UK’s leading practical conservation charity working with people from all sectors of the community in positive action to improve the environment.

Natural Talent UK aims to increase expertise across the whole of the UK to protect our less well known species and create awareness of the habitats that supports them. The programme responds to identified skills shortages in the conservation sector by providing trainees with the opportunity to develop an expertise in a specific taxonomic group, habitat or a mixture of both. Natural Talent UK will also increase the capacity of volunteers and communities to play an active role in surveying, mapping and taking an action to increase the biodiversity value of their local places.

This opportunity will allow the trainee to develop skills in field sampling, surveying and preservation of appropriate voucher material for downstream analysis. The trainee will learn how to use different techniques for confirming the ID of INNS, e.g. by morphological, ecological and also by molecular methods where appropriate.

The trainee will have the opportunity to take part in GIS training for the plotting and analysis of records of INNS gathered from a range of different sources to help provide summarized information for decision makers. The trainee will also be trained in appropriate recording procedures and how to upload relevant information onto appropriate biodiversity portals and databases such as NBN gateway, iRecord & genbank.

It is anticipated that the trainee will spend a period of time assisting with ongoing monitoring surveys underway in Orkney and Shetland for INNS. Some of this information is being used to help develop Biosecurity Plans for this region.

The trainee will also assist with the development of ID guides and literature for the wider audience so that awareness is raised regarding marine INNS. They would have the opportunity to work with key stakeholders and with members of the public through ID workshops or survey opportunities. This could take the form of joining in with ongoing monitoring surveys or also to develop specific surveys for areas that have not yet been surveyed e.g. the new pier in Stromness. There would be the opportunity in Orkney to work with students form the university, to work with local groups such as Orkney Field Club, Orkney Snorkel Group and the Orkney Sub Aqua Club. There could also be the chance to arrange a marine Bioblitz or to work alongside organisations such as Orkney Islands Council as part of their regular series of surveys to share knowledge on INNS.

Details of the essential skills and experience required for this post can be found in the Job Description on the TCV website. Please read this carefully before you submit an application.

THIS PROJECT IS FUNDED BY THE ESMÉE FAIRBAIRN FOUNDATION

A full driving licence is required

This post is subject to a CRB check.

For further information and to apply, please click on ‘More information’ below. Alternatively, email recruitment@tcv.org.uk or call 01302 388844.

Closing date for completed applications: 31st October 2014

Interview date: 12th December 2014 at: Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh.

Return completed application form and a 2 page CV to John Mc Farlane, TCV Scotland, 24 Allan Park, Stirling, Scotland, FK8 2QG
Email: j.mcfarlane@tcv.org.uk

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Natural Talent UK Traineeship – Marine Diatoms

Based in World Museum Liverpool

The Conservation Volunteers is the UK’s leading practical conservation charity working with people from all sectors of the community in positive action to improve the environment.

Natural Talent UK aims to increase expertise across the whole of the UK to protect our less well known species and create awareness of the habitats that supports them. The programme responds to identified skills shortages in the conservation sector by providing trainees with the opportunity to develop an expertise in a specific taxonomic group, habitat or a mixture of both. Natural Talent UK will also increase the capacity of volunteers and communities to play an active role in surveying, mapping and taking an action to increase the biodiversity value of their local places.

Diatoms are at the base of the marine food web and are the primary food and energy source for the marine ecosystem. Changes to their populations can have a disastrous effect on the health and well being of our seas. Diatoms are highly sensitive indicators of environmental change and are used extensively in routine environmental monitoring of watercourses. They are one of the key components for monitoring water bodies in the Water Framework Directive. Due to their excellent fossil record they are widely used in reconstructing former climate regimes.

In-house training at World Museum will combine specialist advice with access to laboratory, microscopy, collection, computing and library facilities. The trainee will become immersed in the fascinating world of diatom identification, taxonomy, ecology and biogeography. They will undertake fieldwork and be introduced to a range of different habitat and community sampling methods. To provide a broader contextual training, survey sites will include marine and freshwater habitats. Transferable skills will include: data analysis, methodological development of biodiversity indicators and taxonomic principles.

World Museum attracts c. 700,000 visitors per year. The trainee will develop public engagement skills by participating and delivering family friendly community events in the museum’s Aquarium and interactive, hands on, Clore Natural History Centre. Dock Watch events will also be undertaken on the Liverpool waterfront adjacent to NML’s Maritime Museum.

Details of the essential skills and experience required for this post can be found in the Job Description on the TCV website. Please read this carefully before you submit an application.

THIS PROJECT IS FUNDED BY THE ESMÉE FAIRBAIRN FOUNDATION

A full driving licence is desirable.

This post is subject to a CRB check.

For further information and to apply, please click on ‘More information’ below. Alternatively, email recruitment@tcv.org.uk or call 01302 388844.

Closing date for completed applications: 31st October 2014

Interview date: 2nd December 2014 at: World Museum, William Brown St, Liverpool, Merseyside L3 8EN

Return completed application form and a 2 PAGE CV to John Mc Farlane, TCV Scotland, 24 Allan Park, Stirling, Scotland, FK8 2QG.
Email: j.mcfarlane@tcv.org.uk

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Schools Officer, Leeds

Organisation: Sustrans
Salary: £21,321 – £23,864 pa
Reference: SUS1304
Location: Leeds
Hours: Full Time
Position type: Paid
Contract: Fixed Term Contract
Closing date: Mon 27 October 14
Website: www.sustrans.org.uk

Sustrans, the charity that’s enabling people to travel by foot, bike or public transport for more of the journeys we make every day, is seeking to fill the following key vacancy:

Schools Officer, Leeds
£21,321 – £23,864 per annum (dependent on relevant skills and experience)
37.5 hours per week – contract to 31 March 2016 – based in Leeds

The exciting challenges of this role include the promotion of sustainable and active travel principally to 9-13 year olds at selected schools in east and North West Leeds as part of a package of measures to increase the number of pupils, parents and school staff who cycle, walk and make use of public transport for local journeys.

Ideally, educated to degree level or equivalent, you will have experience of working with children and young people, of partnership working within a community-based or environmental project and have the ability to build strong working relationships. Your enthusiasm will be motivational to others and your excellent written and verbal communication will complement your strong organisational skills. IT literacy is essential as is an understanding of school settings and the health benefits of active travel. You will also be committed to active travel and the promotion of sustainable transport. DBS Enhanced Disclosure clearance is mandatory for this role.

Please click on ‘More information’ below for further information and application details.

Alternatively, please email jobs@sustrans.org.uk or ring our recruitment line on 0117 915 0325. Please quote reference number.

Closing date for the receipt of completed applications is 9am on Monday 27 October 2014. Interviews will take place in Leeds on Monday 10 November 2014.

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Energy and Fuel Poverty Officer

Organisation: Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council
Salary: £17,850 pa
Reference: 2228
Location: Dudley, West Midlands
Hours: Full Time
Position type: Paid
Contract: Fixed Term Contract
Closing date: Fri 17 October 14
Website: www.changeagents.org.uk
Contact name: Dan Curry
Contact telephone: 01572723419
Contact email:

Background

Change Agents UK will for this coming winter be delivering Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council’s home energy advice visits. Dudley have a well-developed network of partners who all feed referrals into a central “hub”, offering support to those most vulnerable to rising fuel prices. If a resident is thought to require a home visit, the referrals will be fed through to Change Agents UK, who will act swiftly to reduce their energy bills as much as possible in one visit. Visits will include applying for funding such as Energy Company Obligation (ECO) for infrastructural measures, ensuring residents are on the correct tariffs and benefiting from the warm home discount, through to teaching people to better manage their energy use for heating and appliances. All members of staff will strive to save on average £230 in each property visited.

Objective

Working closely with Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council and the home energy advice team to deliver energy audits in people’s homes and advice to the public. This role is vital to ensure that those most vulnerable have access to bespoke home energy advice and an audit to ensure affordable warmth.

Benefits of this opportunity

This scheme offers the successful applicants a chance to gain real life experience of delivering affordable warmth programmes and working with a broad range of stakeholders. Upon completion of the contract, successful candidates will have developed a strong working knowledge of policy and interventions designed to increase energy efficiency and reduce fuel poverty. Although candidates who have already completed a City and Guilds level 3 qualification in Energy Awareness are preferred, those without have the opportunity to complete this paid for by Change Agents UK.

Future employment potential

The experience gained through the project will give the post holder an excellent insight into the growing sector and will ensure they are well placed to pursue future employment in the field of energy efficiency. Many graduates who have benefited from similar roles have gone on to work for consultancies, government and local authorities.

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Coastal Processes Senior Scientist

Organisation: Cefas
Salary: £33,092 – £38,870 pa
Reference: 1429389
Location: Lowestoft, Suffolk
Hours: Full Time
Position type: Paid
Contract: Permanent
Closing date: Fri 24 October 14

Cefas is seeking a highly-motivated coastal scientist to conduct research for Cefas’s coastal science portfolio, the science base of which includes applications to build and operate new coastally sited nuclear power stations and infrastructure.

You will contribute to an integrated programme of marine physical, chemical and biological studies, addressing issues ranging from the effects of construction, cooling water abstraction and thermo-chemical discharges on the marine environment, to advice on the siting of infrastructure and environmentally-derived operational risks. The coastal geomorphology and oceanography component of the portfolio considers how developments and associated coastal defences will impact the nearshore zone, including potential impacts on ecology, sediment transport and coastal configuration. It also examines changes to coastal processes and coastal morphology, including extreme events (> 100 years) to inform both design and the regulatory processes.

You will have skills and clear evidence of experience in the field of coastal dynamics and geomorphology; knowledge of coastal engineering is also desirable.

You will be responsible for developing and delivering high-level cutting edge science that enables our customers to construct and operate their power stations with minimal environmental impact.
You will be required to synthesize large datasets from a variety of sources and conduct advanced analyses on these. You will demonstrate a good track record in production of peer-reviewed reports to a high standard, and be able to communicate effectively with project colleagues (numerical modellers, ecologists), our clients, other environmental consultants and regulators.
You will work effectively within a team structure and also develop and/or lead new work as required.

Your skills and general outlook will permit you to confidently expand into new areas and/or undertake new tasks that are beyond your present field of experience. Excellent written English is essential.

The post offers the opportunity to develop new scientific approaches to acquire new evidence, perform field work and disseminate scientific outputs.

You will also contribute to both project management activities, including management of subcontractors, and delivery of the science tasks.

You ideally will have a higher degree and relevant experience in an appropriate coastal dynamics, geomorphology or coastal engineering discipline. You must have a strong and demonstrable understanding of coastal systems and coastal processes.

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Previous applicants need not apply.

Closing date for applications is 24th October 2014.


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Chief Executive

Walworth Garden Farm is dedicated to working with the local community to increase the understanding of organic and ecological issues, contributing to sustainable development in London and improving the local green environment. We are looking for a confident and effective self-starter to be our new Chief Executive, who will shape the development and growth of this long-standing local charity.

The role will lead the development of the strategy, working closely with the board of Trustees, will drive the delivery of our services, and open new opportunities by developing new relationships with funders, communities, and partner organisations. The ideal candidate will share our commitment to the positive impacts of horticultural and ecological engagement for individuals, communities, and society.

They will have a passion for improving people’s lives and the society we live in, and will ground that in their experience of leading teams to deliver on strategic and operational objectives, as well as having experience of negotiating and securing funding.

We are looking for an innovator, persistent in pursuing funding leads and opportunities for the Farm through compelling communication with partners, volunteers, and staff. Their style of leadership will be open and collaborative and they will have a flair for problem solving.

Based at the Garden Farm in Southwark, the role offers a great opportunity to shape the development of a long-standing local charity that is immensely supporting and transformative for the students and local communities we work with.

The role is initially a 12 month fixed-term position, to secure and sustain the operations and financial position of the charity. The salary is £35,000 – £40,000 pro rata, depending on experience, and we are happy to explore salary and contractual options with candidates with exceptional experience and skill.

CLOSING DATE Friday 31st October – 5pm
INTERVIEWS Friday 14th November

To apply please click on ‘More information’ below, or for further information please contact Marc Davies, Chair of Trustees, at marc@walworthgardenfarm.org.uk

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