The Wildlife Trusts Job Vacancy: People and Wildlife Officer Secondary - World

Closing date: Friday 20th November 2015 Principal Position – People and Wildlife Officer Secondary Position (o... thumbnail 1 summary
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Closing date: Friday 20th November 2015

Principal Position – People and Wildlife Officer Secondary Position (optional) - Crew Member, St. John Alderney Ambulance Service Position Type: 1 year voluntary placement contract with option of compensated voluntary position with St John's Alderney Ambulance Service Terms of contract: 35hrs.p.w. People and Wildlife Officer / SJAAS (training) 2hrs.p.w. on call approx. 12hrs.p.w (estimated) 

Background
Alderney is the third largest of the Channel Islands. The Alderney Wildlife Trust (AWT) promotes the conservation of Alderney’s terrestrial and marine wildlife and associated habitats.

The People and Wildlife Officer, 2015/16, leads on one of the AWT’s most exciting and progressive projects; LIVE – teaching through nature. LIVE 2015 linked 32 primary schools from across the UK and Crown Dependencies, and brought the wildlife of the Channel Islands into their classrooms. As the People and Wildlife Trust Officer you will work alongside the AWT’s Ecological and Conservation teams; however, you primary role will be to deliver the LIVE 2016 programme which will see you working directly with the Ramsar Officer and Trust Manager.

This is a focused and very high intensity work placement, which will see you take on real responsibilities, challenge you to learn on the job and respond to all types of problems and issues which arise.

In 2015-6 this placement will be offered with the option of a dual role working with the Alderney St. John Ambulance. This is an optional extra to the placement which, should the candidate wish to take it and prove acceptable to the Alderney St. John staff, will mean the candidate receiving higher level first aid training, first-hand experience with medi-care and first response, and once passed qualification could provide an estimated payment of £300 p.m. depending on the number of active shifts worked.

The main duties of the People and Wildlife Officer include:
  • Leading on the development and day-to-day running of LIVE – teaching through nature (HERE) This work will include: 
    • Project management
    • Liaison with both UK and Channel Island Schools (32 schools in total in 2015)
    • Literature creation
    • Responsibility for school recruitment, advertising and funding bids for this project.
  • Supporting the Trust Manager and expert volunteers Install and continue to develop the AWT’s wildlife webcams. 
  • Assisting in the development of the AWT’s educational work and supporting resources.
  • Assisting in the development and delivery of the AWT’s social media programme.
  • Supporting the AWT’s Ramsar Ecologist, which may include elements of field work both on Alderney and on the island’s seabird colonies.
  • Planning and organising AWT fundraising events.
  • Supporting the development of the Alderney Bird Observatory in its start-up year.
The role requires:
  • An ability to engage with children and teachers 
  • The ability to adapt quickly to changing situations
  • Being willing to learn on the job, being intuitive and show initiative. 
  • The ability to work closely with existing staff and volunteers, demonstrating that you can act as part of a team.
The structure of the work placement will be as follows:
  • The person undertaking this role will act as a full-time (placement) member of staff, with all the responsibilities this brings. 
  • The placement runs for one year, with a week’s induction and one month probation period, overseen by the Trust Manager. Placement staff will receive in house training, and there may be opportunity for training courses, dependant on time and resources.
  • The placement includes two return flights (approx. total value £440) or sailings to the UK (one every 6 months of placement completed).
  • Accommodation at the AWTs Essex Farm Field Centre (inclusive of private room, Wi-Fi access, shared kitchen, sitting-room and office facilities), including utilities, will be available with a limited stipend towards accommodation costs (figures to be confirmed with the successful applicant). 
  • The AWT may be able to assist placement staff in securing part time paid work during their time on Alderney, to help with living costs, e.g. working with the Landmark Trust. In addition the placement can apply for a role with Alderney St. John Ambulance upon application.
Essential qualities:
  • Have an understanding of ecology/biology or environmental science equivalent to a B.Sc. 
  • Have experience in public relations or literature production.
  • Have moderate IT skills.
  • Have a strong interest in the development of educational programmes.
  • Have the ability to work in physically testing conditions.
  • Have an outgoing personality and be able to integrate quickly into an established team and the wider tight knit island community. 
  • A sense of humour.
Desirable qualities:
  • Have experience in the management of websites, webcams and video conferencing. 
  • Have experience of ecological survey.
  • Be physically able.
  • Have experience of working on boats.
  • Come prepared to be positive and to be challenged. 
  • Have a first aid qualification
How to Apply
Please download and complete the application form and return it to admin@alderneywildlife.org. The provision of a CV is optional, however, we do ask for a short covering letter (maximum of one side of A4) laying out what you think makes you suitable for this job and what benefit you would take from its undertaking.

If you would like further details regarding the role you can contact manager@alderneywildlife.org or call +44 (0) 1481 822935.

The AWT regrets that as a small charity it may not be able to respond to all applications upon receipt.

Initial interviews will be undertaken by Skype or telephone.

The successful candidate and all other applicants will be informed of the final decision as soon as possible. The successful candidate will be expected to commence the placement at the earliest possible opportunity.


Contact details:
How to Apply
Please download and complete the application form and return it to admin@alderneywildlife.org. The provision of a CV is optional, however, we do ask for a short covering letter (maximum of one side of A4) laying out what you think makes you suitable for this job and what benefit you would take from its undertaking.


If you would like further details regarding the role you can contact manager@alderneywildlife.org or call +44 (0) 1481 822935.

The AWT regrets that as a small charity it may not be able to respond to all applications upon receipt.

Initial interviews will be undertaken by Skype or telephone.

The successful candidate and all other applicants will be informed of the final decision as soon as possible. The successful candidate will be expected to commence the placement at the earliest possible opportunity.
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