The purpose of this project is to promote and celebrate the natural and historic heritage of the River Tees. The integrity and enjoyment of the natural environment is currently threatened by an increasing abundance of giant hogweed, an introduced invasive non-native species. Giant hogweed creates large mono-cultures which adversely affects the biodiversity of an area. It is also phototoxic; the sap is able to cause severe burns to exposed skin. This project will take a whole catchment approach to managing this issue through a process of intelligence gathering, direct action, education and restoration. It will slow and reverse the loss of biodiversity caused by the spread of giant hogweed throughout the Tees catchment and increase river access and amenity value. The project will also monitor and where necessary, aid regeneration of native flora.
The Tees Rivers Trust has an established track record in delivering invasive non-native species control projects, within the river Tees catchment area. We are also working alongside the internationally renowned research group CABI on field trials for the biological control of Japanese knotweed and Himalayan balsam.
The work of the project officer will include; working closely with the project Coordinator to deliver all aspects of this four year Heritage Lottery Funded project.
Proficient in the use of social media for running campaigns, you will help lead on an innovative approach to build support and capacity for the project. Knowledge and experience of running crowd-source funding campaigns, both on line as well as face to face through presentations will also be an advantage to you.
You will also be able to use GIS systems, in particular ARC as the job will require you to regularly update the Trust’ INNS mapping information.
The role requires common sense, a practical approach, ability to work under pressure and alone as well as a love of the outdoors and nature. The project officer will often be working on uneven ground and steep riverbanks and will be expected to evaluate the risk sensibly and accordingly. They will also help to further develop and maintain a volunteer network for controlling giant hogweed, including; training, organising, and leading and motivate volunteers on practical work projects.
The position is for an initial four years fixed term contract, with the possibility of this being extended, depending upon funding. The post holder will assist the coordinator in identifying and applying for such funding.
For full details, please see the attached job description below.
To apply please send your curriculum vitae along with a covering letter that states the name of the post ‘Operation Hogweed - Project Officer' why you wish to apply for the post and the qualities that you would bring to the role. These should be either emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or posted to; Tees Rivers Trust, The Clocktower, South Park, Darlington, Co. Durham DL1 5TG. Closing date is 5pm on Thursday 21st February 2019.
Interviews will be held on 1st of March 2019 at the above address.