Colne Valley Rivers and Wetlands Officer
The post holder will be responsible for managing this project which is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and forms part of the wider project, “The Colne Valley – A Landscape on the Edge.”
The aims of this project are twofold:
- Preventing water voles from becoming extinct in the Colne Valley.
- To achieve integrated management of fisheries, which balances providing satisfying angling opportunities with conserving and increasing biodiversity, to the benefit of the wider Colne Valley.
This is a partnership project, working with the Colne Valley Fisheries Consultative (CVFC) and Colne Valley Regional Park. To increase awareness, understanding and appreciation of the ecology of fisheries amongst anglers. To provide accredited training in fisheries and wetland management for anglers. To facilitate the spread of water voles from their current only remaining stronghold at Frays Farm Meadows, through linked habitat enhancements. To manage the project and lead on tracking and reporting progress to the project manager and steering group.
1. To develop and manage a training programme of wetland and fisheries management for volunteers from angling clubs, accredited by the Assessment and Qualifications Alliance (AQA).
2. To recruit volunteers from angling clubs and train them in wetland and fisheries management.
3. By working with trained anglers, to manage and facilitate the preparation of five year fisheries management plans which balances the provision of satisfying angling opportunities with conserving and increasing biodiversity, to the benefit of the wider Colne Valley.
4. To oversee implementation of management plans through habitat management works on fisheries.
5. To achieve mink control throughout the Colne Valley project area by training and coordinating volunteers.
6. To manage practical habitat enhancement work to facilitate the spread of water voles into new areas.
7. To recruit and train volunteers to carry out water vole surveys, to monitor the impact of the project during and after the project is complete.
8. To increase and support volunteer participation in practical habitat management work and surveying.
9. To gain publicity for the project and the wider project, through liaison with local media – press, radio and TV and relevant organisations and local authorities.
10. To organise an annual Conference for volunteers to provide an update on progress and provide an opportunity for knowledge and experience sharing.
11. To be responsible for the management of the project budget and annual work plan, maintaining records of expenditure and income, activities and participation.
12. To liaise with and work closely with other staff members of the Colne Valley Landscape Partnership Scheme.
13. To manage contractors, service providers and volunteers as required to deliver the project.
14. To collect evaluation data, produce comprehensive annual reports, occasional other reports as required and maintain records enabling quarterly progress reports to be made to the steering group.
15. To undertake all duties in accordance with Health and Safety and other relevant legislation, as well as Trust policies, plans and procedures and recognised best practice.
16. To carry out all other such duties as may from time to time be determined by the Conservation Manager, Head of Living Landscapes or Chief Executive.