Taff Bargoed Catchment Project Officer

South East Wales Rivers Trust

Cardiff, , GB

Funded by the Rural Development Programme a Twelve Month fixed Term Contract Three Days per week. Salary Scale will be £18k-£20k pro rata. There will be a two month probationary period.

To apply, please send your up to date CV and a detailed covering letter, demonstrating your suitability in terms of the job advertised and the skills required, to Anthony Rees Chairman South East Wales Rivers Trust.

Closing Date 20th January 2018 at Midnight

Main Duties

The overall responsibility of the post holder is to deliver The Taff Bargoed Project.

Through a series of events, actions and activities the project will look to engage with residents, schools, landowners, Commoners, the two Angling Associations, Government and Non-Government Organisations, Volunteer Groups or Friends of Groups that operate in the Taff Bargoed valley. Awareness of the South East Wales Rivers Trust and wider Rivers Trust movement Wales in their actions for river environments and the communities they serve.

Within the overall context of a Taf Bargoed project, the post holder will seek to:

  • Develop and disseminate interpretative activities and educational materials on the past, present and future of the Taff Bargoed Catchment and where appropriate the river Taff system itself.
  • Plan and provide volunteering opportunities for local communities, including disabled and disadvantaged people, on special Taff-Bargoed focused events.
  • Organise and facilitate a River restoration Course and through public lectures, river investigations, citizen science projects and interpretative field events encourage the local people to value their river.
  • Plan and deliver initiatives for schools and encourage the local schools on the value of the river; these can include a river visit if safe to introduce the pupils to the (Kick Sampling Procedure) the process of identifying the health of the river by insect sampling, p
  • Encourage river-focussed recreation in the Taff system, for example, through interpretative events and river walks linked to the Taf Bargoed
  • Seek opportunities for habitat/wildlife and access improvement projects involving local community groups and groups such as students
  • Organise Taf Bargoed litter-pick days in conjunction with ‘Keep-Wales Tidy’
  • Collate and work with partners to gather evidence to inform and encourage better understanding and sustainable management of the Taff Bargoed catchment.
  • Apply knowledge of statutory environmental requirements to protect both the South East Wales Rivers Trust and the environment.

Further examples of opportunities through which the post holder will deliver these actions include:

  • Giving primary school children the opportunity to learn about river habitats/wildlife and take part in activities such as pond dipping or as above insect sampling.
  • Delivering further a European Eel classroom project where the Trust will be on hand to place equipment in the local schools so the pupils have the benefit for about two to three months of caring and feeding for the elvers.Be responsible for maintaining the equipment.
  • Collecting, compiling and publicising reminiscences’ about how the river use to be, and how it has changed
  • Providing public opportunities for training in Invertebrate ‘Riverfly Monitoring’ and walkover surveys to develop local skills, local knowledge and employment potential.
  • Provide information on the fish in the river to the schools.
  • Working with partners to develop a potential future catchment scale restoration project
  • Connect communities with the environmental challenges and solutions facing communities to improve environmental resilience.
  • Promote understanding and awareness of the local environment and our potential benefits or impacts on local biodiversity.
  • Providing ‘Riverbird magic’ walks to seek dippers, grey wagtails, kingfishers and other river birds such as the Heron. Explain their order in the food chain.
  • The Trust already has several school programmes set up. To utilise and use these and if

    necessary modify them for use on the Taf Bargoed catchment

Media and Marketing

  • Disseminate and publicise the project and its activities in both English (and Welsh as far as possible) through all media including news print, web pages and social media
  • Produce newsletters and flyers for public distribution on the projects aims, objectives and activities – ensuring timely production of text, contract with printers, sundries ordered and distribution arranged.
  • Present project work as required at conferences, seminars and meetings
  • Produce press releases and act as project main contact for media promotion
  • Manage the project website, in liaison with other staff and volunteers.

  Partnership Working

  • Maintain a close working relationship with the South East Wales Rivers Trust, Afonydd Cymru,local Council, Natural Resources Wales, the Commoners including attending the Commoners meetings and any other meetings that the line manger think are necessary.
  • Seek and develop other partnership opportunities, for example with Keep Wales Tidy, Wildife Trusts Wales, RSPB, other urban rivers trusts where necessary.
  • Establish and maintain a wide variety of contacts for the benefit of the Taff Bargoed Project.

Team Working

  • Any other duties as directed by the line manager and Chairman of the South East Wales Rivers Trust
  • Recording:
    • Be responsible: for keeping records of all volunteer hours.
    • Managing budget sheets with the Chairman.
    • Some weekend work may be necessary.
    • Take reasonable care for the health and safety of yourself and others and comply with all health and safety legislation as appropriate.

Job Specific Criteria:

1) Good knowledge of some of the following: nature conservation and legislation relevant to nature conservation, countryside and agricultural management issues. Essential

2) Proven experience of working with communities, volunteer groups and/or children. Essential

3) Good interpersonal skills, team working skills and the ability to deal appropriately with people of all levels. Essential

4) Education to degree level or equivalent in a relevant environmental or rural land-use science. Desirable

5) Good written and spoken communication skills, computer literacy including experience and working knowledge of Microsoft Office. Essential

6) The nature of the role is physically demanding. The role will require independent working, possibly in remote areas with difficult terrains e.g. farms, river environments and conservation sites. Essential

7) The ability to currently and legally drive a car in the UK, with access to your own transport (Mileage to carry out the Project will be paid). Essential

8) Knowledge of the Welsh Language. Desirable.

This post is part-funded through the Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, which is funded by the Welsh Government and the European Union.

Interviews will be held Early February at Natural Resources Wales offices in St Melons Cardiff. Successful candidates for interview will be informed of Date/s and times.