The Informal Learning & Interpretation Officer is responsible for delivering the Unlocking the Severn Informal Learning & Interpretation Plan ensuring all outcomes and outputs are met for heritage, people and communities. This work forms part of the project’s Activity Programme for community engagement. Interpretation and learning projects are designed to connect people with their local river, supporting them to understand the project and get involved with partners’ work.
37 Hours Monday-Friday. Occasional evening & weekend working. This is a 3 year project offering a 3 year fixed term contract.
Unlocking the Severn is a large and ambitious £20m river restoration programme led by Canal & River Trust, delivered in partnership with Severn Rivers Trust, the Environment Agency and Natural England. It will run from 2018 to 2021 with major funding grants from the Heritage Lottery Fund and EU LIFE Programme.
The project is based around capital works to remove historic barriers at six weir sites on the River Severn and its main tributary the Teme. The courageous shad (a herring species) will return to the upper reaches of the river and spawn and flourish in large numbers once more. We will open 253km of river for migrating fish, and work toward a sustainable future for the United Kingdom’s longest river.
Our Activity Plan for community engagement has been designed so that local residents, people who use and visit the river recreationally, and a range of new audiences will participate in memorable and unusual learning experiences to celebrate this magnificent force of nature its fascinating histories and remarkable array of wildlife. They will be supported to continue its protection for years to come.
Activity Programme Partners
Project lead: Canal & River Trust
We're the charity who look after and bring to life 2,000 miles of canals, rivers, docks and reservoirs, along with museums, archives and the country’s third largest collection of protected historic buildings. Every role across the Trust plays its part in transforming our canals and rivers into spaces where local people want to spend time and feel better, bringing wellbeing benefits to millions.
Our role in the Unlocking the Severn partnership is programme lead; coordinating capital works and community engagement, managing funding and ensuring effective partnership working.
Delivery partner: Severn Rivers Trust
Severn Rivers Trust are a small independent environmental charity established to secure the preservation, protection and improvement of the Severn catchment. We work to share our enthusiasm and passion for rivers and make positive differences to the lives, aspirations, skills and values of communities by providing meaningful experiences and connections with the natural world.
Our role in Unlocking the Severn is leading some elements of the project Activity Plan (Formal Learning and Volunteering) and providing specialist input to the partnership.
Six hub delivery partners will help us reach larger more diverse audiences across Gloucestershire Worcestershire and Shropshire. These include three museums, a public library and archive, a new heritage learning space, and a country park.
Joint Activity Programme Team
The Activity Programme for community engagement will be delivered by a mixed staff team from both main partner organisations. The Community Engagement Manager, two project officers and two apprentices will be employed by the Canal & River Trust. Three project officers will be employed by the Severn Rivers Trust. The team will work closely and collaboratively, sharing office spaces in Gloucester (CRT) and Worcester (SRT), and delivering activities at a range of venues across the project region.
Knowledge, Experience & Skills:
In addition to your annual salary we also a competitive contributory DC Pension scheme arrangement, and numerous other employee benefits, including several salary sacrifice benefits. More details can be found here.
We are striving to represent the diverse communities that we are a part of. All candidates will be treated on the basis of their merits, skills and abilities and solely by being assessed against the requirements for the job. Many of our vacancies can be considered for people who wish to work flexibly, job share or part time.
When you join the Canal & River Trust you become a member of an engaged team working to preserve our heritage for future generations. Come and put your skills to use on our waterways.
Find out more about the work we do on our website: https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/about-us