We currently have a Project Leader vacancy which is a fantastic opportunity to join the Canal & River Trust in an exciting role. This opportunity is a fixed term contract for 18 months based out of Leeds. As the Project Leader you will be responsible for recruiting young people to the project, as well as for enthusing the local community and creating a diverse programme of activities and events that get people involved. Through your work, you will not only help young people get onto water, learn new skills, transform their health and wellbeing and find pathways into education and employment, but will also leave a legacy of connected communities along vibrant green and blue corridors.
The Desmond Family Canoe Trail’s vision is to develop England’s first coast-to-coast canoe trail, running over 160 miles from Liverpool to Goole and connecting some of the most deprived communities in the north of England. But how we intend to achieve that vision is more exciting still. We will engage with over 10,000 young people and their families over the life of the project. Social action projects will be created and carried out as well as enabling local communities to design and develop their own sections of the trail.
We’re looking for an experienced Project Leader with a proven track record of engaging young people in practical activities and managing volunteers. A key part of the role will be to build relationships with a wide range of local individuals and groups, including schools, universities, canoe clubs and charities, so it is important that you are good with people and have a friendly and open style. Excellent organisational and time management skills are also essential, as your workload will be very varied and full. Other key qualities we’d like you to have include the ability to create volunteering opportunities and marketing materials that appeal specifically to young people and enough knowledge of digital media to successfully promote the project online.
Your responsibilities as a Project Leader for the Desmond Family Canoe Trail will include:
This job involves regulated activity with children and adults at risk as defined by the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012. Therefore an Enhanced Criminal Record check will be undertaken by the successful candidate prior to employment. A criminal record is not necessarily a bar to employment with us.
As this role is on the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 Exception Order applicants must state the details of any cautions or convictions whether spent or unspent on the self-disclosure section of the application form.
At the Trust we care passionately for our waterways, and as importantly, for those who look after and use them. In addition to your annual salary, we also offer a competitive contributory DC Pension scheme arrangement, and numerous other employee benefits, including several salary sacrifice benefits. Further 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.