Job Vacancy – Community Engagement Officer: Chess Smarter Water Catchment Project

Community Engagement Officer: Chess Smarter Water Catchment Project

Responsible to: Chiltern Society’s Chief Officer
Location: The Chiltern Society, White Hill Centre, White Hill, Chesham, Bucks, HP5 1AG
Contract type: 35 hours per week. 1 year fixed term contract: including some evening and weekends. Extendable to 3 years subject to funding
Responsible for: Supervision of volunteers and local community group liaison
Salary: £27,500 FTE with 25 days holiday plus bank holidays

Closing date: 9.30am Thursday 23rd June 2022 with interviews Friday 1st July.

Job Purpose
Development and delivery of the Chess Smarter Water Catchment Project community and partnership engagement work as part of the wider Chilterns Chalk Streams Project and Chiltern Society’s joint work to enhance chalk streams in the Chilterns AONB.

Chalk streams are a characteristic and attractive feature of the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. They support an abundance of wildlife and are much loved by the communities through which they flow.  They are, however, amongst the most threatened of all chalk streams in the world as a result of factors such as physical modification, pollution, climate change and an ever-increasing demand for water.

The Chilterns Chalk Streams Project (CCSP) is a partnership set up in 1997 to help address the threats facing our chalk streams. The Chiltern Society is the largest charity in the Chilterns and its aim is to champion the Chilterns for residents and visitors alike.

Thames Water are putting their ‘Smarter Water Catchments’ initiatives approach into practice to understand how we can achieve key benefits while working in a more holistic way. The first step on this journey has been to co-create a catchment plan with key stakeholders who either operate within this environment and/or have a vested interest in protecting and enhancing it. For the period of 2020 to 2025 they’re trialling this in 3 catchments and will be working in partnership with CCSP and others to deliver the plans in the Chess Catchment.

This is an exciting opportunity to join a great partnership and make a real difference to the Chilterns chalk stream environment and to connect people with nature.

The role has been created to:

  • Contribute to the delivery of community projects and awareness within the Chess Smarter Water Catchment project:
  • Support the CCSP and Chiltern Society’s partnership work to restore and conserve the River Chess as part of the network of chalk streams in the Chilterns.

The post-holder will be responsible for delivering a chalk stream-focussed community and engagement programme, and a small grants programme, to upscale community delivery across the six key project themes:

  1. Managing Flow,
  2. Water Quality,
  3. Wildlife Corridors,
  4. Invasive Species,
  5. Working together,
  6. Involving People

The officer will be required to work with a wide range of partner organisations such as local schools, voluntary and community groups, wildlife organisations, water companies and statutory bodies as well as farmers and landowners.

Normally, the post will be based at the Chiltern Society’s office in Chesham, with the successful candidate being required to travel locally to locations across the River Chess Catchment (Tring – Wendover – Chesham – Sarratt – Rickmansworth) and the Chilterns Conservation Board’s Offices in Chinnor, Oxfordshire.

The role is part of a extended project team involving numerous organisations involved.

The key partners being:

Work outside of normal office hours will be required.

To apply:
For full details please see the job description below. Please complete the attached application form and email to: using your initials in the filename for the attachment. If you are having any trouble downloading the links, please let us know.