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LIFE Recreation Remedies Assistant Project Manager - Communications (LIFE18 NAT/UK/000039)

Posted: 22 Mar 2020 Closes: 17 Apr 2020
East Midlands, Eastern, London, North East, North West, South East, South West, West Midlands, Yorkshire and the Humber £25,215
Fixed term & Part time defra/20200322151016

This is a national Role

The team

The role sits within the Strategy and Government Advice Directorate within Natural England within a team whose remit is focused on providing conservation advice in relation to marine management. The team's staff are based across England but the LIFE Recreation Remedies project covers an area across the South coast from Essex to the Isles of Scilly.

Job description

This is a part time role up to 23 hours per week.

The project needs an experienced part time Communications Officer to help deliver awareness raising and engagement activities. A key focus of the project is on changing stakeholder behaviour to ensure that sensitive habitats are recognised as a valued asset and behaviours are influenced to mitigate further damage. The project will be targeting activities at a range of stakeholders including recreational boaters, bait collectors, school groups and the general public and engaging with a network of organisations such as management authorities, research centres and other LIFE projects. The Communications Officer will be crucial to get the right messages across to the right audiences. The Communications Officer will work closely with the Project Manager, the Defra Communications team and core partners with assistance from the Project Steering Group.

LIFE Recreation ReMEDIES projects aims are:

1. Protect from, and reduce, recreational pressures to England’s most important and at risk seagrass beds, moving intertidal/subtidal mud and sand habitats across 5 SACs towards Favourable condition. This will be achieved by utilising best practice management techniques for reducing recreational pressure such as environmentally friendly moorings (eco-moorings), voluntary codes, targeted training, behavioural change, managing access and habitat restoration.
2. Demonstrate large scale successful restoration and management techniques across the project’s SACs and elsewhere.
3. Promote awareness and inspire better care of sensitive habitats such as seagrass by recreational users and use networks of relevant stakeholders and public at a local, national and trans-national level to maximise the longevity and sustainability of the project actions.

Key tasks/accountabilities

• Develop, implement and update the project Communications Plan
• Oversee engagement and communications activities across the project and provide support to project partners delivering these actions
• Create content development for web and social media channels, including the management of those channels.
• Design and deliver national workshops and events (including interim and end of project conferences)
• Design and commission dissemination tools and interpretation materials for a range of channels and platforms
• Develop and implement a media plan, identifying opportunities to promote the project through local and national media (including social media)
• Assist in developing a community engagement programme to include events/outputs for schools, volunteers and other stakeholders
• Recording evaluation and feedback information from project communications and engagement work
• Ability to work as part of a team including a network of partners and stakeholders

Technical/specialist knowledge/qualifications

• Good people and project management skills
• Excellent communication skills and be able to successfully engage with stakeholders and develop relationships with a wide variety of organisations and groups;
• Excellent organisational skills and the ability to inspire, motivate and work in co-operation with others.
• Able to interpret technical information and develop content for a range of audiences and channels
• Excellent writing, design and presentation skills
• Good event management skills.
• Desirable knowledge and understanding of the following: nature conservation, stakeholder engagement
• IT skills including Microsoft Word, Excel, Project manager
• Excellent Media skills including all forms of media interaction, TV, Radio, Web, Facebook, Twitter etc.


Leading and Communicating

• Listen well and take time to understand the other person's point of view (Expert level)
• Use clear and appropriate language, communication styles and techniques that engage your audience (Expert level)

Seeing the Big Picture

• Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the issues relevant to your work so that you help build Natural England's reputation and credibility (Practitioner level)

Delivering at Pace

• Manage and deliver your workload to meet agreed targets and deadlines (Practitioner level)

Collaborating and Partnering

• Collaborate, negotiate and influence in a well-informed way to achieve pragmatic outcomes (Practitioner level)

Making Effective Decisions

• Interpret, evaluate and use evidence to inform your decision-making (Practitioner level)


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• Learning and development tailored to your role
• An environment with flexible working options
• A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
• A Civil Service pension

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Selection process details

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Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.

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