RiverLife Is Hiring – Project Officer – Communications & Events

About the Role

Job Title: Project Officer – Communications & Events
Reports to: RiverLife – Coordinator
Location: The Clubhouse, 106 Biggar Road, Edinburgh, EH10 7DU
Hours: 16 hours per week
Salary: £20,000 -22,000 depending on experience
Contract: To June 2020 (with possible extension)

The River Forth Fisheries Trust is looking for a creative and enthusiastic communications and events officer with a passion for wildlife and conservation.

The Trust aims to engage audiences throughout every stage of their lives and the successful applicant will be able work across diverse channels to deliver the messages of the RiverLife Project.

This is an exciting opportunity, to work on a flagship project which is delivering major capital works, small projects, volunteering, training and learning opportunities in conjunction with raising awareness of the benefits of local rivers to communities and engendering a sense of stewardship.

The post holder will work very closely with the Project Coordinator to develop strategies for the delivery of communications and themes of events, as well as the Community Engagement Project officer who will be delivering interpretation and liaising directly with the local communities.

Main responsibilities

  • Work as part of the RiverLife: Almond & Avon team (and with other members of the Trust) to successfully communicate the ideas, work and themes of the project.
  • Design, plan, update, and continue to develop the communications strategy the project and ensure it is consistent across the Trust.
  • Manage the organising of events in conjunction with the other members of the project, including development of a programme of events attendance and the development of consistent themes for events information – this will include the production of a pop-up exhibition for use of the project based on community led workshops undertaken by the Community Engagement Project Officer.
  • Compile and produce audience data results, evaluation evidence and promotional literature as needed to accompany evaluation of RiverLife and for the Trust’s use.
  • Design and publication of print and web materials, working with external designers and with in-house design software.
  • Promote the work of the Trust and increase awareness of the project activities through press releases, newsletters and social media, ensuring the Trust keeps ahead of developing trends in social media.
  • Identify media opportunities to promote and raise awareness of RiverLife and the Trust, as well as respond to incoming media enquiries.
  • Maintaining communications with audiences and other organisations such as “friends of” groups providing support when needed.
  • Co-ordinate a programme of talks, guided walks and attend events to promote RiverLife: Almond & Avon’s message (delivered by other project or trust staff).
  • Provide marketing and communication support for other learning, engagement and participation activities.
  • Assist with the collation of information required to make funding applications and claims.
  • Undertake administration, including managing calendars and training, for events and workshops, including planning, finding venues, sending invitations, and attending events to help teams ensure they run smoothly.
  • Ensure there is effective communications internally to all Trust staff.
  • Ensure integrated and effective communication between the project and the wider work of the Trust.

Other responsibilities

The RiverLife: Almond & Avon project is an exciting part of the work that the Trust undertakes. In order to ensure the project’s effective delivery and to support other parts of the Trust, it is expected that there will be close liaison with other members of staff, Trust Directors and other project delivery and therefore the post holder will be expected to:

  • Promote the work, mission and vision of the RiverLife: Almond & Avon Project, recognising and acknowledging the role of River Forth Fisheries Trust at all appropriate times.
  • Work on opportunities to develop the RiverLife brand across all the work of the Trust.
  • Ensure a high level of customer service in all dealings with the public.
  • Ensure continuous development of skills and knowledge required for the post, undergoing training and performance review as required by the Trust.
  • Work within all the policies and procedures of the Trust, ensuring own compliance with the Trust’s health and safety policies and procedures and that of any staff and resources for which you are responsible.
  • Comply with all legal and contractual obligations concerning the responsibilities of your post.
  • Supervise and support volunteers as appropriate to your role.
  • Carry out any other reasonable duties commensurate with the level of responsibility of the post, as requested by the Board of Trustees.


Job Title: Project Officer – Communications and Events

The specifications below are indicated as being essential or desirable for this post:



  • Proven track record in a marketing or events based role
  • Experience of engaging the public in a wide range of media
  • An ability to apply audience insights and evaluation to communications and events
  • Proven record in executing communications strategies and planning to meet agreed objectives
  • Experience in creating engaging content
  • Experience in managing and coordinating events


  • Experience of raising awareness of wildlife and or water environment issues and engagement
  • Working with a charity or other voluntary sector role
  • Working in environmental or nature conservation
  • Experience of managing large public events
  • Experience of coordinating and/or working with volunteers

Knowledge and understanding


  • Relevant degree or higher education qualification
  • Understanding of communications based marketing
  • Understanding of events planning
  • Health & Safety requirements and implementation
  • An understanding of safeguarding young people and vulnerable adults


  • Good working knowledge of wildlife.



  • Able to work cooperatively as part of a team
  • Manage own work programme, work independently and lead when required
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to communicate effectively to a wide range of different people of differing ages and abilities
  • Able to contribute to strategic thinking and planning


  • First Aid
  • Photoshop and design skills (eg In-Design)
  • Digital skills (eg You Tube)

The post holder will have

  • A commitment to environmental and natural heritage conservation and community involvement
  • The ability to work effectively with people from a wide range of disciplines
  • Able to work co-operatively as part of a team and be able to motivate others
  • Able to work effectively under pressure
  • Willing to continue to progress and learn new skills
  • Flexible in terms of working times (role will include some weekend working)

If you would like to apply for this post then please send a cover letter and CV to trust@fishforth.co.uk or to our office address: River Forth Fisheries Trust, The Clubhouse, 106 Biggar Road, Edinburgh, EH10 7DU.

To find out more information about this post then please contact the trust via trust@fishforth.co.uk or 0131 445 1527

Job Description_Communications and Events Officer 2018-01-18

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