RiverLife Is Hiring – Project Officer – Community Engagement

About the Role

Job Title: Project Officer – Community Engagement
Reports to: RiverLife – Coordinator
Location: The Clubhouse, 106 Biggar Road, Edinburgh, EH10 7DU
Hours: 24 hours per week
Salary: £22,000 – £25,000 depending on experience
Contract: To June 2020 (with possible extension)

The River Forth Fisheries Trust is looking for a community engagement officer who will deliver a programme of engagement to inspire local communities to engage with their local river and its wildlife. This role will be responsible for outreach activities and interpretation.

The Project aims to increase audiences and create new audiences which include everyday users including anglers, passers-by (eg on foot or bicycle), volunteers, walkers (especially dog walkers); families with children; communities adjoining areas where capital works are being carried out, including local community councils; community groups (especially those with an environmental interest), young people ; and organisations that work with disadvantaged and/or minority groups, including ethnic minorities and people with learning difficulties.

The Trust aims to engage audiences throughout every stage of their lives and the successful applicant will be able work with a diverse range of audiences and use a wide range of innovative and creative mechanisms to deliver the outcomes and key messages of the RiverLife Project.

This will include the management and coordination of the design and installation of fixed and virtual interpretation that leads the audience towards the objectives of the project and delivers the Activity Plan.

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 and other members of the team and particularly the Communications and Events Project Officer, to develop strategies for the delivery of engagement and inspiring target groups.

Main responsibilities

  • Work as part of the RiverLife: Almond & Avon team (and with other members of the Trust) to successfully deliver the activity plan and provide support to the Trust and the RiverLife Project.
  • Coordinating and overseeing a comprehensive programme of community engagement activities to achieve objectives set out in the activity plan and other project plans, these include development of interpretation, pop up stall, leaflets, trails and street art.
  • Engage with and develop audiences through workshops, partnership projects, steering groups and other engagement tools to allow community input into the project, including development of interpretation and other outputs.
  • Deliver learning (including both primary and secondary resource education) and participation activities and engage with children, young people and local residents in a variety of settings working with the Communications and Events Officer.
  • Development with community input into two permanent exhibitions including working with the owners of the venues, including commissioning of design and management of the installation.
  • Assist with the collation of information required to make funding applications and claims.
  • Assist the Communication & Events Project officer with events and workshop planning and administration, including finding venues, managing distribution lists, etc.
  • Contribute to the information released for social media, newsletters and other promotional processes.

Other responsibilities

Your main focus will be on the RiverLife: Almond & Avon but in order to help deliver that project you will be required to interact with other staff within the Trust and where appropriate:

  • 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.
  • 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 – Community Engagement

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



  • Minimum of 2 years experience with local communities
  • Experience of delivering informal and formal environmental education
  • Experience of working with young children, youth groups or vulnerable adults
  • Experience with engaging people with the environment and running activities to engage people with the environment
  • Experience in creating engaging content
  • Experience developing interpretation and engaging audiences with the environment


  • 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 the river environment and its relationship both current and historic to the local environment
  • Health & Safety requirements and implementation
  • An understanding of safeguarding young people and vulnerable adults


  • Good working knowledge of wildlife
  • Understanding of the locality of the Almond and Avon catchments



  • Ability to work with local communities and translate their ideas into visual and other media
  • Ability to coordinate and deliver engagement outputs, including social media and educational outputs
  • Skills to work with a wide range of audiences including, but not limited to:
  • Anglers, Passers-by (eg. on foot or bicycle), volunteers, walkers, families with children, local communities, community groups, young people, organisations that work with disadvantaged and/or minority groups


  • Giving presentations to a variety of audiences
  • First Aid
  • Photoshop and design skills (eg In-Design)

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 RiverLife Community Engagement 2018-01-18

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