Come and be our Wheal Buzzy Project Officer!

Wheal Buzzy Project Officer (vacancy now closed for applications)

The Cornwall AONB has been successful in securing £56,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for its exciting and pioneering new project, Wheal Buzzy, to safeguard and enhance conditions for mining bees, which will take place in West Penwith, parts of the Lizard, St Agnes and North Cornwall. We are now looking for a committed and resourceful Project Officer to join us to deliver this exciting project.

 The Tormentil Mining Bee

The Tormentil Mining Bee

Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, the project focuses on protecting and enhancing declining solitary mining bee habitats in these areas of outstanding landscapes.

Matching £10,000 from the AONB Partnership and other donations from our partners and volunteers in the form of time and materials, the grant will enable the project to run for two years to work in partnership with a wide network of Parish and Town Councils, community groups and trusts, schools, universities, churches and individuals to enable local people to learn about mining bees and to work with us to help protect and support the remaining habitats for the benefit of future generations.

The project officer will help us to: -

-  Create 22 hectares of habitat for mining bees working with our partners on 16 different sites across these areas with significant opportunities for local people to volunteer with us to share enjoyment in planting these important sites to improve foraging opportunities for our vulnerable mining bees;

 The coast at St Agnes is just one of the locations that we plan to undertake community-based habitat improvements

The coast at St Agnes is just one of the locations that we plan to undertake community-based habitat improvements

- Provide opportunities for local people and our visitors to enjoy and experience guided walks and to learn through taught courses how to identify and record mining bees across Cornwall;

- Advise landowners to look after their property in ways which will cater for the needs of mining bees and,

- Support our local schools and higher educational institutions to learn about mining bee habitats through coursework and educational resources as well as improve their school grounds or community spaces working alongside other partners.

  The project officer will deliver 22 hectares of wildflower meadows across the Cornwall AONB similar to this example at Cape Cornwall

The project officer will deliver 22 hectares of wildflower meadows across the Cornwall AONB similar to this example at Cape Cornwall

There are over 190 species of bee in the Cornwall AONB and over 120 of these are solitary mining bees making our area of national significance having larger populations than anywhere else in the UK. There are over 20 endangered and nationally scarce species present, however the number of sites have declined by over 50% in the last 25 years. This project represents a unique opportunity for a suitably qualified and experienced individual to help us reverse this decline for the benefit of future generations and to safeguard this important component of the natural heritage of the Cornwall AONB.

Gill Pipkin, Chairperson of the Cornwall AONB Partnership, said: -

 “I am both thrilled and excited that we have received this support thanks to National Lottery players. Many of our nationally important species of mining bee face extinction in the Cornwall AONB at current rates of decline and this hugely welcome grant will enable us to place local people at the heart of an exciting and rewarding, community based effort to reverse this and safeguard this important aspect of Cornwall’s heritage for our local communities and visitors. We now need a skilled and committed individual to join our team in order to help us achieve this”.

We are looking for a committed, passionate and enthusiastic individual with a proven ability of working collaboratively to deliver environmental work in partnership with local communities, with experience of working with organisations in the public, private and volunteer sector and with individuals ranging from schoolchildren to the elderly to raise awareness and engagement in the project from the local community. You will need to have excellent communication skills in the broadest range of contexts; possess a high degree of empathy and diplomacy to deliver the work with local communities as well as a good working knowledge of project management techniques and practice gained in a similar community-based environmental or heritage context. You should also have a degree or equivalent in an environmental discipline.

The post is 0.8 of a full-time equivalent for 29.6 hours a week on a temporary contract. The successful applicant will be based at the AONB Unit offices at Pydar House in Truro, although you will be expected to work flexibly across our area alongside our partners and stakeholders from West Penwith to North Cornwall.

NB: this vacancy is no longer being advertised - closing date for applications has passed.