Wheal Buzzy Project Officer vacancy

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 project to run for two years, working 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.

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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;

- 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.

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.

The role profile and the link to submit an application for the post is available by following this link: -




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