Parks Community Engagement Officer
Location: Battersea Park
Contract Type: Full Time (40 hours per week)
Salary: £27,597 (ENSc6)
Closing date: 30/08/2020
Joining a highly motivated team which specialise in horticulture, infrastructure, participation, engagement and fundraising you will be a team player who has strong self-motivation and the ability to support colleagues as well as work on personal initiative.
You will be a key member of the Parks Development Team working to facilitate participation by our Friends groups and the wider community in all aspects of greenspace provision as well as supporting on securing funding for greenspace improvements and helping to deliver stakeholder events.
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- You will work with senior members of the Parks team and report to the Parks Development and Biodiversity Manager in all matters relating to stakeholder and community engagement across parks, commons and green spaces in Wandsworth,
- You will be responsible for our work with Friends groups: sustaining collaborative working; working to understand their priorities; providing ongoing guidance and support; providing opportunities for engagement and seeking solutions for key concerns. You will also develop and support communities to establish new Friends groups.
- Working in conjunction with colleagues in the Parks team, inform and consult with Friends groups, park users and local communities about enhancements and improvements. This will include delivering formal onsite consultation exercises, attending meetings, giving presentations, discussing minor improvement proposals and capturing feedback.
- You will work in conjunction with colleagues across Enable in the delivery of sports, leisure, filming and outdoor events where consultation with Friends groups is required.
- You will engage Friends groups and other local communities and work with colleagues in appropriate aspects of practical landscape management and volunteering for horticulture and biodiversity.
- As part of the team, contribute to management and improvement plans to ensure that developments and improvements meet the needs of Friends groups, other park users and neighbours and are appropriate for the character of each place.
- You will contribute to the development and execution of funding applications, the identification of funding streams and will help prepare and submit high quality bids. This will include working with partners in the community to maximise possible funding opportunities. You will also work with colleagues in the team, to manage the tendering and delivery of the resulting packages of work and ensuring appropriate consultation, publicity and promotion requirements are met.
- Assist with the attainment of external quality accreditation for parks and green spaces such as the Green Flag Award and London in Bloom.
- To work as part of the Parks Development Team to provide continual service improvements; to ensure activities are integrated and sustainable; to provide cover and support for colleagues; and to attend meetings (both internal and external) as required by the Parks Development and Biodiversity Manager.
- To carry out any other duties commensurate with the role.
- Educated to degree level (or equivalent qualification) or relevant experience working within a parks or greenspaces environment.
- Experience of planning and delivering inspirational engagement activities and effective community involvement with the highest quality customer service standards
- Excellent people skills and the ability to create a warm welcome across our parks and green spaces, building strong working relationships with a diverse range of partners, meeting the needs of different audiences, and giving constructive feedback.
- Excellent writing, numerical and presentation skills including preparation of funding applications and bid writing, concise progress reports, minutes, project development briefs and promotional materials.
- Devising and delivering improvement schemes ideally in placemaking or landscapes, in collaboration with community group partners.
- Sensitivity, empathy and tenacity; able to work with other peoples’ agendas by adapting approach and style.
- Able to promote, organise and deliver activities which raise awareness of our green spaces and seek to secure the views and involvement of local communities in the development of improvement projects.
- Proven track record of innovating and developing engagement offers and programmes and the motivation and management of volunteers. (ideally in a practical landscape or placemaking context)
- The ability to work independently using your own initiative and prioritise effectively whilst at the same time working collaboratively as part of a team on common goals and shared projects to ensure the work programme is delivered effectively.
- Be able to travel around Wandsworth regularly as work requires and able to work occasional additional early morning, evening and weekend hours for which time off in lieu will be given.
- 25 Days Annual Leave
- Flexible Working
- Pension Scheme
- Eyecare Vouchers
- Free Gym membership
- On-site shower facilities
- Season Ticket Loan
- Cycle to Work scheme
- Employee Assistance Programme
- Weekly fruit basket
- Staff Treats
- Weekly Wellbeing Hour
- And more!