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We will be ‘Building Roots’ with TCV

We’re delighted we’re going to be working with TCV (The Conservation Volunteers) over the next couple of years on their ‘Building Roots’ programme. They are currently recruiting Project Managers for this programme. Deadline for applications is Wednesday 3 April at noon. Check out the link , or see below for details and further information:

2 x Senior Project Officer (Fixed Term, 2 years – Part time, 21 Hours per week) based in Edinburgh/Stirling

Salary: £19,500 – £21,500 (£11,700 – £12,900 pro rata)

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Every day TCV works across the UK to create healthier and happier communities for everyone – communities where our activities have a lasting impact on people’s health, prospects and outdoor places.

The “Building Roots” Programme (April 2019- Mar 2021) will involve a series of natural heritage walks and workshops for up to 200+ Syrian refugee families who have recently been rehoused in Edinburgh, West Lothian, Fife, North Lanarkshire, Falkirk, Stirling and Clackmannanshire. The project will run from April 2019 to March 2021. 

The aims of the programme are: 
1. To bring Syrian refugee families together to learn about wildlife and heritage close to where they live 
2. Use heritage learning to help integrate newcomers to Scotland in a way that helps them understand and appreciate what’s on their doorstep whilst practising English, meeting new people and exploring new places.

Building Roots will explore both the Scottish and Syrian “connection” with heritage. The term “heritage” includes built, natural, historic and archaeological heritage and can include peoples’ stories as well as their culture and food. The emphasis is on learning through appealing enjoyable learning experiences and discovering new places and people. 

We are looking for two enthusiastic and energetic individuals to deliver this project across two geographic areas: 
1. Edinburgh, Fife and West Lothian 
2. Stirling, Clackmannanshire, Falkirk and North Lanarkshire 
We are looking for candidates who can demonstrate experience of working with people (all ages) from minority ethnic communities and refugees in an outdoor setting. Experience of delivering activities such as: nature play, bushcraft/foraging, nature walks, biological recording and running events is desirable 
Other elements of the role will include, but not be limited to: 
• Working with a wide range of partners and organisations 
• Setting up workshops and activities for families, women only groups and children. 
• Attending heritage partner events 
• Using wide range of tools (including social media) to engage Syrian refugee communities and evaluate programme activities 
• Health and safety management, including producing risk assessments. 
Managing TCV’s local resources, including the office, tools, and vehicles. 
Assisting with controlling the project budgets. 

A bit more about us:
We recognise that each community and the people living there have different needs. Whether improving wellbeing, conserving a well-loved outdoor space or bringing people together to promote social cohesion and combat loneliness, TCV works together with communities to deliver practical solutions to the real life challenges they face.

For over 50 years we have adapted our work with volunteers to reflect the changing needs of communities in the UK and, by giving people a sense of purpose and belonging, we have empowered them to take control of their lives and outdoor spaces for the benefit of all.

Whilst our activities vary, our inclusive approach has remained consistent; bringing people and places together to create happy, healthy and connected communities for everyone.

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A full, clean or near clean UK driving licence is required for this post, which has been held for a minimum of one year.

Closing date for completed applications is 12 Noon 03/04/2019

Criminal Record Check:

This post is subject to a PVG Licence 
As this post requires a Criminal Record Check, please view TCV’s Ex-Offender Policy.

We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their race, sex, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation or age. Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults and Children – Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility and all employees are required to act in such a way that at all times safeguards the health and wellbeing of children and vulnerable adults. Familiarisation with, and adherence to, the organisational Safeguarding policies and procedures is an essential requirement of all employees, as is participation in related mandatory training.

Please note:

Unfortunately, due to the necessity to keep our costs down we are not able to respond to everyone who applies to our vacancies. Interviews will be held on 08/04/2019 at our Edinburgh/Stirling office. Therefore, if you do not hear from us by this date, please assume that you have been unsuccessful on this occasion.

You can download an application form in Adobe Acrobat format or Word format and you can download a full job description for this post here.

Alternatively you can request an application pack via email

Completed applications forms must be returned to Julia Duncan by email or by post to 9 West Gorgie Park, Edinburgh, EH14 1UT by 03/04/2019.