Wilder Horsham District - Community Support Officer

•Location: (This role requires the officer to live within reasonable daily commute to Horsham District – home working with office hot desk at Woods Mill, outside Henfield).

•Salary: £10,069.26 (£25,173.15 Pro rata)

•Contract Type: Permanent

•Hours: 14 Hours Per Week.  Working pattern to be arranged between Monday to Friday in the main including occasional weekends and evenings.

•Closing Date: Midday 28th June 2020

•Interview Date:  7th July 2020 – Interview will most likely be remote via online video platform.

 Sussex Wildlife Trust is seeking a Community Support Officer to work with the Landowner Advisor on the Wilder Horsham District Project (see document included in recruitment pack for more details).


Sussex Wildlife Trust

 Sussex Wildlife Trust is a conservation charity for everyone who cares about nature in Sussex. We focus on protecting the wonderfully rich natural life that is found across our towns, countryside and coast.  By working alongside local people we create opportunities for us all to connect with nature and for nature to thrive in even the most unlikely places.  Together we can make sure that future generations living in Sussex will be able to enjoy the sense of wonder and well-being that nature offers.

 Wilder Horsham District

 For details about this project and how this role fits into it see document included in application pack.

 The Role

 This is a new role created to deliver aspirations of the Wilder Horsham District Partnership.  This is a 5 year partnership between Horsham District Council and the Sussex Wildlife Trust.  This role will provide support for the delivery of the Horsham District Nature Recovery Network, working with landowners, community groups and existing practitioners and partnerships in the District.  The document included in the application pack gives further context of the project and the Community Support Officer’s role within it

 The role requires high quality administrative and communication skills alongside a passion for and understanding of nature conservation.  There will be day to day engagement with stakeholders in Horsham District and skills in data and contact management are important as well as use of social media platforms.  The post holder will administer the Wilder Horsham District Steering Group and ensure clarity and quality in all project communications. The post holder has a key role in documenting and supporting legal compliance for the project in terms of Health and Safety and GDPR, integrating into existing Sussex Wildlife Trust systems.  You will work with local communities, volunteers and project partners to ensure good communication and promotion of the Wilder Horsham District Project.

 With a District wide geographical portfolio and a broad range of stakeholders, it is possible that you will be asked to undertake occasional evening and weekend work.

 The Person

 You will be an experienced professional, with proven high quality communication and administrative skills, with an interest in wildlife. You will have excellent IT skills, and previous experience of working with GIS is desirable.  You will have an understanding of the role of Nature Recovery Networks and of the range of conservation techniques and practices from rewilding to species specific enhancements. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills are vital in this role, as is the ability to work both independently and as part of a team.

Occasionally, you will be required to work evenings and weekends