Community Engagement Officer - Environment - BCP Council

The purpose of this role is to engage with our communities, voluntary and community sector, businesses, visitors, people who work, study, live and visit here to help shape and sustain greenspaces and countryside areas in BCP.  The role holder will help  improve the quality of BCP’s green spaces, countryside and their facilities for people and wildlife through volunteering programmes and community management activities.

Main Responsibilities

These will include: to establish links with communities, community groups/organisations, providing advice, guidance and build relationships to encourage greater partnership.

To lead on the creation, development and co-ordination of community participation and volunteering in greenspaces, our parks, countryside and protected areas.

To organise and/or commission the services of internal and external partners to ensure provision of a high-quality programme of volunteer activities.

To work with internal and external stakeholders to create and develop partnership projects to increase community participation.

To provide support to community groups and stakeholders through training, advice and signposting.

To  develop an approach for community management of open spaces, promoting and co-ordinating this scheme, including arranging licences and community agreements providing for signposting to appropriate advice, and ensuring that spaces are managed for both people and wildlife.

The Ideal Candidate

  • 3 A levels, NVQ 4, HND or diploma or equivalent experience

  • Ability to analyse data and interpret customer information, highlighting relevant trends or issues to managers to support informed decision making

  • Good knowledge of ICT including Excel, Word, Outlook, and other programmes relevant to the role

Previous experience, knowledge of and ability to: 

  • Engage with communities and work in consultation with residents, stakeholders, and community groups,
  • influence, persuade, and engage with people creating volunteer opportunities/programmes
  • produce communications and marketing activities
  • co-ordinate projects and events
  • provide advice and guidance to a range of diverse stakeholders, communities, and individuals
  • compile proposals on grant and funding opportunities working with Greenspaces Development Manager where needed
  • be able to plan and manage own workload

Personal Qualities & Attributes

  • Confident communicator with sound interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure, prioritise and forward plan
  • Ability to co-ordinate work across multi-skilled teams
  • Ability to pass on detailed information to others in a manner that is appropriate and effective

About BCP Council

BCP Council provides services to a diverse community of 400,000 residents and employs more than 5,000 people. Our area includes over 15 miles of beautiful world-renowned coastline. We can offer career defining roles to transform and improve services. By working with us, you can help deliver a vision of a thriving, word-class, prosperous and inclusive place for generations to come.

Our Benefits

We offer an excellent benefits package to colleagues. Find out more on support.aspx” style=”background-color:transparent;color:rgb(54,30,84);text-decoration:none;”>our” style=”background-color:transparent;color:rgb(54,30,84);text-decoration:none;”>support.aspx” style=”background-color:transparent;color:rgb(54,30,84);text-decoration:none;”>

As a result of the creation of BCP Council in 2019, we are working on simplifying our terms and conditions of service and will be creating a single pay structure which is to be applicable for all employees. It is important to us that we offer benefits that our colleagues value as part of their total employment package and we are reviewing these to make sure we have it right. We are in the process of establishing a timescale for implementation and colleagues joining us will be included in these changes. This is expected to be in place in 2024.