An exciting new opportunity has arisen as part of our conservation and outreach work for amphibians and reptiles in the Newry, Mourne and Down District of Northern Ireland.
Amphibian and Reptile Groups of UK (ARG UK) in partnership with Newry Mourne and Down District Council and The Herpetological Society of Ireland have being awarded funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund for a three year project called ‘Dragons in the Hills’ which will be connecting communities with nature to conserve amphibians and reptiles.
Amphibian and Reptile Groups of UK (ARG UK) are seeking a part time experienced Outreach Officer to champion community engagement in Newry, Mourne and Down District, and develop a new volunteer training and participation programme ‘Dragons in the Hills’.
The role will be working across the district of Newry Mourne and Down covering the Ring of Gullion AONB in Year 1, the Mournes AONB in Year 2 and Strangford and Lecale AONB in Year 3.
The project officer will work closely with Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, The Herpetological Society of Ireland and our local partners including The Mourne Heritage Trust, National Museums of Northern Ireland, National Trust, local partners, land managers and communities to involve and enthuse the public in amphibian and reptile conservation. You will need to enjoy working with people, have excellent communication, great organisation skills and experience of working with community groups, school groups or volunteers.
Amphibian and Reptile Groups of UK (ARG UK) is a registered charity (number 1165504) committed to the conservation of native amphibians and reptiles and their natural environment by supporting the development of a network of independent volunteer amphibian and reptile groups (ARGs).
Newry, Mourne and Down District Council/Comhairle Ceantair an Iúir, Mhúrn agus an Dúin (NMDDC) is a local authority in Northern Ireland that was established on 1 April 2015.
The Herpetological Society of Ireland is a voluntary organisation dedicated to advancement of herpetology in Ireland through education, outreach, and citizen science.
About the job
This is a 60% (3 days per week - 22.5 hrs per week) role.
The reward package is based around a salary of £23,000 - £26,000 pa pro rata plus contributions to a group personal pension scheme and other benefits, including 25 days (pro rata) annual leave.
The role of Dragons in the Hills Project Officer is a fixed term contract for 32 months from 1 April 2020 to 31 December 2022.
The role is based in the Council Offices of Newry, Mourne and Down District Council at Crossmaglen Community Centre, O’Fiaich Square, Crossmaglen, BT35 9AA. This post reports jointly to the coordinator of ARG UK and NMDDC Ring of Gullion AONB and Geopark Officer, and will be responsible for coordinating the Dragons in the Hills outreach and engagement project.
How to apply
Dragons in the Hills is a partnership project generously supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund