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A fantastic job opportunity has arisen for a Project Officer (part time 3 days/week) for the Dragons in the Hills Partnership Project in Northern Ireland.

Amphibian and Reptile Groups of UK (ARG UK) are seeking an experienced outreach officer to champion community engagement in the Newry, Mourne and Down District, and to continue developing the volunteer training and participation programme funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund,  ‘Dragons in the Hills’, which will be connecting communities with nature to conserve amphibians and reptiles.

You will work closely with Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, The Herpetological Society of Ireland and local partners and stakeholders  including The Ring of Gullion AONB, 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.

This is a fixed term contract running for 20 months from 1 May 2021 to 31 December 2022 (subject to funding there may be an opportunity for a short extension). The salary is in the range of £23-26,000 p.a. (pro rata for 3 days per week), depending on experience.

Subject to COVID-19 restrictions you will be based at Crossmaglen Community Centre, O’Fiaich Square, Crossmaglen, BT35 9AA,  and the post will work across the Council District of Newry Mourne and Down District Council. There will be a possibility of hot desking in the Mournes and Downpatrick. If offices are closed due to COVID-19 restrictions then the position would be home-based.

ARG UK promotes equality of opportunity in all of its employment practices.

  document To find out more about this position download the job specification here. (128 KB)

   document To apply for the post please download the application form (note we do not accept cvs), and return to info (525 KB)

Deadline for applications is 5 pm on Friday 16th April. Interviews will be held electronically (by Zoom) in the week commencing 26th April.


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