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Community Engagement and Activity Coordinator
The Parks Trust
  • Salary £24,000 - £25,000 per year
  • Location Milton Keynes
  • Job Type Contract, Full-time
  • Category Volunteer Management
  • Sectors Environment
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Job Description

We’re looking for an outgoing and enthusiastic person to deliver our community activity and outreach programme for our exciting and high-profile project to ‘restore, reveal and revive’ the 18th Century landscape of Great Linford Manor Park in Milton Keynes. The project is funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the National Lottery Community Fund.

As Community Engagement and Activity Coordinator you’ll be playing a critical role within an experienced Project Team. You’ll be leading in the development and delivery of the events and activity programme to attract a diverse audience to this heritage-rich park, working with the Park Friends Group and others from the local community to engage them in the restoration work and undertaking outreach work to promote the project and the park.

Working for the Parks Trust means you’ll be with a successful and highly regarded parks management charity, which owns and maintains Milton Keynes’ renowned network of public parks and green spaces. You’ll be based at the Trust’s Head Office in Campbell Park in Central Milton Keynes but much of your time will be spent out and about in Great Linford Manor Park, located in the north of the city, and meeting with and delivering activities for park visitors and the wider community. Great Linford Manor Park is special in the Trust’s 2,500 hectare portfolio of parks in Milton Keynes – it’s our only historic park set within the modern layout and extensive green environment of the new town. The Park is rich in layers of history and provides the landscaped surroundings to a group of important listed buildings.

The programme of events and activities we want to deliver are aimed at engaging people in the park and its heritage. This may range from hands-on practical volunteering to leading or simply attending guided walks and talks in the park. We want to make the park more attractive to a broader audience, with events ranging from heritage-themed learning activities to family fun days, community picnics and supported events for visitors who have special access needs. All of the activities will make a real difference for the park and will bring benefit to the local community by providing opportunities for people enjoy an improved public space and by promoting more social interaction and engagement in local heritage and the environment.

On a day to day basis, you’ll be:

  • Out and about meeting park visitors, community groups and representatives of a range of organisations.
  • Planning and delivering a programme of events in the park of varying size and type, including setting up and taking down of equipment and materials.
  • Preparing regular promotional and information bulletins/posts for the Trust’s communication outlets, newsletters, social media, etc.
  • Supporting the Park’s volunteer Friends Group in their role as ambassadors for the park.
  • Working alongside the Project Manager and attending project team meetings to ensure the activity programme is coordinated with the park restoration works.
  • Obtaining, collating and reporting feedback and other data from the event programme towards measuring, demonstrating and celebrating the success and outcomes of the project community activity and engagement programme.

To be successful in undertaking this role you’ll need:

  • A passion for and knowledge of working with the community.
  • Good organisational skills and practical abilities relevant to planning and delivering community events in an outdoor setting.
  • Good communication and presentation skills.
  • A keen interest in developing and delivering events and activities that encourage and enable the public to enjoy and experience a heritage parkland.
  • A flexible approach as hours may vary and will include weekend and evening work.

This is a fixed term project post for 3 years.

Hours: 37.5 hours per week

Closing date:   16th October 2019

Interview:  23rd / 24th October 2019

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