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Volunteers Part-Time: Area Campaigns Officers (6 to 8 hrs/week, Home Based)

Closing date is 31st March 2021 and interviews to be held in early April.

If you would like to apply for the position, please send your CV and a covering letter to Vic Ient via vic.ient.sdn@gmail.com

Summary

The South Downs Network (SDN) are looking to recruit 3 part-time Area Campaigns Officers for:

  • Hampshire
  • West Sussex
  • East Sussex

to assist in their environmental, countryside communities and landscape protection work.

Job description

General: The SDN are seeking a part-time Area Campaigns Officer who would work approximately 30 hours per month, – 6 to 8 hours per week on average. Ideally these hours should be split over at least 2 days. The Area Officer would report to the Campaigns Officer and would also work with the Administrator, Membership Secretary and Social Media Specialist.

Purpose of Role: To work within the SDN team, supporting environmental campaigns. To work with local member organisations and community groups supporting their campaigns.

Scope of Role: This role will require flexibility to work on different campaigns over time which will involve:

– Supporting local individuals and groups of volunteers on environmental campaigns

– Arranging events in co-ordination with the SDN team

– Encouraging local organisations to join the SDN

Campaigns

  • Help to develop and run campaigns. Monitor and report back on their progress
  • Support SDN work to build positive relations with other organisations’ public bodies including the South Downs National Park
  • Writing content for print and online communications
  • Reporting on external events and meetings
  • Keep under review the priority areas for campaigns, having regard to the political and funding opportunities and the success in building relationships, influencing decision makers, and local campaign group capacity and support
  • Collaborate with other organisations to support environmental campaigns
  • Contribute to fundraising efforts to secure the donations to help SDN campaigns and communications
  • Write briefings, reports and other campaign materials

Events

  • Develop proposals for events
  • Research venues (post-COVID)
  • Contribute to material to publicise and promote events
  • Research opportunities for new events and speakers

Hours/Work from Home:

This is a home-based role and would suit anyone who has an interest in or lives near the South Downs National Park. The current COVID situation means that meetings and activities will be carried out remotely but even when restrictions are eased, we intend that the role should continue to be carried out on a remote working basis. However, we are keen to encourage team working and fellowship so as regulations permit, we would want to organise face-to-face meetings and encourage the attendance at relevant events. Reasonable expenses will be paid for travel from Homebase to meeting locations. The role requires at least 5 hours office support per week. There may be the opportunity to attend other events or activities associated with the SDN on a mutually agreed basis.

Skills:

Important skills:

  • Microsoft Word
  • Administration
  • Timekeeping
  • Verbal and written communication
  • Organisational

Desirable skills:

  • Use of WordPress
  • Zoom Conferencing
  • Use of Facebook and Twitter

Training will be given on how to use Zoom conferencing and WordPress

Closing date is 31st March 2021 and interviews to be held in early April.

If you would like to apply for the position, please send your CV and a covering letter to Vic Ient via vic.ient.sdn@gmail.com

Your application will be treated with the utmost confidentiality.

About the Organisation

The South Downs Network (SDN) was formed in 2010 when the South Downs National Park came into being. Its origins stem from the South Downs Campaign which had been formed some 20 years before the National Park was formed in 1990. Its objective was to campaign for the formation of a National Park in the South Downs. The SDN is now made up of over 40 independent groups and charities across the South Downs National Park including organisations such as CPRE and the Wildlife Trusts in Hampshire & Sussex. An important service to its member is the sharing of news, key consultations and events. We campaign for the best possible environment to protect the beauty and landscape of the Park together with its environs. Our aim is a sustainable future, meeting the challenge of climate change.

The SDN:

  • Have strategic input into the SDNPA through the SDNPA Partnership Management Plan
  • key contributors to documents such as the partnership management plan and the SDNP Local Plan.
  • Have a close relationship with the South Coast Alliance for Transport and the Environment.
  • Are members of the Protected Landscape group in Transport Forum of Transport for the South East (TfSE).
  • An observer member of the Campaign for National Parks.

The SDN participate in National Park, Local Authority and National Government (in particular Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra)) consultations and surveys.

In the recent few years, the pressure on the environment and natural landscape has increased significantly. Along with this there is a greater need for organisations like the SDN to campaign for sustainable solutions to mitigate the effects of climate change in the built environment, in rural communities and in the natural world. Because of this the SDN are keen to ensure good communications with our member organisations and towards governmental organisations.  We will continue to continue the campaign to protect our beautiful landscape and natural environment whilst encouraging businesses to move to sustainable economic solutions thus minimising or eliminating the effect of carbon emissions.

The SDN are made up of over 40 member organisations throughout the South Downs National Park. It has an Executive Committee and a Chairperson. The organisation is supported by a volunteer Organiser who reports to the chair. The SDN are also supported by a Treasurer, Membership Administrator, and a Social Media Specialist. Now they wish to supplement the team with Area Campaigns Officers.