Project Engagement Officer

Our Heritage Lottery Funded DNAire project is entering the formal project development stage and we need to recruit a suitably experienced Engagement Officer to work with us.

This is a new and exciting opportunity to work with ART in partnership with the Environment Agency to help reconnect the ecology of the iconic River Aire from Gargrave to Leeds City Centre. The Environment Agency and the Aire Rivers Trust (ART) have recently secured a Stage 1 Heritage Lottery Fund grant for our Developing the Natural Aire (DNAire) project.

The River Aire flows from its headwaters down through heavily urbanised areas in Bradford and Leeds. The River Aire suffered from centuries of industrial neglect and pollution and is now on the verge of full regeneration. DNAire will enable the return of the iconic Atlantic salmon as well as other migratory species such as sea trout, brown trout, eel and lamprey. We will use this as a means to engage people with the natural, industrial and cultural heritage of the river. This will provide wide benefits for people, communities, the natural environment and heritage along the River Aire from Leeds city centre to Gargrave.

ART is seeking a Project Engagement Officer with experience in designing and delivering community engagement in support of ecological improvements. The Project Engagement Officer will be responsible in the first year for assisting in the development phase of a natural Heritage Lottery Fund project to help secure funding for a further three years for the delivery phase. This will include identification and collaboration with a very wide range of professional and pubic stakeholders, formulation of plans for future engagement and delivery of an innovative IT heavy programme.

You will be a self-starter and demonstrate a committed, mature and flexible approach to your work. We are looking for an individual with significant practical engagement and project management experience. You will have excellent organisational, communication and reporting skills and have the proven ability to work with a wide range of partners including volunteers, farmers, landowners and others.

Initially offered as a fixed term contract until 30th April 2019, it is hoped this will be extended for a further 3 years subject to satisfactory performance and Stage 2 funding being secured. This is an exciting opportunity to be part of the growing Aire Rivers Trust and to make a real difference to river environments in the Aire Catchment.

The Aire Rivers Trust is an independent environmental charity established to secure the preservation, protection, development and improvement of the rivers, streams, watercourses and water bodies in the Aire catchment, and to advance the education of the public in the management of water and the wider environment. If you believe that you have the passion, commitment and skills to take this unique opportunity forward then we would like to hear from you.

More details of the role and how to apply can be found on our website at

Job Description


Closing date: 28th November 2017 5:00pm
Hours: 37 per week
Salary: £25,000 ca
Salary Frequency: Per annum
This job is connected with: Aire Rivers Trust