Project Support Officer, Pollinator Fund team

Job Introduction

The ‘Community Pollinator Fund’ (2022-2024) was created to promote and fund community-led ecology projects that enhance biodiversity and pollinator habitats across the region. Reporting to the Pollinator Fund Project Manager, the Project Support Officer will work as part of the Environment Policy Delivery Team, providing support to the Pollinator Project and the delivery of the grant to ensure its wide strategic objectives and project specific milestones and deliverables are met on time and to budget. 

This role will involve using a range of skills including: risk & issues tracking; grant evaluation; tracking, evaluation and reporting on the project; report preparation; database development and management; and event organising. All of which will aim to ensure the smooth and effective delivery of the project.

The post holder should possess NVQ Level 3 or equivalent, excellent IT skills and knowledge of a range of project and programme management tools and techniques. Along with experience in collating and presenting key information and draft reports to a project lead, the candidate should also have experience in promoting projects to internal and external stakeholders, including presenting to forums.

Package Description

The Project: Community Pollinator Fund

The Combined Authority agreed a Climate & Ecological Strategy and Action Plan in April 2022. This recognised the importance of addressing the ecological emergency and sets the ambition for nature to be in recovery by 2030 and wildlife abundance has increased by 30% by 2030.  

The Combined Authority has created a three year ‘Community Pollinator Fund’ (2022-2024) to promote and fund community-led ecology projects that enhance biodiversity and pollinator habitats across the region. The fund, will  invite proposals for a range of smaller scale projects i.e. below landscape-scale that offer multiple environmental and societal benefits, with an emphasis on supporting pollinators and community engagement. 

The competitive fund is expected to be open for applications in tranches and will offer revenue grants from £1k up to a maximum of £100k for successful proposals that meet the Funds' criteria in the CA area.  Running in parallel to the fund itself, will be a broader series of promotional activities aimed to raise public awareness of the importance of pollinators and the easy actions that could be taken to support them. 

The fund is expected to support in the region of 100 small scale habitat creation initiatives (depending on scope and scale of applications) which empower and engage communities.  Overall, the fund is expected to deliver the following outputs: 

  •  new and improved pollinator habitats 
  • volunteer hours of community members practically engaged in habitat creation projects; 
  • community members practically engaged in habitat creation projects 

About the Company

The West Of England Combined Authority is an equal opportunities employer, in line with the Equalities Act 2010, and invite applicants to contact us to identify any additional support they may need during the recruitment process.

The West Of England Combined Authority is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We ensure all qualified applicants receive consideration for employment and particularly welcome applications from underrepresented groups without regard to race, colour, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or citizenship status.

Flexible and Hybrid working.

The Combined Authority is adopting a Hybrid working approach, which enables employees to split their week between working in the workplace and working remotely.

Hybrid Working forms just part of the flexible working options that the Combined Authority is offering as the new way of working. Flexible working is an arrangement that enables employees to have a way of working that suits and employee’s and employer’s needs whilst maintain a work-life balance.



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