Health & Wellbeing Officer
- WWT Steart
- £29,351 per annum
- Position type
- Full Time
- Working pattern
- 37.5 hours per week
- Job advert
Location: WWT Steart Marshes, with regular visits to HQ WWT Slimbridge, Gloucestershire
This is a fixed term contract until the end of March 2022
The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust has been successful under the Green Recovery Challenge Fund in receiving £1.6M to further its ambition under its strategic Waterscapes Programme. The GRCF is aimed to support projects that are ready to deliver and focus on nature restoration, nature-based solutions and connecting people with nature, delivering against the goals of the Government’s 25 Year Environment Plan (25YEP), whilst helping to sustain and build capacity in the sector.
The funded project ‘Enhancing Climate Resilience on the Somerset Coast’ is a partnership project predominantly based along the Somerset coastline from the Mendip Hills south to Bridgwater including land either-side of the Parrett Estuary and a number of Parishes within freshwater catchments west of the Quantock Hills.
This exciting project aims to deliver interventions across a landscape-scale to create and restore wetland habitat for biodiversity and ecosystem services, and enhance its resilience to climate change. It will also embed the knowledge and skills within local communities to continue this work in future.
The Project will contribute to:
• Wetland nature conservation and restoration, by creating or restoring over 100ha of habitat, including priority habitats such as coastal saltmarsh, freshwater ponds and wet woodlands.
• Delivering nature-based solutions to mitigate and adapt to climate change, through natural flood management and improved land management, helping to enhance flood resilience, improve soil and water quality, and further our knowledge on blue carbon sequestration.
• Connecting people with nature, by engaging local stakeholders (eg. landowners, students) in wetland conservation through community events, volunteering and citizen science. It aims to find new ways to support our mental and physical wellness by seeking ways to engage people with wetlands.
The project will create jobs and posts and retain positions within WWT and its partners. We will enhance local knowledge and skills, offering specific upskilling and work experience opportunities for young people.
Your role is centred on connecting people with nature and facilitating WWT to find new and innovative ways to engage people with wetlands for health promotion. Principally through social prescribing mechanisms, in alignment with the NHS long term plan, but with exploration of non-prescribed routes to further promote wellbeing in the community. You will design and deliver outdoor nature-based interventions that meet the needs of people experiencing mild/moderate mental health problems, as such you will have experience in this field and be adept at creating the health networks required to establish a wetland health programme. You will also play a central role in evaluating the success of the programme, with support from WWT’s Ecosystem Health and Social Dimensions Unit (EHSD) and academic partners. Additionally, you will also work with our mental health charity partners, The Mental Health Foundation, to establish peer support networks and online resources that augment the programme.
We anticipate you will have prior experience in the health sector working with people experiencing mental health problems, and/or experience delivering outdoor mental health interventions, in addition to a commitment to achieving high levels of safeguarding. Knowledge and experience of research procedures, especially as it relates to social data, will also be an important skill; knowledge of social prescribing systems will also be advantageous. With a significant time requirement spent outside and engaging people with wetlands you will bring knowledge and a passion for the natural environment, a commitment to learn and the ability to convey the importance and wonder of wetlands to others.
The Green Recovery Challenge Fund is funded by Defra and is being delivered by The National Lottery Heritage Fund in partnership with Natural England and the Environment Agency.
In return for your hard work and dedication you’ll enjoy a wide range of benefits including:
- 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays increasing to 30 days after 5 years’ service
- Contributory pension scheme (conditions apply)
- Life assurance
- Free parking
- Cycle to work scheme
- Free entry to all our centres
Appointment to this position is subject to the successful candidate receiving an enhanced disclosure and barred list check (child).
Closing date: 31st January 2021
Interview date: 9th February 2021
WWT is an equal opportunities employer and all applications will be considered solely on merit.
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