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Coastal Officer (NI), National Trust


In this exciting 2 year Coastal Officer post you will work as part of our internal Consultancy Service in the Northern Ireland region of the National Trust. We are looking for a Coastal Officer to work alongside colleagues (at property, regional and national level) and external stakeholders to advocate for improved coastal policy, raise awareness of coastal processes, plan for change and manage some specific coastal projects.

National Trust in Northern Ireland looks after 108 miles of coast - 22% of the coastline and includes some of the most internationally renowned coastal landscapes in NI such as the Giant’s Causeway, Murlough Nature Reserve and much of Strangford Lough. Given the extent of our coastal land holdings, we are well placed to provide leadership and be an advocate for better management and access to Northern Ireland’s coastline. The Coastal Officer will provide a focus for our coastal activities, raise awareness about our work and lead our advocacy for improved policy to protect and manage the Northern Ireland coastline and plan for coastal change. The opportunity to champion coastal management is an important element of our organisation-wide Land, Outdoors and Nature ambitions.

What it's like to work here

We’re bigger than you think, we’re more complicated than we appear and we’re larger scale than you’d imagine. We’ve got passionate people in all our teams, and we’ve got so much more we want to achieve.

Your base location will be the office hub of Rowallane Garden, Saintfield, but flexible working arrangements are in place to support our people during the pandemic. Some travel may be required during the pandemic as deemed essential for the delivery of the project, but we encourage video calls and virtual meetings where possible as the default. We work within a hybrid working model which includes working at home if appropriate.

What you'll be doing

We can offer an exciting role where you can make a real difference working alongside a dedicated team of multi-disciplinary consultants and experienced countryside managers. The key strands of work you will be involved with include;

  • Advocacy for updated legislation and improved policy to protect and manage our coast

  • Production of (and revision of existing) Coastal Adaptation Strategies in conjunction with Countryside Managers, using these interactions to identify areas for sequestering blue carbon and inform local stakeholder engagement.

  • Provide project management and/or technical expertise for coastal projects

You will have plenty of experience of partnership working, engaging and managing stakeholders and great influencing and negotiation skills as well as the ability to develop good coastal community relations. You will have the aptitude to think strategically, while keeping on top of the detail and have strong leadership skills. Excellent written and verbal communication skills will be needed and brilliant inter-personal skills will enable you to work with people from different specialisms across different channels and situations. You will be able to work effectively on your own and as part of a dispersed team.

Who we're looking for

To be successful in this role you'll need to have;

  • Knowledge of communications and stakeholder management processes and practices including techniques to influence and negotiate

  • Experience in Project management practices and the use of frameworks to deliver projects

  • Strong Knowledge and understanding of coastal processes and coastal change management

  • Awareness of relevant legislation and policy

  • Degree level education or equivalent in relevant field or relevant experience

The package

The National Trust has the motto ‘For everyone, for ever’ at its heart. We’re working hard to create an inclusive culture, where everyone feels they belong. It’s important that our people reflect and represent the diversity of the communities and audiences we serve. We welcome and value difference, so when we say we’re for everyone, we want everyone to be welcome in our teams too.

Wherever you’re from, and whatever your background, we want to hear from you – and it doesn’t matter if you’re jam first, cream first, or even if you don’t like scones at all. Everyone is welcome.

Benefits for working at the National Trust include:

  • Flexible working whenever possible

  • Free parking at most locations

  • Free entry to our properties for you, a guest and your children (under 18)

  • Substantial pension scheme of up to 10% basic salary

We do not accept CVs or covering letters for Northern Ireland vacancies. Please fill out the online application form on the National Trust Jobs website.

We are committed to equal opportunities and welcome applicants regardless of religious beliefs, political opinion, race, sex, marital status, age or disability.

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