Wandle Valley HLF Project Officer vacancy

Responsible to: CEO

Responsible for: Volunteers  

Hours: 37.5 per week

Salary: £25,000

Contract: Full time, 12-month fixed contract. Immediate start preferred

Location: Morden Hall Park, Merton SM4 5JD

Closing date: 16 April 2018

How to apply:

Email Sue Morgan at info@wandlevalleypark.co.uk with the following:-

  • A covering letter
  • Full CV
  • A summary (no more than two sides of A4) showing in detail how you meet the person specification.             

All applications for this position will be subject to enhanced DBS clearance and be subject to references.

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Job Background:

Wandle Valley Regional Park

The Wandle Valley Regional Park is a network of over 40 green spaces, and 12 nature reserves, linked by the riverside Wandle Trail, covering some 900 hectares. It is a strategically important asset for London, which can provide significant environmental benefits, support sustainable economic growth, and build enduring social capital and resilience for its growing communities. The Wandle Valley area encompasses four London Boroughs: Wandsworth, Merton, Sutton and Croydon.


Wandle Valley Regional Park Trust

Set up in 2013, the Wandle Valley Regional Park Trust’s (WVRPT) vision is for the Wandle Valley to be a coherent and a vital part of London’s green space network, creating a place, rich in heritage, where people are proud to live, work and play, that contributes to the economic vibrancy of South London.


Since its inception, the Trust has secured over £1.6m of investment and has delivered a number of projects throughout the Wandle Valley, encompassing improvements to parks and nature areas, physical activity and health, and community volunteering. The Trust is an independent Limited Company and a charity, managed by a board of Trustees made up by the London Boroughs (Wandsworth, Merton, Sutton), statutory agencies (Natural England and Environment Agency), landowners (National Trust and Mitcham Common Conservators and local community organisations (Wandle Valley Forum and Wandle Trust).


Unlike other regional parks, the Trust was established with no core development funding, nor a clear business model. Nonetheless, we have demonstrated a strong four-year track record by securing investment, political support, and partnership opportunities. This has culminated in our new five-year strategy which sees the Trust recast as a dynamic and enterprising organisation, which coordinates the resources, organisations and people to realise our vision for the Wandle Valley. In addition, we have been successful in attracting funding and partner support from the HLF and other key stakeholders including the GLA, to develop a new model of management for the delivery of Green Infrastructure in a sub-regional context. https://wandlevalleypark.co.uk/strategy.


Responsibilities of the Wandle Valley Project Officer:

The role of Wandle Valley Project Officer has been created through funding from the HLF and partners to oversee the smooth running of the HLF Resilience Project over 12 months and to support the part time CEO with general duties and project delivery.

You will work with:

  • the CEO to ensure the smooth running of the HLF Resilient Project over 12 months and general support of project delivery
  • the Board of Trustees and Wandle Valley Stakeholders
  • a team of external consultants who will be leading the HLF Resilience Project
  • our stakeholders, partners, and the wider Wandle Valley community
  • volunteers from our pilot Wandle Rangers programme

Your duties will be:

  • Liaising and engaging with the individuals and groups named above
  • Ensuring project documentation is up-to-date and available to staff, consultants and funders as necessary
  • Coordinate, provide support and secretariat duties at project management meetings, learning events and other engagement opportunities, providing agendas, minutes and communication with participants in between meetings
  • Communicating with, and promoting activities and events to the wider Wandle Community and London network through newsletters, updating the Trust’s webpages and through social media
  • Managing volunteers
  • General project management, ensuring milestones are reached project outcomes are evaluated and feedback obtained
  • Help to coordinate the work of consultants, our small staff team, contractors and volunteers
  • Health and Safety of the project – ensuring that all risk assessments are produced and followed
  • Work with the consultants, GLA and Lee Valley Regional Park to organise and coordinate events and seminars
  • Coordinate recruitment, induction and training of the Wandle Rangers volunteers
  • Working with volunteers and consultants, oversee the development of our first Wandle Wonder Box; a refurbished shipping container which will be used store tools and bikes
  • Ensure that all finance systems in relation to the HLF and other funding are monitored and managed, including cashflow sheets and claims and reports to HLF
  • Ensure all data from all project events and activities are recorded and evaluated




Please also see our volunteering pages