Engagement Manager (Green Spaces) 

SALARY: £27,000 – £28,000 per annum dependant on experience

HOURS: 37.5 hours per week

CONTRACT TYPE: 12-month Fixed Term with possibility of extension

LOCATION: Torbay, with the occasional requirement to work in other locations across Devon & Cornwall.

Job Ref: DC08

A community charity, at Groundwork South, we are changing places, changing lives across the South of England, one green step at a time.


Do you have a passion for the natural environment? Can you inspire and motivate whilst building trusting community relationships, communicating confidently and successfully across a broad range of audiences? If so then we want to hear from you!

Groundwork South is pleased to offer an exciting new opportunity for a ‘Green Spaces Community Engagement Manager’ to join our rapidly expanding team in Torbay.

At Groundwork, we believe in creating better places, improving prospects, and promoting greener living. We strive for:

  • better environments for the benefit of communities,
  • environments more resilient and adapted to meet the climate crisis challenges
  • people more empowered to engage in local decision-making and voluntary action to improve local communities
  • young people and long term unemployed motivated to engage in education or training

We are looking for a dynamic Community Engagement Manager who can take ownership over a dual role leading a small team of project officers and take an active role in engaging and training volunteers across Torbay.

Torbay has many fantastic Green Spaces Groups already, including established Friends of Groups. You will need to actively engage more volunteers to join these groups & deliver the training that they need to become empowered volunteers, whilst also encouraging and supporting the creation of new groups.

We want to encourage more diverse resident engagement with Green Spaces through closer working with schools, young adults, community groups, health professionals, local businesses, sponsorship and corporate volunteering. We need someone with an entrepreneurial flair that isn’t afraid to investigate new ways of working and make things happen.

Key skills that we are looking for:

  • Fantastic engagement, presentation and communication skills.
  • An experienced team leader/manager, with the ability to lead a small team.
  • A community capacity builder able to bring out the best in every community
  • Someone with a strong community focus, to understand the local area and meet the needs of the local communities across Torbay.
  • Knowledge of and practical skills in horticulture, environmental conservation and land management.
  • To be able to work independently at a fast pace, managing competing deadlines and priorities

This is a fantastic opportunity to help safeguard the correct management of Torbay’s Parks and Open Spaces and leave a legacy for the people of Torbay to enjoy for many years to come.

In return we offer:

  • 25 days per annum plus English Bank Holidays
  • A contributory pension scheme
  • Scope to continuing development of your professional skills

Full UK driving licence and access to your own vehicle for which you will need to be insured for business use. Employees are able to claim back mileage rates as per our Expenses Policy.

Groundwork South is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable groups. Inline with our Safer Recruitment & Selection Policy and Procedure, successful applicants are subject to references and an enhanced with barred lists disclosure check.


A job application pack can be downloaded from below please send your application form to Louise Bucknell, louise.bucknell@groundwork.org.uk

For an informal and in confidence discussion about the role, please contact Liz Muir, liz.muir@groundwork.org.uk  or 07718 043224.

Closing date: 25th October 2020

Interview date: w/c 26th October 2020


Engagement Manager – Green Spaces JDPS

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CVs will not be accepted. No agencies, please. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Please note that we reserve the right to close applications early in the event of a large response.

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