Assistant Project Officer

Date Posted: 13th March 2018

Closing Date: 11th April, 2018 at 1500


The deadline for applications for this position has now passed.

We are looking for driven and enthusiastic team players to join our dynamic team leading the strategic direction of outdoor recreation development across Northern Ireland.

Increased demand for our services means we are seeking 2 Assistant Project Officers to join a busy Projects Team working to increase opportunities to improve the nation’s health and well-being and drive activity tourism.

Previous paid work experience is not a requirement, a passion for the outdoors will help, but first and foremost we need you to demonstrate the potential to add value to our team and deliver a first-rate service to our external stakeholders and clients.

If you are seeking to challenge yourself and keen to learn through delivery of practical projects then there’s never been a better time to join Outdoor Recreation Northern Ireland!

Who we are

Outdoor Recreation Northern Ireland is a vibrant not-for-profit organisation with the vision to ‘place outdoor recreation at the heart of society’.

We deliver projects for a wide range of partners and clients, including Sport NI, NIEA, Tourism NI, local councils, environmental non-government organisations e.g. National Trust, private estates and community groups the length and breadth of Northern Ireland and more recently the Republic of Ireland.

We pride ourselves in keeping abreast of international best practice to provide innovative solutions for our partners and clients. Our key areas of activity include:

  • Feasibility and Scoping Studies
  • Holistic Site Planning and Development
  • Innovative Product Planning and Development
  • Marketing Strategy, Planning and Delivery
  • Event Management
  • Best Practice Training

In terms of the Projects Team, a snapshot of our recent projects includes:

  • Development of a visitor focused Masterplan for Gosford Forest Park.
  • Development of a Community Trail Plan for Newry, Mourne and Down – connecting communities to each other and their green space.
  • Undertaking an outdoor recreation, open spaces and access audit of the Binevenagh and Coastal Lowlands.
  • Undertaking a feasibility and scoping assessment of possible links from Connemara National Park to Kylemore Abbey.

To gain further details of our vision, project and your potential colleagues see

What will you help us do?

Based in Belfast, you’ll join an ever-expanding Projects Team to work on a wide range of outdoor recreation projects across the whole of Ireland.

As an Assistant Project Officer, you’ll bring a commitment to helping more people enjoy the outdoors through the scoping, planning, design and delivery of a range of outdoor recreation projects.

As part of a flexible and dynamic team you will be involved in assisting your colleagues in carrying out desk research, visiting sites to carry out site assessments and audits, working with specialists e.g. trail designers, ecologists, engineers etc, preparing a range of written reports and presenting your work through presentations to our clients.

Your skills will allow you to assist your colleagues in preparing Outdoor Recreation Strategies, Community Trail Plans, Scoping Studies, Feasibility Studies and Master Plans for outdoor recreation sites ranging from a site e.g. forest, through to an area e.g. Council or Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

As well as planning for outdoor recreation you’ll assist your colleagues in taking projects right from concept stage through to delivery on the ground e.g. the development of walking, cycling and mountain biking trails and bespoke play.  These are rewarding but often challenging projects and will involve you working with colleagues to get sign-off on concept and final designs, securing the necessary funding, working with external consultants and ensuring the outputs meet the expectation of the client.

Given the nature of the organisation you will be expected, providing you have the necessary skills, to help your colleagues, on other projects as and when required.  The nature of our work inevitably means you will be required to do some evening work and overnight stays.

Who we’re looking for?

We’re looking for Assistant Project Officers who reflect the ambition, drive and dedication to produce a first-rate service for our clients.  Competitive candidates will be able to demonstrate the following knowledge, skills and experience:

Education and Experience

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent.
  • Undertaken practical work experience – either paid or voluntary, within the past 24 months.
  • Experience of preparing written reports (academic or workplace)
  • Experience of formally presenting, in a professional manner, to a group of people (academic or workplace)
  • Experience of undertaking primary research (academic or workplace) and have a knowledge of different research techniques.

Behaviour and competencies

  • The ability to communicate in a confident but sensitive manner.
  • Aptitude to think strategically, analytically, problem solve and make decisions.
  • Highly self-motivated with the ability to act on personal initiative.
  • Valuable team player with a desire to share learning and ideas.
  • Driven to improve personal professional development through a willingness to learn and update knowledge and skills.
  • Knowledge of Outdoor Recreation Northern Ireland’s Strategy, objectives and role.
  • Knowledge of key issues and trends in outdoor recreation across the United Kingdom and Ireland.
  • IT competency in the use of applications including at a minimum Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Has a full current driving licence and use of a car, or access to a form of transport that allows the post holder to meet the requirements of the post in full.

What we offer?

We offer the opportunity to work 37 hours a week in a small, flexible and dynamic organisation on a fixed term contract up until 31st March 2021.  Your starting salary will be £19,446, this is the start point of a pay scale bracket of £19,446 – £23,111.

In addition, we will give you a contribution towards a NILGOSC pension –  currently 18% of pensionable salary.  Your contribution will be 5.8% of pensionable salary

You will initially get 22 days annual leave plus public holidays, your annual leave increasing with years’ service.

You will also be able to work “flexi” as set out in the Company’s flexible working hours policy.