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 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.  There’s never been a better time to join Outdoor Recreation Northern Ireland!

A passion for the outdoors will help, but first and foremost we need you to have excellent skills in project delivery to add value to our team and deliver a first-rate service to our external stakeholders and clients.

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 a 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 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.

You’ll already have plenty of partnership working and consultation experience, including leading on public consultation events and successfully negotiating and influencing difficult situations.

Your wide range of skills will allow you to prepare 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 be responsible for 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 getting sign-off on concept and final designs, securing the necessary funding, project managing external consultants and ensuring the outputs meet the expectation of the client.

You’ll also look after, when necessary, a project’s budget with regular monitoring and reporting back to Senior Management, funders and clients.

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 Project Officers who reflect the ambition, drive and dedication to producing 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 demonstrable track record of equivalent applied knowledge.
  • Between 3 to 5 years paid practical experience in successfully managing and delivering complex projects.

Behaviour and Competencies

  • Aptitude to think strategically, analytically, problem solve and make decisions.
  • Excellent project management skills including ability to:
    • manage project budgets
    • manage and prioritise a range of projects and tasks
    • manage and liaise with external suppliers and associates
    • deliver against tight timelines with minimal supervision
    • work effectively on your own and as part of a dispersed team
  • Excellent written communicator with ability to prepare detail orientated reports.
  • Strong verbal communicator to confidently:
    • advise, communicate and influence at all levels in a sensitive manner
    • deliver presentations to key stakeholders and clients
    • lead one-to-one and public consultations
  • 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 £29,909, this is the start point of a pay scale bracket of £29,909-£32,233

In addition, we will give you a contribution towards a NILGOSC pension –  currently 18% of pensionable salary.  Your contribution will be 6.5% 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.