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Project Officer
Whiteknights Reading UK

Job reference: SRF31032

Location: Whiteknights Reading UK

Closing date: 13/01/2020

Job live date: 05/12/2019

Salary: £30,942 per annum

Employment type: PM-ALC

Department: School of Archaeology Geography & Environmental Science

Division: Geography & Environmental Science

Hours Per Week:: 1.00 FTE

Employment Basis/Type: Full-time, Fixed-term until July 2022

The NERC Community for Engaging Environments is a 3-year national programme of public engagement with environmental research. We are seeking a highly motivated Project Officer to join our Project Director and cross-institutional team to manage the effective delivery of the initiative, including the transfer of learning from the project to the University of Reading and its developing public engagement strategy.



In developing a national community of practice, our over-arching aim is connecting those communities most affected by climate change with NERC environmental scientists at the forefront of advancing environmental research in this area. We will build capacity for this work through community listening, storytelling, co-created citizen science projects and training. Our ambition is to bring about a step change in how evidence and equity are considered in making sense of, and fostering collective action towards achieving global environmental justice.


The initiative is led by The University of Reading in partnership with The University of Birmingham, The University of Newcastle, The University of Salford, The University of Manchester, UCL, Earthwatch, Citizens UK, Tekiu, Figshare and over 30 partner organisations around the UK.


The Project Officer will commit to the values underpinning our work to ensure a safe and inclusive environment for participating staff, students, external partners and public participants who come from a range of disciplinary, institutional and cultural backgrounds.


An important aspect of this role will be your ability to deal with uncertainty and changing circumstances, using your experience to form appropriate responses to keep project delivery on track.



The Project Officer reports directly to the Project Director.


What you'll need to succeed:

  • Ability to drive delivery of the project plan and problem solve issues as necessary;
  • Experience of delivering projects to costs, timescales and quality;
  • Experience of developing relationships with team members, researchers, practitioners and policymakers, as well as scoping and managing delivery and execution of collaborations, including expectation setting;
  • Curiosity and drive to proactively explore and pursue opportunities to work meaningfully with others to increase reach and impact, and to leverage wider benefits for the project;
  • Experience working on projects with digital content and social media campaigns;
  • A keen interest in the latest developments in public engagement with environmental science, community-based participatory research or social innovation


This is a full-time position. It is fixed term until July 2022. The position is located in Reading with travel as required across the UK.


This Job Description sets out the current duties of the post that may vary from time to time without changing the general character of the post or the level of responsibility entailed.


Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.


The Department of Geography and Environmental Science holds a Silver Athena SWAN award. The University is committed to equality of opportunity and encourages application from marginalised individuals.


Informal contact details

Alternative informal contact details

Contact role:

Project Director

Contact role:

Project Storytelling Lead

Contact name:

Hilary Geoghegan

Contact name:

Erinma Ochu

Contact email:

Contact email:


Interviews will be held on 28 January 2020


The University is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce, supports the gender equality Athena SWAN Charter and the Race Equality Charter, and is a Diversity Champion for Stonewall, the leading LGBT+ rights organisation.  Applications for job-share, part-time and flexible working arrangements are welcomed and will be considered in line with business needs.


The closing date for this job has now passed.


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