Natural Resource and Volunteer Officer

Natural Resource and Volunteer Officer

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CAT seeks a Natural Resource and Volunteer officer to work alongside the Woodland and Natural Resource Officer to help deliver on the woodland management of the site and coordinate and work alongside our fantastic volunteers.

About CAT

The Centre for Alternative Technology is an education, research and visitor centre demonstrating practical solutions for sustainability. CAT inspires, informs and enables people to achieve positive changes in their personal and work lives and local communities. CAT is a national charity based in mid Wales and celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2014.

This post will be based in and around CAT’s site located at the picturesque Llwyngwern site, within easy reach of Machynlleth, the Snowdonia National Park and Cardigan Bay. The site is also within the UNESCO Dyfi Biosphere reserve, which is an area noted for its natural beauty, biodiversity and active sustainability and renewable technology businesses and communities.


The Natural Resources and Volunteer Officer works as a member of the CAT Estates Department which maintains the CAT site and infrastructure, allowing it to meet the needs of its visitors, students, staff and volunteers. The estate includes buildings, gardens, woodland, sanitation systems, the cliff railway, visitor centre displays and IT function.

The CAT Estates department endeavours to demonstrate sustainability principles through its work, whilst working towards reducing ongoing maintenance costs and working with the other CAT teams to deliver excellent customer service.

Working alongside the Woodland and Natural Resources Officer, the post holder will support the work of the department by helping deliver the woodland maintenance program, helping maintain the site water treatment and sewage systems and helping to enhance the biodiversity on the site.

This post will also provide oversight of the CATs volunteer recruitment and induction processes and provide support for volunteers during their time at CAT.

The job is split into three days Natural Resource and one day Volunteer Coordination.

Job Details

  • Salary: £19227.57 per annum pro rata
  • 30 hours per week (0.8 FTE)
  • Responsible to: Woodland and Natural Resources Officer
  • Working Days: Normally between Monday to Friday with some evening and weekend work when required. To be agreed with department.
  • Closing date for applications: 12pm (noon) Friday, 14th February 2020
  • This post is subject to a DBS check

Main Responsibilities

  • To assist in the delivery of the woodland management and biodiversity programmes
  • To assist in the delivery of the water and sanitation management programme
  • Maintenance of relevant documentation and service record
  • Compliance with the CAT’s Health & Safety Policy at all times
  • Coordinate the volunteer recruitment, induction and management processes in compliance with the CAT volunteer policy
  • Assist in the training and management of volunteers working within the Natural resources and Estate teams
  • Be aware of safeguarding and GDPR requirements and support volunteers through the period of occupation
  • Maintain databases and undertake any other administrative duties
  • To act as first aider
  • Any other duties commensurate with the post
Natural Resource and Volunteer Officer - Job Description

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