Support research / admin / internship

Nearly Wild: Strengthening the nature-based economy in Powys

Closing date for applications : Applications by 6pm, 14th December 2019. Post to commence January 2020 by agreement.

Background

Nearly Wild is a start-up enterprise based in Powys which has the ultimate aim of strengthening the connections between people and the natural world.

We do this through a focus on nature-based businesses, bringing together the businesses that provide opportunities for people to understand and explore the natural world (providers) with the people who want to take up those opportunities and who will buy the providers’ products and services (explorers).

Our work to do this will be supported by our website - www.nearlywild.org.uk – which we use to publish relevant blogs and downloads, as well as to host directories listing relevant businesses and organisations, and equipment and support.

We are beginning a pilot project - Strengthening the nature-based economy in Powys – for which we wish to appoint a part-time Administration / Support Researcher. Through this project, we will be piloting a methodology for supporting and developing the supply chains of nature-based businesses located in Powys.

Overview of the role

The Administrator/Support Researcher will work closely with the Project Manager, providing the Project Manager with a wide variety of information needed to guide and deliver the project.

The postholder will be expected to carry out both primary and secondary research, using a variety of methods including Web searches, phone and face-to-face semi-structured interviews and conversations, support with participatory activities at events and workshops. Training will be given, as necessary, to support the postholder.

Research topics are likely to include: identifying nature-based businesses in Powys; the nature of their commercial activity; the scale of their operations; their target markets; their locations; their partners or any collaborative activity.

The postholder will be required to use a variety of formats to report on findings and analysis, including spreadsheets, narrative reporting, diagrams and infographics, data tables, verbal, Powerpoint or similar presentation formats. 

Main responsibilities

  • Basic administrative support
  • Occasional work with external contractors, consultants and / or volunteers
  • Researching and building spreadsheets of nature-based business or community groups / organisations trading nature-based products and services
  • Researching and building spreadsheets of buyers of nature-based products
  • Supporting the Project Manager with interviews, and carrying out interviews (following initial guidance and training)
  • Support to social media management
  • Support to filming interviews and other materials for Utube and other media
  • Basic administration of website entries
  • Providing support at events and shows
  • Other general support tasks.

Person Specification

This is a junior role designed for a recent graduate or similar to gain experience. It would ideally suit an intern type opportunity or someone wishing to supplement their income during establishment of their own nature based business or while working in related environmental or conservation work.

Essential skills and experience include:

  • Strong administrative skills and ability to work to grant reporting systems
  • Basic computer skills in Excel and Word
  • Basic knowledge of business, social enterprise and supply chains.
  • Basic administrative support skills, including organising meetings, liaison with project participants, event invitations and management, venue booking etc.
  • Basic social media and website work, including Facebook and Instagram.
  • Research and interviewing skills, or an ability with people and demonstrably willing to learn
  • An interest in eco-business, green economies, nature-based business.
  • A interest in the environment, nature and the natural world.
  • Basic understanding of Wales, Powys and their natural resources.

The postholder will receive some on the job training but any existing experience in the following areas would be an asset:

  • An interest in engagement and participatory techniques, either through voluntary or paid positions.
  • Additional computer skills - basic graphic, photography, art, video and other media experience
  • video filming, production and editing experience
  • Networked community development, including an understanding of the benefits and challenges of collaborative working
  • Participatory engagement practices and research
  • Market chain and participatory market development
  • Ability to work in Welsh

There will also be an opportunities to develop personal skills and areas of interest in keeping with the project, under the supervision and guidance of the Project Manager, depending on the individuals’ skills and interests.

Place of work

This is primarily a desk job and can be from home but will require field work across Powys, including some evenings and weekends. Preferably located within Powys. Will be required to regularly attend meetings in the Llanymynech or Newtown area, and able to work with the Project Manager remotely using email, phone and Skype (or similar).

Remuneration

This is a part-time job, flexible hours of approximately 18.5 hours per week (to be agreed by mutual consent) to be paid at £10 per hour for maximum 12 months.

Own transport will be required. Mileage will be reimbursed at the rate of 45p / mile.

It is assumed the post holder will use their own IT and other equipment.

Expenses

Must be managed within budget and at standard rates (based on actuals only). All expenses must be approved in advance with the Project Manager.

Recruitment Process

For more information and an informal conversation about the role, please contact Steve Evison on 07815 861480, steve@nearlywild.org

Closing date for applications : Applications by 6pm, 14th December 2019. Post to commence January 2020 by agreement.

The post will run for 12 months with a two month probation. The post will begin from January, 2020 and run until 31st December 2020, (though there is some flexibility so long as the required number of days can be delivered to deliver the project, by agreement with the Project Manager).

Shortlisted candidates will be asked to attend an interview in north Powys, at a date and time to be agreed with the candidate.

Please submit your application by email to Steve Evison on steve@nearlywild.org, in the form of:

  1. A CV detailing your relevant qualifications, skills and experience, including both paid and voluntary positions.
  2. A concise paper (no more than 2 sides of A4), describing:
    1. Why you are interested in the role
    1. The key reasons why you feel you are well suited to the role (no more than 5 reasons)
    1. When you would be able to start work
    1. Any other relevant information.