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Engagement Officer North: Flood and Coastal Resilience Innovation Programme (FCRIP)

Department: Engagement and Fundraising
Salary: £27,000 - £29,000 per annum (pro rata)
Location: Kendal and home-based plus travel around the Morecambe Bay coast
Contract: Fixed term for 5 years (preferred start date - by 1st April 2022)
Hours: Part time (0.5 FTE) which is 18.75 hours per week
Deadline: Monday 31 January at 9.00am

This exciting role offers the opportunity to use your engagement and communication skills to work at the cutting edge of natural flood risk management on the North West Coast.

As we face up to the climate emergency, the Flood and Coastal Resilience Innovation Programme (FCRIP) offers a unique opportunity to work in partnership with communities and stakeholders and, together, develop and test new approaches to combat coastal flooding in our region.

You will be central to the success of this innovative 5-year programme testing and developing nature-based solutions for coastal flood risk management rooted in community collaboration and co-design. This programme, called Ecological Community Owned Coastal Buffer Strips (ECO-CoBS), is one of the 25 pioneering projects awarded by DEFRA under the Flood and Coastal Resilience Innovation Programme (FCRIP).

There are two part-time (0.5FTE) roles available, one hosted by Morecambe Bay Partnership and the other by Lancashire Wildlife Trust.

We are looking for individuals who are passionate about promoting collaboration and enabling stakeholders and communities to take part in conversations about how to manage the impacts of our changing climate. You will have a very good understanding of current coastal environmental issues, the climate change agenda, and the issues of coastal flooding.

We need superb communicators, with the personal skills to build trust, and with a practical understanding of community and landowner engagement. You must be confident, articulate and able to explain complex or technical information simply, clearly and with enthusiasm. You’ll also be able to talk sensitively with community representatives of all backgrounds from farmers and land managers to parish councils and wider community groups from the locality. We encourage applicants with transferrable skills and experience.

The roles will involve extensive travel around the north west coast. You will need access to a vehicle and have a professional, positive and constructive approach to your job, embracing technology and new ways of working


To lead the community engagement at a range of key sites on the Cumbria and Lancashire coast as part of the Ecological Community Owned Coastal Buffer Strips (ECO-CoBS) programme.

To plan and deliver public consultations, communications and devise and deliver ways for stakeholders and communities to fully and meaningfully participate in the creation and/or testing of nature-based flood risk management solutions. You will support the FCRIP Programme Manager and work with site leads and the wider project team in all areas of community consultation, forging strong community links that drive forward the collaborative approach.

To work for the success of the ECO-CoBs and FCRIP programme by identifying and delivering tools and mechanisms to provide stakeholder buy-in and support, including

  • identifying community champions
  • hosting workshops, meetings etc.
  • identifying community interests, aspirations, and perspectives
  • facilitating processes to influence the FCRIP programme and site-specific activities for positive outcomes.

Key Responsibilities

To plan, project manage and deliver all community engagement and public-facing communication elements of the ECO-CoBS Programme within budget, on time, complying with the terms of the funder and meeting the expectations of stakeholders and customers, in partnership with Lancashire Wildlife Trust and Wyre Council.

For a full list of all the key responsibilities, and the full job description, please download our recruitment pack.

How To Apply

To apply for this role, please download the Recruitment Pack document and complete the application form contained within. Please also include a supporting statement and CV as part of your application. And send to

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