JOB VACANCY – Training & Community Project Manager

This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced Project Manager to lead on the delivery of a suite of training and community projects designed by Groundwork NE & Cumbria for the Discover Brightwater Partnership.
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Groundwork NE & Cumbria

Job title: Discover Brightwater  Training & Community Project Manager

Salary: Circa £25,000 per annum

Hours: 37 hours per week

this may include some evening and weekend work for which an equal amount of Time Off in Lieu will be available

Contract: Temp maternity cover for 10 – 12 months (with a possibility for extension)

Location: Newton Aycliffe and Homeworking

About Groundwork

Groundwork aims to be the UK’s leading regeneration charity, working through partnership to create communities in which people are proud to live and work.

Each year Groundwork makes an incredible difference to communities across the North East and Cumbria.  We work on hundreds of individual projects each year, supporting disadvantaged communities but what’s most important is how we change people’s lives.  Our local programmes and services are tailored to the needs of partners and communities in each locality.  When all that local activity is added together, it becomes a major force for regional change.

Discover Brightwater is led by Durham Wildlife Trust and is a Landscape Partnership Scheme centred on the catchment of the River Skerne in southern County Durham and Darlington, an area of approximately 200 km2 that extends from the Durham Magnesian Limestone Plateau in the north to the Tees Lowlands in the south. Landscape Partnerships are a funding programme operated by The National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF), one of the National Lottery distribution bodies that give out grants to good causes. TNLHF provides grants to support projects that promote understanding, valuing and sharing of heritage to bring people together, inspire pride in communities and boost investment in local economies.

About the role

This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced Project Manager to lead on the delivery of a suite of training and community projects designed by Groundwork NE & Cumbria for the Discover Brightwater Partnership.

These projects will comprise of a Heritage Skills training programme delivering specialist traineeships as well as short training courses and Illuminating the Past and Village Atlas projects providing a range of opportunities for the local community to be involved in cultural and local research projects with the Brightwater area.

You will be working with colleagues to develop a programme of community events which promote the project aims, manage community projects to provide a pool of enthusiastic volunteers who can participate in Bright Water’s build and natural heritage projects and ensure integration of these community projects into the wider programme enabling participants to benefit from a wide range of activities.

Employed by Groundwork NE & Cumbria you will work in partnership with Durham Wildlife Trust on the Bright Water Landscape Partnership Programme funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

You will need to work closely with landowners and managers, the Environment Agency, Natural England, Durham Wildlife Trust, Tees Rivers Trust, Durham and Darlington Councils and local communities to deliver natural environment restoration projects for the Bright Water Landscape Partnership programme.

The Training and Community Project Manager role will report to the Bright Water Partnership Manager and will liaise closely with partner staff and bodies such as Visit Durham.

You will be educated to degree level and have experience of managing a range of community focussed training programmes and courses.

This role may involve some evening and weekend work and a driving license and access to a vehicle for work purposes is essential to support delivery.

This role is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure endorsed by the Disclosure and Barring Service

For further information about the role, or for an informal discussion please contact Lucy Chapman at

Want to apply?

Great all you need to do is complete the application form below

Application Form

Bright Water Training & Community Project – Job Description

Brightwater Training & Community Project Manager – Person Specification

All completed applications should be emailed to

Closing Date: noon on 22nd February 2021

Interview Date: 25th / 26th February 2021

Make yourself at home:

We want you to be yourself at Groundwork and we value everything that makes you unique. We recognise and celebrate your difference and together we make Groundwork a special and great place to work.

Groundwork NE & Cumbria is committed to safeguarding and protecting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

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