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Job Opportunity – Outdoor Recreation Officer

Published: March 11, 2024


We are delighted to be part of the new Outdoor Recreation Officer pilot programme, funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development and supported by Sport Ireland, and to start the recruitment process for an Outdoor Recreation Officer for Waterford.

Title: Outdoor Recreation Officer (ORO)
Salary:  Salary in line with the Grade 5 Local Authority pay scale (from €48,089)
Hours: The ORO will work 35 hours a week.  This position will require flexibility around working hours with regards to evening and/or weekend work to accommodate the service needs, for which time off in-lieu can be taken.
Annual Leave: 30 days annual leave
Travel Expenses: Travel expenses will be reimbursed where appropriate.
Location: The post will be based in the Waterford Sports Partnership (WSP) offices at the Civic Offices, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford. A level of flexibility and remote working will be considered.
Reports to: WSP Chief Executive Officer
Contract type &  Duration: 3-year fixed term contract subject to satisfactory completion of a 6-month probationary period.

Please apply by uploading a COVER LETTER and CV via the following link HERE
by 5pm Tuesday 2nd April 2024.

Interviews: Those shortlisted will be invited to attend for interview on Wednesday 17th April 2024.

Job Purpose
The role of the Outdoor Recreation Officer is paramount in the realisation of Embracing Ireland’s Outdoors, the National Outdoor Recreation Strategy, and stands as a linchpin in driving its successful implementation at a county level. This strategic position holds a pivotal responsibility in creating and overseeing the strategy’s leadership mechanisms at the county level, fostering sustainable development in outdoor recreation. By supporting the establishment of a County Outdoor Recreation Forum and facilitating the formation of a County Outdoor Recreation Committee, the successful candidates will play a central role in bringing together key stakeholders from various sectors. This collaborative effort is essential for shaping and executing a comprehensive County Outdoor Recreation Plan. As we strive to harmonize national objectives with local needs, the Outdoor Recreation Officer will be instrumental in forging partnerships, promoting best practices, and ensuring the seamless integration of the strategy into the fabric of each county. This position represents a unique opportunity to contribute significantly to the transformative journey of Ireland’s outdoor recreation landscape, fostering a legacy of sustainable and accessible outdoor experiences for generations to come.

Every day in communities across the country, Sport Ireland through its network of Local Sports Partnerships (LSP) helps people to get active and removes barriers to sport and physical activity. Working with trusted professionals and valued volunteers, the LSP network engages communities across the country to deliver inclusive, impactful and sustainable opportunities tailored to local needs, to get Ireland more physically active, involved in sport, and improving the mental and physical health of the nation.

The Outdoor Recreation Officer pilot programme is being funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development and supported by Sport Ireland. In total, six Outdoor Recreation Officers pilot programmes will be rolled out in Local Sports Partnerships (LSPs) across the country in 2024. Waterford Sports Partnership (WSP) has been selected as one of the six counties for this pilot programme.  The Outdoor Recreation Officer will be employed by WSP as a member of the WSP team and will work in collaboration with Sport Ireland and the other pilot LSPs, the local authority, local development company, state agencies and other key stakeholders to support a more coordinated, cohesive approach to outdoor recreation at county level. The Outdoor Recreation Officer will coordinate the development of a County Outdoor Recreation Plan to support the sustainable development of outdoor recreation in their county. The position will aim to support and increase the number of people active in the outdoors while ensuring that best practice is implemented. The programme of work may be revised based on the success of these pilots and the findings from the evaluation of the programme.

 Responsibilities – Role Specific

  • Identify and engage stakeholders for the County Outdoor Recreation Committee (CORC) and Stakeholder Forum, and support their operation.
  • Coordinate the development and implementation of the County Outdoor Recreation Plan (CORP) with the CORC, and monitor and report on progress.
  • Build partnerships with key stakeholders to strengthen and develop outdoor recreation initiatives.
  • Identify skills gaps and training needs in the County, and coordinate training and events for stakeholders in partnership with Sport Ireland Outdoors.
  • Host County Forums/Groups twice per annum and actively participate in national networks.
  • Facilitate and support the relevant stakeholders to deliver the actions from the County Outdoor Recreation Plans, and report to Sport Ireland within LSP structures.
  • Provide timely, standardised data and reporting on activity and outcomes aligned to national and local strategies.
  • Promote national standards and best practices locally, and engage with national governing bodies and practitioners.
  • Coordinate the local delivery of national communications campaigns on responsible behaviour in the outdoors and consistently advocate this messaging through engagement with stakeholders.
  • Support the expansion of nature-based physical activity programmes and coordinate the local delivery of national communications campaigns.
  • Ensure the accuracy of outdoor recreation opportunities listed on the National Digital Database.
  • Provide advice and guidance on aspects of outdoor recreation, and embed good practice into multiple stakeholders’ organizations.
  • Act as a point of contact for all outdoor recreation stakeholders in the County, and guide community groups to the appropriate support for trail planning, build, and maintenance process.
  • Undertake any other relevant and related duties as required
  • Act as secretariat for the CORC and provide support for the Chair.

General Responsibilities

  • Contribute to and assist with the preparation and implementation of the WSP Strategic Plan and annual operational plans.
  • Implement WSP monitoring and evaluation processes to understand the effectiveness of activities.
  • Report with regular updates to the CEO, WSP Board, and Sport Ireland as required.
  • Prepare promotional material for various platforms and audiences on upcoming events and achievements.
  • Record accurately, and in accordance with WSP`s financial policies and procedures, all relevant financial transactions and prepare timely and accurate budgets and financial reports.
  • Promote best practice health and safety awareness and reporting of all incidents.
  • Be flexible in approach to work and undertake any other duties that may be required within the remit of WSP.
  • Ensure that all activities undertaken as an officer of WSP are in line with WSP values, codes of conduct and relevant legislation.

If interested in applying for the position, please apply by uploading a COVER LETTER and CV HERE by 5pm Tuesday 2nd April 2024..

Candidates may be short listed based on information provided in the Cover Letter and CV.
Canvassing will disqualify any candidate from the competition process.

Those shortlisted will be invited to attend for interview on Wednesday 17th April 2024.
WSP shall require the person to whom the appointment is offered to take up the appointment as soon as possible.

Waterford Sports Partnership is an Equal Opportunities Employer

Article Modified: March 26, 2024 10:39 am

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