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Community Development Officer

As part of the management team for The Mersey Forest, lead and develop the community engagement and involvement objectives of The Mersey Forest Plan and Forest Business Plan working with colleagues in The Mersey Forest Team and the wider Forest Partnership.

This role involves; 

  • Promoting, supporting and championing community involvement in The Mersey Forest 
  • Project development and delivery 
  • Generating income from projects and consultancy based work 
  • Managing and reporting on budgets
Cheshire West and Chester Council
Job Category
Education, Environmental and Public Services
CWAC NJC - Grade 10
Salary Min
£33,799 per annum
Salary Max
£39,638 per annum
Hours per week
Weeks per year
Closing Date
Ref No

Cheshire West and Chester Council brings a fresh and energetic approach to providing top quality services for its many customers and communities. West Cheshire is a place where everyone can Thrive – through our core values of Teamwork, Honesty, Respect, Innovation, Value for Money and Empowerment.

Do you want to be part of one of the largest and most ambitious Community Forest programmes in the UK?  Are you looking for a challenging and rewarding career that will help make a lasting difference to local communities, to the economy and to the environment? 

The Mersey Forest is the largest of England’s Community Forests covering over 500 square miles on Merseyside and North Cheshire.  We are looking for an individual who can join help to deliver our ambitious plans to fully engage local communities in The Mersey Forest, to connect people to nature and deliver the aspirations for communities set out in The Mersey Forest Plan. You will bring enthusiasm, inspiration, innovation and significant practical knowledge to help deliver The Forest vision. 

You will be qualified to degree level and have a good understanding of a range of environmental issues, including the work of Community Forests and the challenge our communities face from climate change. You will have an excellent track record of winning resources and delivering excellent programmes. You will need to show that you have good experience of supporting a range of community groups and partner organizations to successfully deliver projects and make a real difference to people’s lives.  You will need to be target focused, positive inclusive, bursting with ideas and have a ‘can do’ mentality. 

This is a demanding but rewarding role. The Forest Team is delivering a range of high profile and leading-edge projects. You will be expected to work closely with colleagues and partners to sustain these projects and to look ahead and help guide our next steps. You will be part of the Management Team that will guide the future development of The Mersey Forest. 

Excellent communication and ICT skills are essential, as is the enthusiasm to turn ideas into reality.

For further information regarding the role please contact Paul Nolan on 01925 816217

Please note that this job is subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

The contractual work location for this role is listed above however you may be required to work from a range of work locations or sites within the Borough and may also be required to work from home, depending on the needs of the service. 

Cheshire West and Chester Council are committed to equality and diversity in employment.  Please click the Equality Policy for more information.

In your application you should ensure that you provide evidence of how you have demonstrated meeting the Council’s core competencies of Teamwork, Honesty, Respect, Innovation, Value for Money and Empowerment.

Cheshire West and Chester Council have adopted a Local Living Wage for our employees which means that all employees will receive a minimum of £9 per hour for all contracted hours.

For any enquiries please email Please quote job reference number in all correspondence

If you have not heard from us within 4 weeks of the closing date then it is likely that you have not been shortlisted on this occasion, however please do not be discouraged from applying again.

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