Education and Outreach Officer


About the job

Job Title: Education and Outreach Officer

Location: Cookstown, County Tyrone.

Reports to: Chief Executive

Salary Range: £23,926 – £26,917 plus Pension and Life Assurance
Commensurate with skills and experience.

Contract: Full-time (37.5 hours per week)
Permanent (subject to funding)

The Trust has run a ‘River School’ since 1984 and has a long history of delivering education to primary, secondary, higher, and further education students, as well as professional and community groups across Northern Ireland and beyond. During the Covid-19 pandemic, the Trust’s education and outreach activities naturally slowed down, however, we now want to reinvigorate and further develop our education and outreach programme with a dedicated Education and Engagement Officer to drive this forward.

This is an exciting opportunity for an educator with a passion for wildlife, the environment, and the outdoors.
The successful candidate will further grow our education and outreach impact through the development and delivery of a new, exciting, engaging, and integrated freshwater learning, outreach, and citizen science experience, aimed at increasing environmental awareness about our water environment and encouraging involvement of the public in direct conservation activity.

A range of education and outreach initiatives will contribute to the Trust’s vision of the Ballinderry River catchment becoming Northern Ireland’s ‘Freshwater Education and Engagement Hub’, at the fore of ‘hands-on’ environmental engagement, accessible to all.

The focus will be 2-fold:
1. Design and deliver a multi-facetted freshwater education programme at Key Stage 1 and up to GCE/A- level, providing both class and field-based options for learning about our rivers and loughs.
2. Coordination of a range of volunteer initiatives aimed at increasing participation in recording and environmental monitoring through citizen science.

This is an exciting and unique opportunity to develop and take the lead on an environmental education programme that raises awareness amongst all sections of society about the importance of our freshwater environment and our precious wildlife, whilst being at the heart of a growing, dynamic, and enthusiastic team.

This role will be essential to the growth and development of the Trust to make a real difference to the environment.

This is a new and exciting role, supporting the Trust’s conservation breeding and reinforcement programme for the globally endangered freshwater pearl mussel.

Working as part of the Conservation and Biodiversity team, the successful candidate will support the Conservation Breeding Programmes Officer, at our Conservation Breeding Centre at Orritor, in all aspects of aquaculture husbandry to support the captive breeding of freshwater pearl mussel and white-clawed crayfish, as well as brown trout as part of the mussel breeding programme.

You will also assist in the release of freshwater pearl mussel to the wild, and the monitoring of population status and health in the Ballinderry River and other rivers across Northern Ireland.

You will also have the opportunity to work across other aspects of the Trust’s work, including assisting with species and habitat surveys, engaging with landowners and other partners, and playing a role in the delivery of the Trust’s education and outreach activities.
This is a junior role with a view to career progression within the organisation and training will be provided on the job, however some experience and knowledge is required (see Personal Specification below).

This is an opportunity to be at the heart of a growing, dynamic, and enthusiastic team and your role will be essential to the growth and development of the Trust to make a real difference to the environment.


Download the full Job Description which details the key duties and responsibilities and the person specification for this role.
Please send a completed Application Form to

CVs and cover letters will not be accepted.

Closing Date Interview Date
Wednesday 7th December 2022 at 4:00pm 16th December 2022