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Active Travel Officer

Organisation: Scottish Canals

Salary: From £33,833

Location: Falkirk or Glasgow

Scottish Canals are the custodians of the nation’s canal network and surrounding estates. Our vision is to care for and invest in the canal network to generate lasting benefits for people and communities, celebrating their industrial heritage, ensuring they offer quality green and blue spaces for people and communities, and contributing to Scotland’s resilience in tackling climate change.

Our success is rooted in valuing the contributions of our entire team – we care, we create, and we collaborate to continue to deliver a whole range of activities from boating, paddling, walking and wheeling to living and playing and improving what the canals have to offer to our visitors and communities. We also work with partners and stakeholders to contribute to a wealthier, fairer, greener and more resilient Scotland.

As an employer, we offer a truly unique opportunity to join our team, help us realise our vision, and contribute to caring for our heritage and ensuring our canals flourish now and in the future.

We have an exciting and significant opportunity for an Active Travel Officer to join our Placemaking team in Falkirk or Glasgow. This position will play a pivotal and significant role in developing and implementing our Active Travel Strategy to ensure our towpath network across Scotland is accessible and enjoyable for walking, cycling, and wheeling.

The role is offered on a fixed-term, three-year contract and with a competitive starting salary of £33,833 (Band D). Working 37 hours per week, Monday – Friday.
Scottish Canals offer a generous annual leave entitlement of 28 days, plus 10 public holidays, along with enhanced sick pay, discounted shopping vouchers, health cash plan and a contributory pension scheme with up to 10% employer contribution.

Primary Responsibilities of this role:
• Develop and implement an Active Travel Strategy for Scottish Canals, including leading on strategy content and structure and developing and facilitating stakeholder engagement.
• Manage relationships with internal teams and external stakeholders to increase investment in active travel infrastructure.
• Work collaboratively on the development of active travel projects, liaising as required with colleagues, decision-makers, third parties and partner organisations (e.g. local authorities).
• Monitor project deliverables and ensure compliance with funding requirements and strategic goals.

Skills and Experience:
• Degree in a relevant field or equivalent knowledge, skills and experience.
• Strong strategic thinking, project management skills, and ability to influence key stakeholders.
• Track record in building partnerships and securing and managing funds.
• Knowledge of relevant legislation and best practices and understanding of how built environments influence active transport participation
• Excellent communication and presentation skills.

Scottish Canals reserve the right to close this vacancy before the closing date if a sufficient number of applications are received.

Application Deadline: Sunday 02/06/2024