Could you be our Project Officer?

Monday, November 18 th, 2013 · no Comments · In
We’re recruiting a Project Officer to develop the Riviera Line (Exeter to Paignton) as part of Citizens’ Rail. The role will involve marketing, promotional activities, encouraging volunteers, community involvement and establishing a new community forum for the line.

Read on for the full advertisement, job description and how to apply. We look forward to hearing from you.


Job title: Project Officer – Citizens’ Rail
Job reference: A3554
Application closing date: 01/12/2013
Location: Plymouth
Salary: £23352 to £27047 pa-Grade 5
Contract type: Full-time, Fixed-term

The award-winning Devon & Cornwall Rail Partnership is based in the University’s School of Geography, Earth & Environmental Science. It is a non-profit partnership between local councils, Plymouth University and the rail industry which has been working to promote travel on rural railways in the two counties since 1991.

The Partnership, together with partners in Lancashire, France, Germany and the Netherlands, has been successful in achieving INTERREG IVB funding for the “Citizens’ Rail” project.

As well as looking to develop and improve rail services and facilities, the Citizens’ Rail partners will be working together to better engage communities with their local railway, including the planning of new and improved facilities, and breathing new life into rundown or disused stations.

We believe this to be the first project to focus on “slow” rail, rather than high speed rail. It will run until September 2015.

You will be the Project Officer responsible for delivering the large local element of the project which looks to develop the Exeter – Paignton line through a series of actions including marketing, promotional and public relations activities, encouraging volunteers, community involvement and establishing a new community forum for the line. You would also organise benchmarking and survey work.

You will work closely with the partners to draw up and then, once agreed, implement the action plan for the Paignton line to deliver the outcomes envisaged in the project application form. Your work will complement the activities of local partners, including First Great Western, Network Rail, Torbay Council and Devon County Council and you will work closely with them on this project.

This post will involve a number of visits (including to European partners) which will mean stays of several days’ duration. The post will also involve some weekend and evening work as required.

Contact for informal discussion: Richard Burningham, Manager, Devon & Cornwall Rail Partnership. 01752 584777

This is a full-time position working 37 hours per week on a fixed-term basis until September 2015.

Interviews are likely be held on Monday 16 December 2013

Plymouth University is committed to an inclusive culture and respecting diversity, and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

The University holds a Bronze Athena SWAN Award which recognises commitment to advancing women’s career in STEMM academia.

Read the job description (PDF)

Apply on the Plymouth University website