Job Description

Job Title: Part Time Communications Officer

Responsible to: Member of the Board of Trustees

Staff reporting: None

Location: Home working

Salary: £15 per hour

Hours: Up to five hours per week

Contract: Fixed term until December 2020, on a self-employed basis



  • Co-ordinate the production, distribution and evaluation of communications to promote the DEFRA funded project – The Sandstone Ridge Farmer Network.
  • Innovate and build on existing communication channels to increase engagement and widen support for the work of the Sandstone Ridge Trust and its partners along the Sandstone Ridge
  • Initiate and maintain a constant flowing conversation about the Sandstone Ridge Farmer Network, and the work of Reaseheath College of Agriculture, the Sandstone Ridge Trust and partners to conserve and enhance the landscape of the Sandstone Ridge


Main tasks

  • Engage and maintain effective working relationships with Reaseheath College of Agriculture, The Sandstone Ridge Trust, and members of the Sandstone Ridge Farmers Network
  • Identify and research case studies, stories, events, activities, and achievements, including using images, audio, and video
  • Develop content to disseminate in a targeted way on the most appropriate communication channels, including, the Sandstone Ridge website, Facebook and Twitter, local community newsletters, and local press and media
  • Produce regular analytics reports for website and social media, making adjustments to improve the effectiveness of communications 

  • Comply with the data protection regulations, ensuring that information on members, partners, employees and volunteers remains confidential
  • Attend regular monitoring meetings as directed
  • Undertake any other duties as required that are appropriate to the post


What attributes/skills do you need?

  • An interest in farming, rural and conservation issues
  • Good interpersonal skills to foster collaborative working with colleagues, partners and members of the Farmer Network
  • Ability to communicate effectively, be articulate, with strong writing skills
  • Ability to identify the key issues in any piece of copy and use editing, design and layout skills to bring them out clearly 

  • Experience of producing materials for print and online publication 

  • Experience of collating and analysing data to monitor trends 

  • Excellent IT skills, including proficiency in Microsoft packages
  • Experience of maintaining an organisation’s social media profile
  • Good understanding of how websites work, and experience of using content management systems


How much time do you need to commit?

  • The role is flexible and will involve up to five hours per week
  • In the first instance, the post will last for three years


What support will you be given?

  • Appropriate support and supervision in your role, including any training required, for example, in the bespoke website content management system
  • You will be responsible to a member of the Trustee Board
  • Trustees will be available to give you support, advice and guidance


To apply for this role please contact, including:


  • Letter of application, setting out how you meet the requirements and what you can bring to the position
  • A brief CV and examples of your written work


For more information about the Sandstone Ridge and the Trust visit:


Deadline for Applications


Friday 18th May, 2018


Friday, 18 May, 2018 (All day)