New job for Ouse Washes LP scheme with WWT Welney – apply now

LogosA new job with the Wildlfowl and Wetlands Trust has just been put online!

The post is for a 30 hr/wk position based at the WWT Welney reserve, for 14 months. This position is paid for through the Heritage Lottery Grant funding the Ouse Washes Landscape Partnership (OWLP) scheme.

The Project Officer will be responsible for delivering one of the two WWT’s projects within the OWLP scheme, the ‘Great Ouse Wetland Engagement Project’ which has at its main aim to ‘help develop the Great Ouse Wetland (GOW) as part of the OWLP area, in order to form a unified destination for local and visitor audiences interested in enjoying and engaging with the natural heritage of the area and the human history that created and maintains it’.

This is a key project within the OWLP scheme as it links in with other OWLP projects and the wider OWLP scheme ambitions of promotion of the area’s landscape and significant heritage to a wide audience.

This will be an exciting project as it will contain, amongst others, the installation of new exhibition materials, a Green Screen, the creation of wildlife films together with volunteers and visitors, and working across all nature reserves and other conservation organisations in the Ouse Washes Landscape Partnership area. A range of community engagement and outreach work, including working with local schools and community groups, will also be part of this project and position.

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The main purpose of the job is described as such: ‘Working within the Ouse Washes Landscape Partnership (OWLP), supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, to run and deliver a wildlife media production project promoting the Great Ouse Wetland and the Ouse Washes LP landscape as a wildlife destination, through showing changing wildlife throughout the year and involving characters from the community as presenters. The role is also responsible for the marketing of the project and the content to media and the tourism industry’.

‘WWT is seeking an enthusiastic videographer to join our team, producing a series of engaging short wildlife videos, depicting the story of a year in the life of a stunning wetland region. Our ideal candidate will be a persuasive and engaging communicator, very interested in wildlife and happy to work around its schedules, and will have good news & media sense’.

How to apply?

To apply for this exciting new job, please go to the WWT’s website, http://jobs.wwt.org.uk/vacancies/388/media_production_officer_great_ouse_wetland_project_fixed_term_contract/ where you can also download the job description and apply online. The closing date for applications is 12 July 2014.

You can also download the job spec here: Media_Production_Officer_Great_Ouse_Project2

 

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The End of Flooding?

 

Heritage Lottery FundThe road at Welney crossing the Ouse Washes, the A1101, was opened again just over a week ago. The road was not shut down as long as in the winter of 2006-07, but with nearly 2 months’ closure, the effects were nevertheless felt widely.

The A1101 was closed for 46 days – it opened again just over a week ago

This flooding period the Ouse Washes has been in the news regularly, particularly because of irresponsible drivers who ignored the warnings and drove over the flooded road anyway. Watch here the video of a driver who filmed himself while driving across the flooded A1101; at one point in the film, even the whole of the bonnet submerges. Although plainly very dangerous, it does nevertheless give a good impression of the enormous amount of water within the Ouse Washes when flooded.

In the media the focus has mainly been on the economic costs to businesses in and around Welney – see, for instance this piece which appeared in the EDP last week, providing an understanding of the loss of custom and the high petrol costs for people who have to drive an extra 30 miles when the road is flooded. What I am also interested in is to hear from locals what it feels like when the road is flooded. Do the communities feel cut off from the world? Does this provide for a feeling of isolation and remoteness? Or are there perhaps any positive aspects about the situation as well? Does it bring people in the community closer together, for instance? I would be grateful if people would let me know what they think.

Welney Wash - flooded

Welney Wash when flooded

Regardless of the effects the flooding of the Ouse Washes has on communities and individuals, it is worth considering that it is actually quite amazing that in the twenty-first century we are still dictated by the landscape as it was originally created in the 17th century: the massive engineered Old and New Bedford rivers with the washes within, together cutting a very long and straight feature through the landscape for tens of miles, literally dividing the landscape and its communities during flooding periods.

At the moment, the water levels in the rivers have gone down to more manageable levels. The Environment Agency has developed a useful interactive map to check the river water levels at various checkpoints in the area. You can also find out about the latest flooding news for the region here. Once the snow starts melting, the water levels may rise again, so keep a close eye on the situation.