Wexford Local Development would like to invite applications for the following position:

Rural Recreation Officer (RRO)

WLD is a non-governmental organisation working to support the development of thriving, resilient communities where people feel connected, are valued, and have equal opportunity to reach their full potential. Our work is informed by our core values of respect, equality, leadership, inclusion, and integrity.

The Role:

The RRO will coordinate and oversee the management and enhancement of the Walks Scheme recreational/walking infrastructure within County Wexford. The RRO will be involved in the completion of all the Walks Scheme maintenance plans, conducting trail inspections and the administration of plans, claims, materials, and funding for the purpose of the Walks Scheme.

The Walk Scheme provides funds for farmers/private landowners for maintenance services on approved national trails on their properties. A key action in Embracing Irelands Outdoors, the National Outdoor Recreation Strategy 2023-2027, is to expand the Walks Scheme. The scheme is administered by WLD. The RRO will work closely with various stakeholders such as local Trail Management Committees, Wexford Walking Trails CLG, Department of Rural and Community Development (DRCD), Fáilte Ireland, Coillte, National Parks and Wildlife Service, Wexford Sports Active, Wexford County Council, Sport Ireland (National Trails Office), Visit Wexford CLG and others.

Key responsibilities of this role include:

  • Coordination and implementation of the Walk Scheme and other walking recreational initiatives as developed by WLD and/or DRCD and Fáilte Ireland.
  •  Engage landowners who gave permissive access for trails to cross their land regarding their participation in the Walks Scheme (for approved trails)
  •  Prepare trail maintenance plans with the farmers/landowners/nominated 3rd parties based on DRCD and National Trails Office (NTO) guidelines. Arrange the signing of approved workplans and contracts.
  • Conduct regular trail inspections for the purposes of the Walks Scheme.
  • Liaise with Walks Scheme participants regarding trail maintenance.
  • Assist and support Trail Management Committees in their role.
  • Conduct the project and financial administration, recording, reporting, and filling of all relevant documents, participant returns etc. for all expenditure related to the Walks Scheme.
  • Manage the Walks Scheme trail maintenance grant for each Walks Scheme trail.
  • Identify and prepare Walks Scheme Development Fund applications. Manage the implementation of successful applications.
  • Identify, prepare, and submit Expressions of Interest for trails for the expansion of the Walks Scheme.
  • Participate in Sport Ireland trail inspections and address issues identified during inspections in collaboration with the Trail Management Committee.
  • Provide support to WLD and staff in relation to the development of other projects/initiatives associated with recreation/walking by communities and or private/commercial promoters.
  • Coordinate trail maintenance with relevant Trail Management Committees.
  • Help protect the natural and heritage environment of the trails and their locality through good environmental/heritage practices and Leave No Trace principles against harm/damage by usage.
  • Liaise regularly with landowners, farmers, representative groups, and communities/community groups to ensure that goodwill is maintained, and all concerns/issues are addressed.
  • Liaise with trail users/visitors to gather feedback/comments and address concerns where they arise.
  • Liaise and collaborate with stakeholders such as the Sport Ireland National Trails Office, Coillte, Wexford County Council, Waterways Ireland, Fáilte Ireland, National Parks and Wildlife Services and the local community, tourism, and recreation providers, etc.
  • Promote and encourage the development, delivery and improvement of recreational projects, infrastructure and activities including land, water, and air-based activities in Co Wexford.
  • Support the development of Blueways in Co. Wexford
  • Assist with the preparation of Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme (ORIS) applications.
  • Support Wexford County Council in the development of the County Outdoor Recreation Plan

The Ideal candidate will be required to have:

  • Access to own transport and a full clean driving licence.
  • A flexible approach to working hours.
  • A knowledge of GPS, map reading, route planning and navigation.
  • A technical knowledge of trail construction and development
  • A relevant third level qualification (or equivalent).

The position is being offered on a full-time basis 35 hours per week and will be subject to continued government funding. The position role is based in Wexford town with hybrid working an option after probation period. 

Download a full job description here: RRO Job Description 

Application Process

To apply for the position, please submit a Letter of Application outlining how you meet the requirements, together with a current Curriculum Vitae by email marked Rural Recreation Officer to hr@wld.ie

The closing date for receipt of applications is 1pm on Tuesday, June 4th, 2024.

Wexford Local Development is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all suitably qualified applicants. Canvassing will disqualify.