The Community Engagement Officer (CEO) will identify and co-ordinate a series of volunteer activities centred specifically on the rich Welsh heritage of Strata Florida, its buildings and its surrounding area. They will help the local community create a digital archive, collect oral histories and support the creation of a digital hub amongst other things.  The project will be a major step in drawing together, cataloguing and making ready information for use in the proposed Strata Florida Centre.

About Us:

The Strata Florida Trust (SFT) is a charitable company whose objectives are to preserve the historical and architectural heritage of the Great Abbey Farm buildings at Strata Florida and advance the education of the public with regards Strata Florida and its surrounding landscape and heritage.

Job Role:

Key Duties

  • Help to instigate a local history and genealogy group as a way of creating a cohort of volunteers by hosting workshops and events etc.
  • Provide and co-ordinate volunteer skills training for the creation and curation of an archive of heritage materials to include digital recording and an online forum within the SFT website. A specific aim of the project is to draw connections between Strata Florida and other historical components of the regional landscape.  This archive will use ephemera and artefacts from the Mynachlog Fawr farmhouse in addition to other local and regional archives.  This transferrable skill needs to enable volunteers to be able to record other local history in the area. The digital equipment needed to enable this work will be provided
  • Record oral histories for online streaming. This will involve the ability to manage the extensive use of the Welsh language
  • Create a skills directory for future participation and training for use by local tradespeople and professionals
  • Research and provide material for funding applications which will support the sustainability of community-led programmes within the Strata Florida Project.
  • Liaise with local tourism businesses and provide information, especially with the Pentir Pumlumon Tourism Officer
  • To work closely with the Strata Florida Community Liaison Group
  • Write a report on the project and prepare presentation and display materials for use in disseminating knowledge and methodologies
  • Develop the project website to have a specific community element based on the activities described below
  • Produce material for the website drawn from local workshops as well as other project activities
  • To collate outputs ensuring compliance with requirements of the LEADER scheme (publicity, monitoring etc.)

Personal specification:


  • Relevant degree (History, Heritage, Conservation, Volunteer Management, Community Regeneration etc.) – Essential


  • Recruiting, managing and working with volunteers – Desirable
  • Developing and delivering community programmes – Desirable
  • A track record of relevant successful project management and delivery – Desirable
  • Experience in community engagement – Desirable
  • Recording, monitoring and evaluating programmes of work – Desirable
  • Producing written reports for public use – Desirable
  • Digital recording and oral history gathering – Desirable


  • A knowledge of Welsh history, heritage and historic buildings – Desirable


  • Communications: ability to promote SFT externally on all levels from local volunteers to partner agencies, and internally within SFT (both written and orally) – Essential
  • Management: Self-starting with ability to co-ordinate with internal and external agencies – Essential
  • Organisation: ability to plan and organise well with attention to detail – Essential


  • Commitment to the aims and objectives of SFT – Essential
  • Car and full clean driving license – Essential
  • Bilingual (Welsh / English) – oral and written – Highly Desirable
  • ICT literate – Essential

Additional Information:

Location: This is an office-based position although some home-based work is negotiable. The focus of the work to be undertaken will be at Pontrhydfendigaid and Strata Florida.

Length of Contract: 4 days a week for 24 months, November 2018 to October 2020

Hours: Flexible and varied

Reports to: Strata Florida Trust Chairman

Selection Process:  Interviews will be held on 9th October 2018 in Pontrhydfendigaid and include two separate elements – a short informal presentation (without any IT aids) and a formal interview. Candidates will be asked to bring any relevant documents. The successful applicant will be invited to start at the earliest mutually convenient date.

To Apply:

To apply, please email Lowri Goss attaching full CV; two references (state whether you are happy for us to contact them before the interview); and one A4 page describing your interest in the post.

Closing date is noon, 1st October 2018.

For further details, please contact Lowri Goss (SFT Grants Consultant):

This post is part funded by the Cynnal y Cardi LEADER scheme in Ceredigion through the Welsh Government Rural Communities-Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, which is funded by the Welsh Government and the European Union.