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BCA Officer Vacancy
« on: September 10, 2019, 08:20:48 pm »


It is with regret that our Conservation and Access (C&A) Officer has stepped down. The BCA are therefore seeking someone to fulfil this voluntary role on an ‘acting’ basis until the AGM in June 2020 (and potentially beyond).

The C&A Officer is also the convenor of our C&A Standing Committee, a team open to all our Regional Councils and Constituent Bodies, which brings people together to discuss national C&A initiatives. This is the team that has previously brought you a CRoW policy statement, as well as the Minimal Impact Caving Guidelines. These help to provide a nationally agreed standard for access and conservation, and serve as guiding principles for regional councils and all cavers.

The official Terms of Reference for the C&A Committee are:
  • To assist regional councils when requested.
  • To produce guidelines and promotional materials to encourage conservation of underground environments.
  • To campaign nationally to encourage conservation and improved access in line with BCA policy and constitution.
  • To undertake other conservation or access related work as may be agreed by the committee.

The C&A Officer’s minimum duties are:
  • To be the primary point of contact at BCA for C&A enquiries and matters.
  • To arrange meetings (at least once annually) of the C&A Standing Committee.
  • To report to BCA meetings, and advise Council of ongoing C&A matters.

You are not alone in this role; you have all the members of the C&A Standing Committee to support you and provide input and ideas, as well as secretarial support and website support from the BCA Secretary and webmaster respectively. The BCA is a team effort and we are keen to support anyone new coming into the role.

So how much time is involved and what skills are needed? Well, it is important that the C&A Officer is fairly computer-savvy and able to respond to incoming emails regularly and participate in occasional meetings usually via Webex/Skype. A proactive attitude and enthusiasm for the subject of C&A are of course extremely desirable, and outweigh the need for prior knowledge of BCA procedures. It would be reasonable to expect needing to set aside a few hours per week plus attendance at quarterly BCA meetings (travel expenses paid of course).

This role is a real chance to make a big difference to British Caving. We are still far from having the desired freedom of access to many caves and potholes across the UK, and conservation is an ever-ongoing project requiring both physical action and education. The difference the BCA C&A team can make is massive, and limited only by the enthusiasm and proactivity of our volunteers, and particularly the C&A Officer.

If this is something that interests you please contact the BCA Secretary to discuss - secretary@british-caving.org.uk
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Offline JJM

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Re: BCA Officer Vacancy
« Reply #1 on: November 04, 2019, 11:55:36 am »
Very well designed picture/ poster.  :clap2:
I'd love to get the person responsible to help with branding / design at RUCC.  ;D
It's unbelievable what people are willing to do in the name of conformity

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Re: BCA Officer Vacancy
« Reply #2 on: Yesterday at 11:11:27 pm »
Following our advertising of the C&A role in the above post we are pleased to say that we have one very interested candidate (who joined us as an observer at the October BCA Council meeting) who we are hoping will stand for the position on an ‘acting’ basis in January. However, other applicants are also extremely welcome.

However, this isn't the only vacancy we have on BCA Council...

One of our Individual Representative roles was left vacant following the 2019 AGM, and runs until the 2020 AGM in June. To try to get new people involved in BCA Council, we would also like to appoint someone to this role on an ‘acting’ basis at the 11th January Council meeting. We would therefore like to hear from any BCA individual member keen to get involved in BCA Council, to represent the interests of others, and to work as part of BCA Council to the benefit of British caving. This would be a voting position lasting for two meetings (January and April) but with the option to re-stand for a full two year term at the AGM in June.

Applicants should ideally be able to attend the 11th January and 4th April 2020 Council meetings (ideally in person but electronic remote attendance will also be available). Assuming you wish to continue the role from June, attendance and the AGM in the Mendip Hills on 14th June 2020 is also desirable.

If either position is of interest to you then please contact secretary@british-caving.org.uk to ask any questions, and submit your application no later than 15th December. We recommend including a short application statement.