Job Opportunities

The Trust is a dynamic and aspirational organisation at the forefront of environmental thinking and practical conservation in the UK today

Working for the Trust will provide you with opportunities to develop and grow in a stimulating environment and we spend a lot of time and effort training our staff depending on their role and career aspirations.

We try to recruit locally where possible and we aim to recruit the best. We have a low staff turnover and usually have a waiting list of people who want to work for us. We believe that our most important asset is our people. Although we can’t always offer as high a salary as we might like, we try to offer other benefits including flexitime and the option to work from home when convenient.

If you would like to be considered for a post, please email your CV to us for our files. Vacancies are advertised here on our website, as well as in the local or national press as appropriate.


Current opportunity...

Communications & Marketing Officer

Position: Communications & Marketing Officer.

Location: Stoke Climsland, Cornwall

Salary: £21,000 – 26,000

Application Deadline: 5pm on Friday 30th November 2018

12-month, fixed-term contract – salary between £21,000 and £26,000 (dependent on experience) plus benefits including 6% pension

The Westcountry Rivers Trust is an environmental charity that works across the South West to improve our rivers for the benefit of all. We work with EU grants, Water Company funded initiatives and government funding to deliver change both in our rivers and on the land that they drain.

To apply: Send your CV and a one page covering letter clearly marked as applying for the job of Communications & Marketing Officer to Westcountry Rivers Trust, Rain-Charm House, Kyl Cober Parc, Stoke Climsland, Cornwall PL17 8PH or email to [email protected] – For further information see

Submission by: 5pm, Friday 30th November 2018


As Communications & Marketing Officer at Westcountry Rivers Trust, your role will be to shake-up our current communications activities and produce exciting new communications that will support the Trust to continue to grow and win funds, post-Brexit. You will have excellent copywriting skills and experience across integrated marketing campaigns, with the ability to monitor and manage a wide variety of stakeholders.


  • To work as part of the WRT team to successfully communicate the ideas, work and themes of the Trust’s work to a wide variety of audiences such as South West Water, DEFRA, local councils, community groups, angling groups, Universities, funders, farmers & other NGO’s.
  • To proactively explore opportunities for appropriate marketing activity (digital and hard) and establish effective links to raise the profile of the organisation both regionally & nationally
  • To explore potential new platforms for the charity to engage in and from
  • Ensure the communications requirements of Trust projects are met in line with activities detailed in bids & tenders
  • Design, plan, update and continue to develop the communications strategy in line with the Trust’s overall strategy
  • Attend partner communications meetings for Trust projects including various EU project comms groups (some international travel within Europe may be required)
  • To contribute ideas and help identify relevant tools and tactics to deploy as necessary to enhance communications (cases studies, celebrity, articles, quotes, memes, posts and comments)
  • Promote the work of the Trust and increase awareness of project activities through press releases, newsletters, blogs, films and social media, producing content in-house & working with external suppliers where necessary
  • Design, plan, update and continue to develop all relevant Trust websites
  • Manage the development and maintenance of social media channels ensuring the Trust stays ahead of emerging trends
  • Identify media opportunities (radio, TV, local events etc) to promote and raise awareness of the Trust, as well as respond to incoming media enquiries
  • To produce in-house a range of publications & marketing materials for both print & web, including Confluence (our annual report), project reports, leaflets and brochures using desktop publishing software
  • Maintain communications with audiences and other organisations such as citizen science volunteers, providing support when needed, as well as marketing and communication support for educational & participation activities
  • Undertake administration, including managing calendars for events and workshops
  • Assist in organising events including planning, finding venues, sending invitations, and attending events to help ensure they run smoothly, as well as preparing marketing materials for promotion of events
  • Ensure there is effective communications internally to all Trust staff
  • To build effective networks with colleagues and provide advice and expertise to staff regarding their public profile
  • Liaise with external suppliers of communications and marketing services, as required e.g. photographers, film makers, publishers, designers etc.
  • To monitor, evaluate and report on all communications & marketing activity including compilation & analysis of audience data results across all media channels
  • Assist with the collation of information required to make funding applications and claims

Qualifications, Skills & Experience

  • An appropriate qualification in marketing & communications or other relevant field and/or at least 3 years’ experience in a comms & marketing role
  • A proven track record of successful marketing campaigns
  • Ability to develop & maintain good working relations with internal staff & external stakeholders
  • Excellent written & verbal communication & presentation skills with good attention to detail
  • Knowledge & competence in Microsoft Office applications, desk-top publishing and website management

Due to the nature of this role and the location of the Westcountry Rivers Trust office, it is essential that the successful applicant has a valid driving licence and a means of transportation.

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Current opportunity...

PhD Studentship at Exeter University, with WRT as Co-Supervisor

Position:  PhD Studentship at Exeter University, with WRT as Co-Supervisor.

Project Title:   Adapting to life in metal polluted rivers: implications for conservation, genetic diversity and fisheries management in the brown trout (Salmo trutta)

Project Details:  This project will explore the basis of local adaptation to natural and human-induced environmental change in an economically important species of fish (brown trout). It will use cutting-edge genomic, bioinformatics and geospatial tools to explore how genomic changes have enabled brown trout populations to adapt to different and changing environmental conditions, including post-industrial metal pollution in three different regions of the British Isles: southwest England, mid-Wales and southeast Ireland.

Specifically, you will use genome sequencing to examine the roles of colonisation, natural river conditions and metal pollution on patterns of diversity in the brown trout. Your PhD will be based at Exeter and Cardiff Universities and will involve collaboration and training with local partners, The Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust, Westcountry Rivers Trust, the Environment Agency, and Natural Resources Wales. Your supervisors (Dr Jamie Stevens and Prof Mike Bruford) are experts in trout population genetics, genomics of adaptation and conservation genetics and have good links with local partners. With over 60 PhD students supervised between them, they have extensive experience of supervising PhD students and of providing a supportive environment in which students flourish and develop into researchers and environmental practitioners.

Application Deadline: 17th December 2018 9am

More information:

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