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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 opportunities...

River Officer

Reportable to: Devon River and Fisheries Manager

Based at:  Westcountry Rivers Trust headquarters, Rain-Charm House, Kyl Cober Parc, Stoke Climsland, Cornwall, PL17 8PH.  Required to travel around Devon and Cornwall as part of normal duties.

RoleTo support the catchment manager in achieving fisheries objectives and deliver riparian habitat improvements, especially tree works.

The successful candidate will undertake fieldwork surveys and office-based reporting to assess and convey the status of fisheries in the area.  Some experience of habitat improvement works is desirable for implementing river improvements to help improve fisheries.  Promotional events, educational events, workshop delivery and some organisation of work sites will be required.

Essential pre-requisites:  Must have a full and clean driving licence for driving in the UK and own a vehicle for use for work.  Experience and qualifications in carrying out tree works is required.  Educated to graduate degree level or equivalent in a relevant subject or experienced in relevant survey and delivery skills.  Must be legally allowed to live and work in the UK.

Key responsibilities and accountabilities:

1.       Water-based ecological survey work (e.g. Coarse resolution rapid-assessment to assess obstacles to fish migration, electrofishing, fish habitat walkover survey).

2.       Research and interpretation of ecological works including data searches, report writing and data analysis.

3.       Delivery of habitat improvement works.

4.       Delivery of tree works using chainsaws and other machinery and tools.

5.       Maintain and develop a computerised contacts database for catchments and sub-catchments.

6.       Organise administration and work in relation to site specific activities and report on activities to provide relevant management information.

7.       Liaise and attend meetings with other departments or organisations as necessary.

8.       Public speaking at educational events or project meetings.

9.       Attend training and develop relevant knowledge and skills.

10.   May be assigned to commercial projects or other catchment projects as required and may be required to carry out other duties from time to time.

SalaryPay grade 2.  £17,000-£22,000 p.a.  + mileage expenses are paid for use of own vehicle.

TermThe position is a 15 month fixed term contract with a 6 month trial period and the possibility of a permanent contract in the future.

The successful candidate should be a motivated and communicative individual with a clear focus on the welfare and improvement of our freshwater ecosystem.  Natural forward planning is desired in delivering high quality work which will be made available in the public domain.  The position may require some travel therefore the applicant must be sufficiently mobile and flexible to travel up to a few days a month within or outside the UK. A keenness for new experience and responsibility is essential, alongside the ability to get on with others and operate as part of a dynamic and expanding team.  Applicants should be fully conversant in standard computer software (MSWord, MSExcel, MSOutlook and internet) for reporting and it would be advantageous to have knowledge in specialist areas such as GIS.

Desirable pre-requisites:  A 2-1 or higher degree in ecology or a relevant degree course is desired.  Degree-equivalent vocational qualifications will be considered if highly relevant to the position.  Some experience in fisheries and a qualification in electrofishing is an advantage.  Further ecological survey work, habitat assessments and statistical analysis or accompanying environmental skills will be taken into positive consideration. Practical skills for habitat improvement will be taken into account.

Further information:  The post carries a six month trial period with opportunity for training and establishing wider interests.

The role is office based but the opportunity to work from home may be granted on occasion at supervisor’s discretion.

The position requires 37.5 hours a week worked.  Some flexibility is applied to working hours.  Some long hours may be necessary and balanced with time off in lieu.

Training will be provided for specific survey techniques where needed and some lone working may be required.  Some visits and liaison with a variety of contractors and land managers may be necessary.

Application:  Suitable candidates should supply a CV with references and a covering letter to Dr Bruce Stockley, Head of Fisheries and River Management, Westcountry Rivers Trust.  Applications will be accepted by post to the above headquarters address or via email to [email protected] .

The application process will consist of an initial submission of CV and covering letter followed by an interview with 5 minute presentation on a fisheries-related subject.

DeadlineApplications must be with Westcountry Rivers Trust by 17:00hrs 19th June 2017.

Candidates selected for interview will be informed by 23rd June.  Interviews will take place by arrangement on the week commencing 26th June and 3rd July.  The successful applicant will be informed by the 10th July.

Position starts: As soon as possible with maximum of 4 weeks’ notice.

Expenses for the application and interview process are not available.