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. 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.

 

River Operations Arboricultural Apprentice

Two-year apprentice position. Salary – first year at national apprentice wage, second year at national minimum wage. 25 days holiday per annum plus bank holidays.

As an environmental charity, we work across the South West to improve our rivers for the benefit of all.  We work with grants, water company funded initiatives and government funding to deliver change both in our rivers and on the land that they drain. We are looking for a highly motivated individual to join our River Ops. team.  This is a fantastic opportunity for the right candidate to work for Westcountry Rivers Trust (WRT), a dynamic and aspirational organisation at the forefront of environmental thinking and practical conservation in the UK today.

To apply:  Send your CV and a one page covering letter clearly marked as applying for the job of River Ops. Apprentice to: Westcountry Rivers Trust, Rain-Charm House, Kyl Cober Parc, Stoke Climsland, Cornwall  PL17 8PH or email to [email protected]

Submission by: 5pm Wednesday 19 June 2019. Interviews will take place in the week commencing 1 July 2019.

PERSON DESCRIPTION

The successful candidate will be a highly motivated individual, with a passion for working within the environmental conservation sector, and have the ability to work fully supported within a team and individually.

 Essential –

  • 5 GCSEs Grade A-C or equivalent
  • Good interpersonal skills with the ability to build positive working relationships
  • Reliable with good attendance
  • Ability to demonstrate initiative and identify your own performance objectives, taking responsibility for ensuring they are achieved, with support.
  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • Valid Full UK driving licence
  • Physically fit, to deliver the practical elements required by the role
  • The role will require you to be trained to carry out Aerial Tree work

Desirable –

  • Previous experience using Microsoft Office suite and similar applications
  • Some knowledge or experience of working in the rural environment
  • Some previous experience working in a practical role

 JOB DESCRIPTION

  • To work within the River Ops. team assisting with the delivery of a range of habitat works, on a variety of projects which allow the Trust to achieve its charitable aims.
  • As part of the two-year apprenticeship you will attend college for 11 block weeks at different times throughout the duration of the role, where you will begin to build your portfolio of arboricultural chainsaw and climbing tickets.
  • You will also develop your knowledge, experience and understanding of rivers and fisheries while working for the trust, and from time to time be required to assist with habitat surveys, fishing beat maintenance and other activities that the WRT engages in.
  • Any PPE and equipment required for the position will be provided by WRT.
  • During your two-year apprenticeship we will provide you with any help and support you require, in order to allow you to grow and develop within your role.

The main place of work for the role will be the WRT offices in Stoke Climsland, Cornwall.  Although you will regularly be required to work with the River Ops. team at sites throughout the South West.

The position is for 37.5 hours per week, with regular office hours being 09:00-17:00 although from time to time we may require you to be flexible, depending on the work schedule each day. Occasionally the role may necessitate you to travel and stay away for training or work purposes.

The post will report to Ben Gallant, River Habitat Officer

Project Finance Officer

Full time permanent position – salary between £24 – £29k (dependent on experience) plus benefits including 7% 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.  We are looking for a highly motivated individual to join our finance team.  This is a fantastic opportunity for the right candidate to work for WRT, a dynamic and aspirational organisation at the forefront of environmental thinking and practical conservation in the UK today.

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

Submission by: 5pm Wednesday 29 May 2019. Interviews will take place in the week commencing 3 June 2019.

PERSON DESCRIPTION

The successful candidate will be a highly motivated individual, experienced in inter-team working with great communication skills, a keen eye for detail and an ability to work accurately under pressure.

Essential –

  • 2-3 years’ experience in a finance role
  • A keen eye for detail and accuracy and the ability to work to deadlines
  • Knowledge and competence in Microsoft Office applications, particularly Excel
  • Ability to manage competing demands in a busy environment and respond flexibly to the differing daily priorities
  • Good interpersonal skills with the ability to build positive working relationships
  • Reliable with good attendance and work performance
  • Ability to demonstrate initiative and identify your own performance objectives to meet both personal and organisational goals taking responsibility for ensuring they are achieved
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Valid driving licence and own car, insured for business use
  • Work effectively as a member of a small Finance team in liaison with other teams and disciplines

Desirable

  • Knowledge and/or experience in XERO
  • Knowledge and/or experience of Interreg Funding and claims processing
  • Experience of Project Management and accounting

 

JOB DESCRIPTION

Raise and submit European and UK claims including:

  • Extract claim information from XERO
  • Check claim transactions for eligibility within the programme guidelines
  • Oversee the Admin Coordinator to ensure she has all relevant information to collate supporting documentation for the claims for submission.
  • Accurate completion of quarterly and half-yearly claim forms to deadlines
  • Submit claims and documents for audit
  • Monthly reconciliation of project income, expenditure and match funding
  • Investigate and resolve any issues or problems arising

 

Correspondence with third parties including:

  • Procurement to engage an auditor (First Level Controller – FLC) of claims for new projects, and notifying DCLG of the appointment
  • Liaise with auditors in relation to audit planning and all aspects of the claim and resolve any queries to ensure claim audits are signed off to deadlines
  • Attendance at European partner meetings, both in the UK and overseas
  • Attendance at training sessions for claim submission on projects
  • Liaise with Lead Partner to control delays in receipt of claim payments
  • Where the Trust is Lead Partner, liaise regularly with Project Partners to ensure timely submission of their claims. Obtain budget updates from Partners to ensure overall project spend is in line with expectations and the budget will be achieved.
  • Respond to issues / queries / requests for information in an accurate and timely manner

Keep project managers and the Head of Finance informed of project progress including:

  • Date claims submitted
  • Value of the claims (Cash and Match Funding) – Sterling and Euros
  • Total match funding achieved / remaining
  • All concerns / issues / risks
  • Regular budget forecasts and cash flow for each project
  • Chase for payment as and when required and inform Head of Finance of when receipt expected and any possible delays.
  • Liaise with Project Manager on claim deadlines for submission of Progress Reports to accompany the claim.

Other- Project Related

  • Ensure project expenditure complies with the Trusts’ procurement process and procedures
  • Prepare NEC contracts for relevant suppliers, where required by the Trust’s procurement procedures. This requires an understanding of the NEC contract and training will be provided if required.
  • Carry out Trust Year End procedures to include:
    • Project reconciliations
    • Accruals and prepayments for the relevant projects
    • Raise project journals where necessary
  • Assist the Head of Finance with any other duties required

The post holder will be based within WRT offices in Stoke Climsland, Cornwall. 
The post will report to Kelly Sivorn, Head of Finance.

Bookkeeper

Part time permanent position for 3 days per week – salary between £21 – £24k pro rata (dependent on experience) plus benefits including 7% 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.  We are looking for an experienced and highly motivated individual to join our finance team.  This is a fantastic opportunity for the right candidate to work for WRT, a dynamic and aspirational organisation at the forefront of environmental thinking and practical conservation in the UK today.

To apply:  Send your CV and a one page covering letter clearly marked as applying for the job of Bookkeeper to:

Westcountry Rivers Trust, Rain-Charm House, Kyl Cober Parc, Stoke Climsland, Cornwall  PL17 8PH or email to [email protected]

Submission by: 5pm Wednesday 29 May 2019. Interviews will take place in the week commencing 3 June 2019.

PERSON DESCRIPTION

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate experience in processing transactions in an efficient and timely manner and be pro-active in nature showing confidence and initiative enabling them to ensure that accounting records are accurate and up to date.

We are looking for a hard-working and enthusiastic individual who will be reliable and work well within a small and friendly team.  Intermediate to advanced level excel skills would be favourable.

Essential –

  • Degree level or equivalent related experience in accountancy
  • A keen eye for detail and accuracy and the ability to work to deadlines
  • Knowledge & competence in Microsoft Office applications particularly Excel
  • Knowledge and competence in XERO or other accounting packages
  • A fast learner able to familiarise themselves quickly with the many projects run by the Trust and its trading subsidiary
  • Good interpersonal skills with the ability to build positive working relationships
  • Reliable with good attendance and work performance
  • Valid driving licence and own car, insured for business use
  • Work effectively as a member of a small Finance team in liaison with other teams and disciplines

Desirable –

  • Knowledge of charity accounts and their unique nature

 JOB DESCRIPTION

Sales and Purchase Ledger

  • Update the Xero accounting system including reviewing and publishing of purchase invoices from Receiptbank.
  • Sales ledger – ensure sales invoices are raised and posted accurately and in a timely manner.
  • Purchase ledger – ensure purchase invoices are posted accurately and in a timely manner.
  • Co-ordinate physical sign-off of purchase invoices by the appropriate Manager to ensure all expenditure has been authorised and the project allocation is agreed.
  • Identify discrepancies and/or issues with sales and purchase invoices and raise this with the Financial Accountant in order that a timely resolution can be identified.

Payments and Treasury

  • Record receipts and payments and reconcile the bank accounts weekly.
  • Record credit card transactions and reconcile the credit card account monthly.
  • Banking of cheques and cash received at the Trust.
  • Generate payment runs to suppliers based on invoices approved for payment, for review by the Financial Accountant.

Payroll

  • Prepare monthly payroll for 47 employees for review by the Head of Finance.
  • Make the appropriate entries into Xero to record payroll transactions.

Monthly and Year-end Accounts

  • Assist the Financial Accountant in preparing the Year-end audit file to ensure that all information is ready and available in time for the statutory audit.

Credit Control

  • Regularly review debtors for both the Trust and its’ trading subsidiary and liaise with the Financial Accountant to ensure credit control procedures are implemented.

The post holder will be based within WRT offices in Stoke Climsland, Cornwall. 
The post will report to Kelly Sivorn, Head of Finance.