Job Opportunities

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

It is an exciting time in the environment sector as the importance of river health receives the wider attention it deserves.

In the Westcountry, our charity has been leading the way in restoring and protecting the region’s freshwater environments for more than 25 years, but there is still more to be done.

To keep caring for these spaces, and all who depend on them, our charity is growing, with opportunities across a variety of departments. Working for the trust will provide you with a stimulating environment in which to meet your career aspirations.

We believe that our most important asset is our people. We aim to recruit the best and spend time and effort investing in our staff, which results in a low staff turnover. As a charity, we may not be able to offer as high salaries as we wish but we do offer other benefits such as flexitime.

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

Please note: Interviews may be conducted via video call or equivalent.

Latest Vacancies:
Operations Trainee Team Leader (Grade 2) – apply by 17/08/2022

Salary range £19,1300 – £21,500 Per annum dependent on experience.

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 Operational 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.

This role will provide a Trainee Team Leader position and additional support to the Operational team across a varied programme of work.

This role will support with a mixture of site based delivery opportunities on a range of WRT projects. The successful applicant will be a motivated, enthusiastic, team player who will be reliable and show initiative. This role is a mixture of site and desk based however there may be the requirement to visit delivery sites on occasion.

This role will support the Operations Team and other departments at WRT with the delivery of various catchment management outputs such as but not limited to, habitat creation and restoration opportunities, monitoring, natural flood management, arboricultural work and community engagement. Your role will be predominantly site-based working at various locations on our catchments throughout the South West, supporting on the delivery of on array of project outputs for the Trust. You will be responsible for supporting the Operations Team to deliver a range of work safely and professionally on WRT sites, whilst developing the skills and experience to lead a team on site in future. Reporting to the Operations Supervisor you will develop your knowledge and experience of working in the environmental conservation sector with a focus on enhancing freshwater environments. You will be encouraged to develop your leadership, mentoring and management skills and have experience of working in one or more of the following; river restoration, fisheries, arboriculture/forestry, ecology and construction & land management.

Job Description:

The Operations Trainee Team Leader will report into the Operations Supervisor.

Responsibilities:

  • Supporting WRT teams on site to safely deliver Trust work.
  • Ensuring a high level of Health & Safety standards are maintained.
  • Maintaining Trust equipment, machinery and tools.
  • Engaging with the public, volunteers, landowners and other stakeholders.
  • Supporting with development junior members of staff and apprentices.
  • Obtaining high quality monitoring and evidence for project reporting.
  • Drafting and writing project reports.

Person specification

Knowledge and Experience:

  • Experience of working outdoors in aquatic environments and remote locations.
  • Maintaining arboricultural equipment such as chainsaws, brush cutters and other hand tools.
  • Good understanding of industry Health and Safety standards and codes of practice.
  • Previous experience of carrying out work with chainsaws and other hand tools and plant machinery.
  • Experience of delivering tree planting, NFM and habitat management schemes. (D)
  • Experience of using various software from the MS Office suite.
  • A background in river restoration, fisheries, arboriculture/forestry, ecology or construction. (D)

Skills and Competencies:

  • Ability to plan and manage workload and work independently and/or as part of a team.
  • Good communication skills.
  • Able to use various online mapping software to check for TPO’s, statutory land uses and priority habitats and protected species.
  • Some of our commercial clients may require you to undertake a medical exam including drug and alcohol tests from time to time prior to carrying out work on their sites.
  • Ability to travel to sites throughout the southwest

Qualifications/Membership:

  • Minimum of Level 3 qualification or similar in relevant subject.
  • Arboricultural qualifications:
    • NPTC 201, 202, 203, 206, 306, 308
    • NPTC 301, 302, 307, 309 (D)
    • MEWP(D)
  • FAW+F
  • Qualification and experience of using plant machinery (D)
  • Traffic management qualification. (D)
  • Working to attain professional membership of industry organisation.
  • B+E towing (D)
  • LISS/CSCS card (D)

The above are Essential criteria unless indicated as Desirable (D)

To apply: Submit your CV and a one page covering letter clearly marked as applying for the job of Operations Trainee Team Leader using the following link https://hr.breathehr.com/v/operations-trainee-team-leader-24815

Submission by: 5pm on 17th August 2022

Interviews will be held on; Thursday 1st September 2022

Operations Arb Team Leader (Grade 3) – apply by 17/08/2022

Salary range £22,800 – £27,800 per annum dependent on experience.

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 Operational 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.

This role will provide a Team Leader position and additional support to the Operational team across a varied programme of work.

This role will support with a mixture of site based delivery opportunities on a range of WRT projects. The successful applicant will be a motivated, enthusiastic, team player who will be reliable and show initiative. This role is a mixture of site and desk based however there may be the requirement to visit delivery sites on occasion.

This role will support the Operations Team and other departments at WRT with the delivery of various catchment management outputs such as but not limited to, habitat creation and restoration opportunities, monitoring, natural flood management, arboricultural work and community engagement. Your role will be predominantly site-based working at various locations on our catchments throughout the South West, supporting on the delivery of on array of project outputs for the Trust. You will be responsible for leading a team of operatives to deliver a range of work safely and professionally on WRT sites. Reporting to the Operations Supervisor you will develop your knowledge and experience of working in the environmental conservation sector with a focus on enhancing freshwater environments. You will be encouraged to develop your leadership, mentoring and management skills and have experience of working in one or more of the following; river restoration, fisheries, arboriculture/forestry, ecology and construction & land management. A background and experience of working in arboriculture is essential for this role.

Job Description:

The Operations Team Leader will report into the Operations Supervisor.

Responsibilities:

  • Leading a team on site to safely deliver Trust work.
  • Ensuring a high level of Health & Safety standards are maintained.
  • Maintaining Trust equipment, machinery and tools.
  • Engaging with the public, volunteers, landowners and other stakeholders
  • Developing junior members of staff and apprentices.
  • Delivering toolbox talks and other training to team members.
  • Obtaining high quality monitoring and evidence for project reporting.
  • Drafting and writing project reports.

Person specification.

Knowledge and Experience

  • Experience of working outdoors in aquatic environments and remote locations.
  • Maintaining arboricultural equipment such as chainsaws, brush cutters and other hand tools.
  • Good understanding of industry Health and Safety standards and codes of practice.
  • Previous experience of carrying out work with chainsaws and other hand tools and plant machinery.
  • Experience of delivering tree planting, NFM and habitat management schemes. (D)
  • Previous experience of supervising a team.
  • Electrofishing and other fisheries and ecological monitoring and survey experience. (D)
  • Experience of using various software from the MS Office suite.
  • A background in river restoration, fisheries, arboriculture/forestry, ecology or construction. (D)

Skills and Competencies

  • Ability to plan and manage workloads including suitable delegation and supervision of tasks.
  • Supervision of small-scale projects and outputs.
  • Good communication skills.
  • Experience of mentoring and training others.
  • Able to use various online mapping software to check for TPO’s, statutory land uses and priority habitats and protected species.
  • Some of our commercial clients may require you to undertake a medical exam including drug and alcohol tests from time to time prior to carrying out work on their sites.
  • Ability to travel to sites throughout the southwest

Qualifications/Membership

  • Minimum of Level 3 qualification or similar in relevant subject.
  • Arboricultural qualifications:
    • NPTC 201, 202, 203, 206, 306, 308
    • NPTC 301, 302, 307, 309 (D)
    • MEWP(D)
  • FAW+F
  • Electrofishing Trained, Electrofishing Team Leader Trained (D)
  • Qualification and experience of using plant machinery (D)
  • Traffic management qualification. (D)
  • Working to attain professional membership of industry organisation.
  • B+E towing (D)
  • LISS/CSCS card (D)

The above are Essential criteria unless indicated as Desirable (D)

To apply: Submit your CV and a one page covering letter clearly marked as applying for the job of Operations Arb Team Leader https://hr.breathehr.com/v/operations-arb-team-leader-24813

Submission by: 5pm on Wednesday 17th August 2022 Interviews will be held on Friday 2nd September 2022

Citizen Science Volunteer Coordinator – apply by 11/09/2022

Hours: Full time or part time hours considered

Starting salary: £27,300 – 31,800 pro rata per annum – depending on experience.

Reporting to: Evidence and Engagement Programme Manager

Westcountry Rivers Trust is a leading environmental charity working with partners and stakeholders across the South West to deliver activities that bring about positive change both in our rivers and on the landscapes they drain.

We are looking for a highly motivated, experienced and creative volunteer coordinator to manage our citizen science river monitoring scheme, Westcountry Citizen Science Investigations (CSI).

Across the South West region, only one in five rivers are in ‘good health’, but current approaches to river monitoring are not able to adequately identify water quality issues and causes with certainty or at sufficient scale.

The data collected by our fabulous community of Westcountry Citizen Science Investigations (CSI) volunteers is helping to plug this gap and makes a valuable contribution to our work to protect and restore the region’s water environments.

Our programme aims to educate and connect people with their local river and produces data and evidence that can be used to spot pollution events, identify degrading water bodies and to target further monitoring or restoration activities.

The scheme aims to empower local communities to take action, whether through advocacy, the development of river restoration projects or through actions in their own homes and communities.

In this role, you will build strong and trusted relationships with citizen scientists, and encourage, support and facilitate collaborative investigations. You will also build strong relationships with other key stakeholders involved with, or with an interest in, monitoring the environment, including public bodies, water companies and other environmental NGOs.

The post-holder will need to combine a passion for the environment with project management skills and strong community & stakeholder engagement skills.

The successful candidate will work with local community groups to coordinate and support citizen science and volunteer conservation work. You will co-ordinate and deliver training in appropriate techniques, supervise and contribute to the analysis and visualisation of data from the different activities, and maintain good relationships and provide feedback to stakeholders and partners.

You will take a collaborative approach to the ongoing development of the scheme and contribute to securing additional funding as the scheme continues to develop and grow.

The work will form part of the national Catchment Systems Thinking Cooperative project (CaSTCo) but will also contribute to a wide range of other Trust projects and activities.

While a broad knowledge of the issues currently facing our water environment is highly desirable, specialist water monitoring knowledge is not essential.

It is an exciting time for volunteer monitoring in the UK and this role is an exciting opportunity for someone with passion, experience and creativity to proactively lead the development and expansion of one of the country’s leading citizen science volunteer programmes.

Person Specification

Essential

  • Motivated professional with experience in recruiting, co-ordinating and facilitating volunteer activities
  • A degree, or comparable qualification or experience in an Environmental or Social Science or other related discipline
  • Excellent communications skills and the ability to engage with, inspire and build relationships with the public, community groups and a range of stakeholders
  • Ability to use feedback and evaluation techniques to continuously improve and develop our volunteer programme
  • Excellent presentation and communication skills for a wide range of audiences
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, both face-to-face and in online meetings
  • Demonstrable project management skills and experience
  • A track record of developing and maintaining project-wide relationships
  • Ability to manage work load and time effectively
  • Excellent IT skills including Microsoft Office 365
  • Good knowledge of requirements for data protection and confidentiality
  • Ability to work flexibly, including occasional evenings and weekends

Desirable

  • Experience of managing partnerships
  • Experience of presenting scientific information in accessible and engaging ways
  • A good knowledge of the current environmental challenges and an understanding of catchment-based approaches for river management
  • A good knowledge of key environmental policies and legislation.

There will be the opportunity to work from home in this role and to work flexible hours, however, regular travel across the Westcountry for workshops, events and meetings will be required.

To apply: Apply using the following link; https://hr.breathehr.com/v/citizen-science-and-volunteer-25053 – Please attach a CV and Covering Letter.

Submission by: 12am Sunday 11th September