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 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 and we aim to recruit the best. Although we can’t always offer as high a salary as we might like, we try to offer other benefits including flexi-time and the option to work from home on occasion.

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.


Our latest vacancies will be shown below

Senior Project Manager/Team Manager

This is a Grade 5 role with a salary between £34,000 and £39,000 (dependent on experience) plus benefits including an 8% pension.

This is a permanent full-time role of 37.5 hours per week.

We are a leading environmental charity working with the public, private and Third sectors delivering a range of initiatives, commercial or charitable activities to bring about positive change both in our rivers and on the landscapes they drain.

We are looking for a highly motivated and organised Senior Project Manager and Team Manager to join our Land Management Team. This is a fantastic opportunity for the right candidate to work for Westcountry Rivers Trust (WRT).

Following the successful development and delivery of Upstream Thinking 1 and 2, we continue to work with South West Water (SWW) to deliver the third phase of the Upstream Thinking (UST) initiative, running from 2020 to 2025. This multi-million-pound water company-funded project has gained significant recognition over the past 10 years and continues to mature, requiring strong partnership working and core understanding of relevant practical interventions to support our close landowner engagement. The project has significant delivery targets to achieve improvements in water quality, land management and broader benefits e.g. biodiversity, which will require a targeted and informed approach.

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

Submission by: 5pm on Monday 24 February. Interviews will take place on Monday 2 March 2020 and candidates will be asked to give a presentation.

Job Description:

The Senior Project Manager will report to Hazel Kendall, Head of Land Management, and will themselves manage a project team of UST farm advisors.


  • To manage the UST project from inception to completion including implementation of a project management system.
  • To develop, implement and monitor a schedule of project activities and key milestones to achieve project objectives and ensure all agreed Outcome Delivery Incentives are met.
  • Project financial management, including budget planning (grants and resourcing), forecasting, reporting and ensuring the project adheres to the agreed budget.
  • To hold delegated authority for project expenditure in accordance with WRT policies and procedures.
  • To manage risks, issues, and changes to the project, ensuring appropriate corrective action is taken to keep projects on track, and advising the Head of Land Management of any deviations from the project plan.
  • To establish and manage the monitoring and project reporting processes. To develop and identify project promotional opportunities, drafting comms content for various media.
  • To be responsible for the regular Quality Assurance of contracts and farm plans.
  • To build relationships and engage teams internally and engage with project deliverables and to encourage innovation and ideas.
  • To build relationships with external partners, clients, and stakeholders and maintain regular communication.
  • To provide direction to the UST project team ensuring objectives are met. To provide regular progress reports to the Head of Land Management in their Project Director role, assessing or highlighting risks, issues or opportunities to support optimal delivery.
  • Team management of the UST farm advisors including overseeing workload, monitoring objectives and ensuring they are met, responsibility for one-to-ones and Performance Development Reviews, and reporting regularly to update the Line Manager.
  • To be able to recognise commercial opportunities and follow leads to develop potential new areas of work.
  • You may be asked to take on other relevant duties as appropriate.
  • This role is mainly office based but will require travel to meetings.

Person specification.

Knowledge and Experience

  • Proven experience of successfully managing multiple complex projects, preferably within the environmental sector.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of, and extensive experience of implementing and maintaining, project management processes and systems.
  • Proven experience developing budgets for projects, managing actual costs against budgets and ensuring projects adhere to agreed budgets.
  • Demonstrable people management experience.
  • Experience in providing direction to a project team and ensuring objectives are met.
  • Practical experience of catchment management and associated approaches
  • Working knowledge of Agri-environment schemes, awareness of relevant agricultural or environmental policies.
  • Experience of identifying and developing commercial opportunities (Desirable).
  • Experience in a farm advisory role or similar (Desirable).

Skills and Competencies

  • A proactive approach and evidence of using own initiative with effective problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with an ability to use information objectively and apply sound judgement in order to make decisions.
  • Adaptable and organised in prioritising workload, managing conflicting demands and working effectively to deadlines with minimum supervision.
  • Attention to detail and accuracy.
  • The ability to foster and maintain successful working relationships with colleagues and contacts.
  • Ability to influence stakeholders and negotiate outcomes.
  • A professional and business orientated approach and attitude.
  • The ability to confidently present project outcomes to stakeholders, partners or wider audiences.
  • A sound working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook.


  • Degree (or equivalent) in a related discipline.
  • Project management accreditation/qualification (D).
  • Membership of an appropriate professional body (D).

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

River Operations Arboricultural Apprentice

This is a two-year apprenticeship and is a full-time role of 37.5 hours per week.

Hours: Normal office hours are 9am to 5pm 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.  

Salary: The first year will be paid at National Apprenticeship Wage (£4.15 per hour) and the second year at National Minimum Wage plus benefits including pension.

Place of Work: The main place of work for the role will be the Westcountry Rivers Trust (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.

We are an environmental charity that works across the region 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 River Ops. team.  This is a fantastic opportunity for the right candidate to work with us. 

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] or contact the office on 01579 372140.

Submission by:  5pm Wednesday 18 March 2020. Interviews will take place in the week commencing Monday 30 March 2020.

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.
  • Duties will include tree pruning, felling, and dismantling, operating and maintaining tools and machinery, aerial tree inspections using climbing equipment and elevated platforms.
  • You will develop your knowledge, experience, and understanding of rivers and fisheries while working for WRT, and from time-to-time be required to assist with habitat surveys, fishing beat maintenance, electrofishing, and other activities that WRT engages in.
  • As part of the two-year apprenticeship, you will attend college for a number of 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. Accessing a tree using rope and harness will form part of this role and is a requirement of successfully completing the apprenticeship program.
  • To follow WRT Health and Safety Policy and procedures.
  • You may be given other duties from time to time by your line manager.

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. Any PPE and equipment required for the position will be provided by WRT.

Person Specification:

Please address in your application how you meet the following:


  • 5 GCSEs Grade A-C or equivalent.
  • A genuine interest in arboriculture.
  • Good interpersonal skills with the ability to build positive working relationships.
  • Reliable with a positive attitude to work.
  • Ability to demonstrate initiative and contribute to identifying your own performance objectives, taking responsibility for ensuring they are achieved with support.
  • Good written and verbal communication skills.
  • The role will require you to be trained to carry out aerial tree work and this will be a frequent requirement of the role, therefore you need to be physically able to safely deliver these practical elements.
  • Able to travel to various remote sites and work outdoors in all weathers.
  • An awareness and understanding of the importance of health and safety.


  • Previous experience using Microsoft Office suite and similar applications.
  • Some knowledge or experience of working in a rural environment.
  • Some previous experience working in a practical role.
  • Experience of working as part of a team.

Note 1: You must not hold an existing qualification at the same or higher level as this apprenticeship in a similar subject.

Note 2: There is Electrofishing Survey training on the 2 and 3  May which we would like the successful candidate to attend.

GIS Specialist (Maternity Cover)

This is a Grade 3 role with a salary between £22,000 and £27,000 per annum (dependent on experience) plus benefits including 8% pension.

This is a one-year fixed term contract covering a period of maternity leave and is a full time role of 37.5 hours per week.

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 across a range of sectors to deliver change, both in our rivers and on the land that they drain.

Do you have a good environmental understanding and a commitment to developing a career in the environmental or conservation sectors?

We are looking for a confident and technically capable individual to join our vibrant and passionate team of environmentalists.

The successful candidate will be a self-motivated, organised and enthusiastic individual able to work to deadlines and under pressure.

We are looking for candidates who are passionate about the environment and who have a keen interest in both the collation and analysis of scientific data and the communication of scientific information to a variety of audiences.

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

For more information on this position, please contact Sarah Wigley via [email protected] or 01579 372140.

Submission by: 5pm, Friday 28 February 2020.  We anticipate that interviews will take place in the weeks commencing 9 March and 16 March.


Job Description:

This specialist role, sitting in the trust’s Evidence & Engagement Team, will be a one-year fixed term role based at our Head Office in Stoke Climsland, Cornwall.

The post will report to Dr Nick Paling, Head of Evidence & Engagement.

The responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • To collate, analyse and present environmental data and evidence, using a variety of software, to support the integrated river catchment management activities of the trust, adopting an ecosystem services/natural capital approach.
  • To utilise data and evidence from a variety of sources to support initiatives being undertaken by trust staff and for presentation to external clients and partners.
  • To use GIS systems, including ESRI ArcGIS, for spatial data creation or management, spatial analysis and map production.
  • To write for both technical and non-technical audiences adjusting the style to suit the different project purposes.

The work undertaken will also make a significant contribution to the consultancy work of the Trust and help it to achieve its objectives of protecting and improving the environment and promoting sustainable development.

Person Specification

Essential Criteria

Knowledge and Experience

  • Good knowledge or background in the environmental or conservation sectors.
  • Demonstrable experience of GIS systems, including ESRI ArcGIS, for spatial data creation or management, spatial analysis and the production of professional maps and other outputs communicating spatial data.
  • Good data management skills.
  • Experience of writing for both technical and non-technical audiences.
  • Can demonstrate a passion for the natural environment and desire to make a difference in this exciting field of science.

 Skills and Competencies

  • Adaptable and organised when prioritising workload and able to work to deadlines and manage conflicting demands when working under pressure.
  • A proactive approach and evidence of using own initiative with effective problem-solving skills.
  • Good verbal and written communication skills, both internally and to external clients, volunteers or members of the public.
  • Ability to work in a team and liaise with other internal teams.


  • Appropriate Degree level qualification in an environmental discipline.

Desirable Criteria

The following are not essential for the role but would be an advantage:

Knowledge and Experience

  • Experience of carrying out advanced spatial analysis techniques, such as raster-based analysis, 3D analysis or the use of tools such as Model Builder
  • Experience using programming languages, such as Python or R, to carry out statistical analysis or data visualisation
  • Experience using ArcGIS Online to produce web-based maps and applications
  • Experience in accessing and managing a range of environmental datasets and familiarity with data licensing and metadata.


  • A postgraduate qualification in a relevant area.
Rivers Officer (Somerset/Dorset)

This is a Grade 2 role with a salary between £20,300 – £23,000 (dependent on experience) plus benefits, including an 8% pension.

This is a permanent full-time role of 37.5 hours per week.  

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, commercial contracts and government funding to deliver change both in our rivers and on the land that they drain.

The Somerset and Dorset (Wessex) area of the trust has been an area of exciting developments in terms of fisheries and catchment scale projects. The diverse work can range from providing fisheries and river expertise to larger partner-led, multiple benefit projects to bespoke and specialist fisheries work and everything in between.

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

Submission by: 5pm Friday 29 February 2020. Interviews will be held on Friday 13 March 2020. 

Job Description:

This Rivers Officer will report to, and support, the Fisheries Scientist and Dorset and Somerset Fisheries Team Leader, and is primarily a fisheries role.

The role will help deliver and manage small to medium scale fisheries and river catchment projects, often in partnership with other organisations. The work will be predominantly based on the catchments of Somerset, with occasional work in Dorset and further afield. The role will also be expected to promote and develop the strategic aims of the trust and its commercial delivery arm (Westcountry Rivers Limited). Work commitments will generally be based within the Somerset area (with Taunton being a hub for projects and partners). 

The work streams are diverse and varied but most have fisheries themes as the main focus. The current list of projects includes habitat enhancement, eel monitoring, catchment strategies, electrofishing, gravel augmentations, and fish passage solutions. 

The successful candidate will be expected to visit the trust’s Cornwall office in Stoke Climsland to stay in touch with the Fisheries and Rivers Team. They will also need to travel to multiple sites generally in the Somerset area. 

There is currently a Topsham (Exeter) office that can also be used for working closely with the line manager. In addition, there may be opportunities to work from home to be agreed with your line manager if deemed suitable.


  • Project manage small to medium scale projects, with assistance.
  • Fisheries and ecological based field surveys (e.g. barrier assessment, walkovers, electrofishing).
  • To support the development of funding bids.
  • Assist in the development of commercial marketing opportunities for fisheries work.
  • Represent WRT at relevant meetings with clients, partners, and funders as well as showcasing the work of WRT when opportunities arise.  
  • Deliver high-quality outputs in terms of reporting and data analysis.
  • Build and maintain good local and national connections.
  • Assisting other staff with river-related projects.
  • Assisting with WRT’s river operations team.
  • Provide other assistance as the Trust reasonably may require.

Person Specification

Essential Criteria

  • Relevant degree.
  • A keen interest and/or knowledge in coarse fish species, eels, and salmonids.
  • Fisheries fieldwork experience.
  • Report writing experience.
  • Experience of data analysis.
  • Ability to present WRT’s work to partners and stakeholders.
  • Ability to manage own workload and use initiative. 
  • An understanding of pressures, drivers related to river and fisheries conservation.
  • An understanding of the catchment-based approach.
  • Able to undertake fieldwork and travel to multiple sites.

Desirable Criteria

  • 2 years of fisheries or river-related work experience.
  • Member of a relevant professional body
  • Electrofishing qualification.
  • Experience of aquatic ecological surveys.
  • Certificate or diploma qualifications.
  • Knowledge of land management practices.
  • An understanding of the Wessex landscape.
  • Use of GIS software. 
  • Experience of funding and bid writing.