Grade 4 – Full time – Permanent position.
£27,300 to £31,800 depending on experience.
Benefits include 9% pension.
Westcountry Rivers Trust is a leading environmental charity working with partners and stakeholders across the region to deliver activities that bring about positive change both in our rivers and on the landscapes the drain.
As project delivery specialist contractors and consultants in the freshwater environment, the Operations Team undertake and support the in-house delivery of a range of projects delivered either directly by the team or supported by our trusted sub-contractors. The type of project outputs, monitoring and interventions we deliver and oversee consist of, but aren’t limited to; bankside and in-river habitat management such as arboricultural work, wetland creation, protection and restoration, tree planting and woodland creation, gravel augmentation, natural flood management (NFM) and other nature based solution (NBS) opportunities, floodplain restoration and reconnection, weir removals and modifications, electrofishing monitoring, catchment walkovers, gravel audits, invertebrate monitoring, arboricultural and ecological surveys, supporting applications to countryside stewardship and the England woodland creation offer (EWCO), training and development, and specialist work in protected and sensitive sites.
This role will contribute to the effective delivery of the broad programme of work undertaken by our Operational Team at WRT across a range of projects. Supporting the Operations Manager and Operational Team by taking the lead on a range of project and programme management, internal and external engagement, and enabling processes which assist our good work to be delivered. This role will support development of the team and Trust during an exciting period of growth and opportunity, enabling the delivery of projects and encouraging the environmental resilience and sustainability of our catchments throughout the South West.
Please apply using https://hr.breathehr.com/v/operations-team-programme-21979 by 5pm on Tuesday 19th April 2022, Interviews are to take place on Tuesday 3rd May 2022.
1. Support the Operations Team and other departments at WRT with managing the effective delivery of our work programme across a range of projects at the Trust.
2. Effective project management for a range of schemes including managing and monitoring a schedule of project activities and key milestones to achieve project objectives.
3. To manage risks, issues and changes to the programme of works.
4. To maintain, interrogate and regularly update work schedules, deliverables, budget or activity logs and extracting information for reporting, in liaison with the Operations Manager and team.
5. Managing project budgets and team expenditure, checking invoices, costings on proformas and financial information from suppliers.
6. When required, line manage other members of the Operational Team and deputise for the Operations Manager.
7. To assist with organising and attending events, meetings, workshops and associated dissemination of material and minutes.
8. Prepare essential project related paperwork and assist with the drafting of reports and collation of material and data.
9. To build positive relationships and liaise regularly with colleagues and external partners or organisations.
10. To work with others at WRT to continuously develop and improve our project/programme management and administration processes and ensure that they are fit for purpose.
11. To attend formal and informal training and develop relevant knowledge and skills (CPD) as appropriate.
12. May be required to carry out other duties from time to time commensurate with the level of the post.
13. Maintain appropriate confidentiality of information relating to WRT and its employees and maintain compliance with the UK GDPR.
Skills and Experience:
1. Experience of working in a project management, or other relevant role managing a programme of works, in a multi-task environment.
2. Strong administration skills with a desire to continually improve and streamline processes.
3. A proactive approach and ability to use initiative and problem solve, with a strength in the logistical management of a team and multiple workloads.
4. The ability to work accurately with a high attention to detail.
5. The ability to work to manage your own workload and meet deadlines, managing conflicting demands and working effectively to deadlines with minimum supervision.
6. Experience of managing people effectively and planning workloads across a team to ensure objectives are delivered.
7. Effective verbal and written communication with the ability to build positive working relationships.
8. Demonstrable experience of working with MS Office suite especially Word and Excel.
9. Formal education to at least Level 2 (GCSE Maths and English to grade C, or equivalent).
Advantageous but not essential:
1. Previous experience of working in an arboricultural, agricultural or construction-based environment or similar.
2. Experience of working with financial information and budgets.
3. Membership of a relevant professional organisation.
4. Degree level qualification in environmental, ecological or other appropriate background.
There will be the opportunity to work from home in this role and work flexible hours. Travel to sites throughout the Westcountry will also be required from time to time, this role is a mixture of office, home and site based.