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 via [email protected]. Vacancies are advertised here on our website, as well as in the local or national press as appropriate.


Please note: All interviews may be conducted via video call or equivalent for the time being.

Our latest vacancies will be shown below
River Operations Arboricultural Apprentice -  apply by 5pm Friday 11 December

This is an 18 month – 24 month apprenticeship dependent on choice of apprenticeship route and is full-time (37.5 hours per week). 

Hours: Normal office hours are 9am -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: This first year will be paid at national apprentice wage 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 our 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 Westcountry Rivers Trust (WRT) 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 River Operations 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 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 Friday 11 December 2020.

Interviews will take place in the week commencing Monday 4 January 2021, with a short trial shift planned for candidates successful in making it to the second stage of interview to take place on Friday 8 January 2021.

Job Description:

  • To work within the River Operations Team assisting with the delivery of a range of habitat management and creation work, on a variety of projects which allow the Trust to achieve its charitable aims.
  • Duties could include tree planting, 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 work on flood management projects, habitat surveys, fishing beat maintenance, electrofishing and other activities that the WRT engages in. 
  • As part of the apprenticeship programme you will attend a number of practical and theory-based training days throughout the duration of the role, where you will begin to build your portfolio of arboricultural and forestry-based qualifications.  You will work towards completing a Lantra Awards Apprenticeship Standard in either the Arborist or Forest Operative Role dependent on your chosen route.
  • The Arborist apprenticeship standard requires the candidate to regularly access trees using rope and harness and is a compulsory requirement of successfully completing the apprenticeship program if this is the chosen standard.
  • The Forestry Operative standard does not require you to undertake any tree climbing activities and we will provide guidance to the successful candidate to understand which apprenticeship standard is most suitable for them.
  • Additional training will also be provided complimentary to that included within the apprenticeship standards, to provide the successful candidate with the necessary skills and expertise they need to deliver a range of environmentally beneficial outputs on our river catchments in the South West.
  • 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 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 GCSE’s Grade A-C or equivalent.
  • A genuine interest in arboriculture.
  • Good interpersonal skills with the ability to build positive working relationships.
  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • Reliable with a positive attitude to work.
  • Ability to demonstrate initiative and a willingness to meet objectives.
  • Dependent on the chosen apprenticeship route the role may require you to be trained to carry out aerial tree work, 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 the 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.


Senior Project Manager/Team Manager - apply by 4 Dec 2020

This is a full time (37.5 hours per week) Grade 5 role with a salary between £34,000 and £39,000 (dependent on experience) plus benefits including 8% pension.

Due to the nature of the funding this post is a 22-month fixed term contract with the opportunity to extend or make permanent based on ability to secure additional work.

 Westcountry Rivers Trust are a leading environmental charity working with the Public, Private and Third Sectors. We deliver a range of initiatives, commercial and/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/Team Manager to join our Land team.

This is a fantastic opportunity for the right candidate to work for Westcountry Rivers Trust, a dynamic and aspirational organisation at the forefront of environmental thinking and practical conservation in the UK today.

This role will lead and manage a team of farm advisors, working alongside the UST Senior Project Manager/Team Manager and reporting into the Head of Land Management.

This role will also be required to contribute substantially to the development of new project work and new opportunities and for managing the delivery of that work. 

This is an exciting opportunity for the right person to join our team to develop new areas of work and extend our project portfolio. There will be an opportunity to extend or make permanent the fixed term contract if the role holder is able to develop sufficient work to fund this role within WRT longer term.

To apply:  Send your CV and a one page covering letter clearly marked as applying for the job of Senior 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 4 December 2020. Interviews are expected to take place w/c 14 December and will be via Microsoft Teams.

 Job Description:

The Senior Project Manager/Team Manager will work closely alongside the UST Senior Project Manager/Team Manager and will report into Hazel Kendell, Head of Land Management. This post will manage a team of farm advisors across various projects.


  • Team management of farm advisors including overseeing workload, monitoring progress of objectives and ensuring they are met, including responsibility for one-to-one’s and PDRs.
  • To proactively identify opportunities and develop new areas of work which are in alignment with our Charity Plan. 
  • To write high quality and effective bids and tenders to bring in new streams of income.
  • To build lasting and effective relationships and networks with external clients and businesses.
  • To manage multiple projects from inception to completion including implementation of project management systems and reporting.
  • To provide direction to project teams ensuring project objectives, targets and deadlines are met.
  • Project financial management, including budget planning, 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.
  • To actively promote the work of WRT and the Land Team.
  • Give presentations and talks to groups and businesses and set up promotional events and activity.
  • To be responsible for regular Quality Assurance.
  • To build relationships and engage teams internally to engage with project deliverables and to encourage innovation and ideas.
  • You may be asked to take on other relevant duties as appropriate.
  • This role is mainly desk based but will normally require travel to meetings.


Person specification.

Knowledge and Experience

  • Demonstrable people management experience.
  • Experience of providing direction to a project team and ensuring objectives are met.
  • Experience of identifying and developing commercial opportunities and delivery including cross sector working.
  • Experience of writing bids and/or tenders.
  • 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.
  • Practical experience of catchment management delivery and associated approaches.
  • Working knowledge of Agri Environment schemes, awareness of relevant Agricultural or Environmental policies.


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 and provide feedback.
  • 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, motivate and inspire excellence.
  • 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.
  • FACTS/BASIS Qualified (D)
  • Project management accreditation/qualification (D).
  • Leadership or Management accreditation/qualification (D)
  • Membership of an appropriate professional body (D).

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


Research Studentship - Plastic Pollution Connectivity between Land and River

The media spotlight on plastic pollution in recent years has translated into an urgent call for action by the public, policy makers and industry. While the ubiquity of microplastic pollution within marine ecosystems is widely recognised (Law and Thompson, 2014), less attention has focussed on plastic materials transported from rural catchment sources to rivers (Windsor et al., 2019).

This project aims to deliver novel information on the types, abundance and transport pathways of plastic pollution from rural catchments to rivers. 

Working alongside current NERC, BBSRC and EU research programmes, training will be given in advanced catchment survey and sampling, soil and sediment sampling protocols and the above state-of-the-art analytical and diagnostic methodologies. The successful applicant will gain experience working within an ISO9001 certified framework.

CASE partner, Westcountry Rivers Trust, will provide multidisciplinary training in applied data and evidence application and policy development.

You will have a degree in environmental sciences, geography or related discipline with experience in river basin processes, environmental diagnostic tools (field- and laboratory-based), and /or Geographical Information Systems (GIS) applications.

Read full details and how to apply at