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: Interviews may be conducted via video call or equivalent.

Our latest vacancies will be shown below
Operations Arb Team Leader - apply by August 8

Salary range £22,500 -£27.000 per annum dependent on experience.

Full time hours of 37.5 hours per week.

Our environmental charity 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 positive change 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 us – we are a dynamic and aspirational organisation at the forefront of environmental thinking and practical conservation in the UK today. 

This role will support the Operations Team and other departments 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 the delivery of an 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 our sites.

Reporting to the Operations Manager 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 and land management.

A background and experience of working in arboriculture is essential for this role.

Closing Date: midnight August 8 2021

Interviews will be held on Friday August 13 2021.

Please apply on BreatheHR attaching both your Covering Letter and CV:

Job Description:

The Operations Team Leader will report to the Operations Manager.


  • 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 & 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.


  • 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)


  • 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.


  • You may be required to work away from home from time to time and sometimes work your hours out of normal 9am – 5pm office hours.