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 30 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 spend time and effort investing in our staff. 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.

Westcountry citizen science leader showing kids invertebrates at riverbank

Active vacancies are advertised below, as well as in online job platforms and the local or national press as appropriate.

Please note: Interviews may be conducted in-person at our office or online as appropriate.

Latest Vacancies:
Data, Evidence and Engagement Officer - Apply by 29 April

This is a permanent, 37.5 hour per week contract after a successful six-month probation period.

The starting salary for this role is between £23,300 and £25,500 per annum (dependent on experience).

There will be the opportunity to work from home in this role and to work flexible hours. Travel to the Westcountry Rivers Trust offices and across the Westcountry for teamworking, meetings and events will be required in this role.

Benefits while working for Westcountry Rivers Trust:
• 25 days Annual Leave per annum, with a reward for long service – an additional 1 day per year for each year worked over 5 years, up to a maximum of 30 days for employees serving 10 years.
• An additional three days Annual Leave for the Christmas Closure period.
• 9% Employer Pension, plus Life Assurance cover

Apply by midnight on Monday 29 April 2024 by CV and Covering Letter to:

Interviews will be held in person at our offices in Stoke Climsland on Thursday 9 May 2024.

For enquiries about this role or the application process, please contact [email protected]

The Role

The Evidence & Engagement Team is instrumental in collating, analysing and presenting visually engaging data to ensure that the Trust is delivering the right measures, in the right places, and in monitoring and reporting the impacts of our work.

A key element of this role will be to provide GIS, data, evidence and engagement support to the Trust’s on-going work in using evidence led, catchment based/whole ecosystem approaches across the river catchments of the South West and beyond.

We are looking for an experienced and technically competent candidate who is passionate and knowledgeable about the environment and has a keen interest in GIS and spatial data analysis and presentation.

Candidates should also be interested in keeping up to date with new approaches to data analysis and how data can be utilised and visualised to produce creative and engaging project outputs which support the delivery of positive environmental outcomes.

Training will be provided on the job in relation to the variety of projects the post-holder will support. The successful candidate will be required to proactively engage with stakeholders across multiple sectors (e.g., water, energy, transport, waste, health).

Key responsibilities include:
• Data collection, analysis and interpretation of results, desk-based studies and project reports and recommendations.
• Data inputting, analysis, presentation and visualisation using a variety of software and online tools such as Excel, ArcGIS Pro, ArcGIS Online or QGIS.
• Proactive and positive engagement with multiple internal and external stakeholders and project partners.
• Assistance in delivery and facilitation of engagement activities including workshops, presentations and other in-person events.
• Support Westcountry Citizen Science Investigations (CSI), our rapidly growing citizen science programme, including analysing CSI data and working with community groups wishing to undertake their own data analysis.
• Delivery of other types of project work, as and when required by project or team managers.
• Other administrative tasks required by the Trust including meeting H&S requirements, time sheeting & expenses, attendance of training, CPD & team away days, attendance at project inception meetings etc.

Essential Criteria:
• A good knowledge of, or background in the environmental or conservation sectors and a passion for protecting and restoring the natural environment.
• An undergraduate degree or comparable qualification or experience in a relevant technical discipline.
• Demonstrable experience in the use of GIS software, either ArcGIS Pro or QGIS in a professional environment.
• Confident, motivated professional with demonstrable experience of producing GIS or data visualisation outputs for a range of audiences. Excellent data analysis skills, including experience of data management principles.
• Excellent written & verbal communication skills for a wide range of audiences.
• Experience in data collation, presentation and report writing.
• Ability to coordinate multiple sources of information to inform the development of evidence,, plans and reports for project delivery.
• Ability to organise and prioritise/manage workload and time independently and effectively.
• Good IT skills including Microsoft Office 365 and excellent interpersonal skills both face-to-face and in online meetings.
• Knowledge of the requirements for data protection and confidentiality.
• Ability to work flexibly, including occasional evenings and weekends.
• The role requires travel across the Westcountry for meetings, events, workshops and occasionally to remote fieldwork sites.

Desirable Criteria:
• A post-graduate degree in a relevant discipline.
• A knowledge of GIS catchment tools, catchment management and nature-based solutions, as well as environmental models.
• Experience of using R for data analysis and presentation.
• Experience of using VBA to automate processes.
• Ability to produce high quality, visually engaging science communications materials, such as infographics, ArcGIS Online apps and StoryMaps.
• Experience of working with communities and citizen scientists.
• Knowledge of relevant environmental legislation and statutory plans.