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 more than 25 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 recruit the best and spend time and effort investing in our staff, which results in a low staff turnover. 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.

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.

Latest Vacancies:
Operations Team Programme Supervisor — apply by 19 April 2022

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.

 

Responsibilities:
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.

River Operations Arboricultural Apprentice — apply by 1 May 2022

This is a approx 24 month apprenticeship and is full-time position (37.5 hours per week).

Hours: Normal office hours are 09:00-17:00 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: Our office is in Stoke Climsland, Cornwall, although we currently operate a hybrid working system including from site, office and home. This role requires regular work at various sites throughout the South West with the Operational Team and there will still be a requirement to visit the office and/or yard to collect and drop off equipment etc.

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 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: https://hr.breathehr.com/v/river-operations-arboricultural-22659

Submission by: Midnight on the 1st May 2022

Interviews will take place on 11th May 2022, with a short trial shift planned for candidates successful in making it to the second stage on interview to take place on 16th May 2022.

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 River Cathment and other Freshwater Environments whilst working for WRT, and throughout your time at the Trust will support on a range projects which include outputs such as habitat management, protection, creation and restoration, flood management schemes, 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 portfolioof arboricultural and forestry-based qualifications. You will work towards completing a Lantra Awards Apprenticeship Standard in Arboriculture.
  • 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.
  • 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:

Essential

  • 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.
  • The apprenticeship standard will require you to be trained to carry out Aerial Tree work to pass the course, 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.

Desirable

  • 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 Land Advisor — apply by 6 May 2022

This is a full-time position (37.5 hours per week).

Grade 4 – Starting salary is between £27,280.00 to £31,800.00 dependent on experience.

We work with grants, water company funded initiatives, government funding and through commercial activities to deliver change both in our rivers and on the land that they drain. We are looking for an experienced Senior Land Advisor to join our team delivering the Upstream Thinking Project as the lead contact in the River Tamar catchment. 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.

Following the success of Upstream Thinking 1 and 2, Westcountry Rivers Trust continue to work with South West Water to deliver the third phase of the Upstream Thinking (UST) initiative, running from 2020 to 2025.

To apply: Please apply by following the link: https://hr.breathehr.com/v/senior-land-advisor-22740

Submission by 5pm on Friday 6th May 2022

Interviews to take place on the 12th and 13th May 2022

Job Description:

The Senior Land Advisor will be part of a team working on multiple catchments in the South West, and will report to the Upstream Thinking Team Manager. Your role will be to apply your practical and professional knowledge and experience to the Agricultural and Environmental sectors which will combine farmer and landowner engagement, the ability to identify and develop opportunities in catchment management and meet the project remit and delivery targets.

The Upstream Thinking project seeks to improve water quality abstracted from key rivers which enter the drinking water supply and reduce the levels of treatment required, through proactively tackling water quality at source. The project offers advice and grant funding to land owners to implement positive change while seeking to optimise the wider benefits such as efficient nutrient management, boosting biodiversity through enhancing habitats and species, building greater resilience from the effects of climate change, mitigating flood risk or increasing carbon sequestration.

Responsibilities:

  • To take ownership as the lead senior advisor in the catchment of project deliverables, targets and deadlines.
  • Proactively develop leads and contacts and build on WRT existing coverage across the Tamar catchment to engage directly with farmers, landowners and growers to raise awareness of the project and build opportunities for targeted project delivery
  • Develop and deliver tailored farm advice, plans, reports or events as part of a programme of water and land management improvements, achieving project objectives and timescales.
  • Proactively build contacts across sectors to further identify opportunities which align with Project remit or achieve mutual objectives eg. Countryside Stewardship, England Woodland Creation Offer (EWCO), Catchment Sensitive Farming, Forest for Cornwall, Woodland planting or Community initiatives etc.
  • Mentor junior colleagues and knowledge share amongst Land Team.
  • Undertake surveys, monitoring (eg. water quality, soil or nutrient) or analysis as required, supporting evidence of actions for case studies, reports and project promotion.

Person specification:
Knowledge and Experience –

  • Appropriate Degree level qualification (or equivalent work experience) in an Agricultural or conservation/farming related discipline.
  • Knowledge of agriculture and local farming practices including Agri-Environment schemes and relevant policies and legislation, in particular soil and water conservation.
  • Confident and competent in delivery of tailored farm advice, interpretation and feedback of data eg. nutrient plans, soil data.
  • Experience of catchment-scale approaches and processes, familiar with concepts of Ecosystem Services, Natural Capital, Natural Flood Management, Nature based Solutions etc.
  • Experience in managing projects.
  • Experience in handling Countryside Stewardship or Woodland Grant applications (D)
  • FACTS/BASIS trained (D).

Skills and Competencies

  • A proactive approach and evidence of using own initiative with effective problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to communicate, engage and present at multiple levels and across different sectors.
  • Adaptable and organised in prioritising workload, managing conflicting demands and working effectively to deadlines with minimum supervision.
  • Ability to travel regularly and to remote sites.
  • A sound working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook.

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

 

River Operations Assistant — apply by 17 May 2022

This is a full-time position (37.5 hours per week).

Grade 1 – Salary is between £18,530.00 to £19,960.00 dependent on experience.

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 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 Operations Assistant using our link: https://hr.breathehr.com/v/river-operations-assistant-22748

Submission by: 5pm Tuesday 17th May 2022. Interviews will be held on Wednesday 8th June 2022.

This role will deliver effective administrative support to the River Operations team across a varied programme of work.

This role will support with a range of administration tasks and the successful applicant will be a motivated, enthusiastic, team player who will be reliable and show initiative. This role is mostly desk based however there may be the requirement to visit delivery sites on occasion.

For the right candidate opportunities will be created for them to train and support with site based activities if desired and appropriate.

Job Description:

  • Assist with and draft simple consents and other permitting paperwork.
  • Drafting basic reports.
  • Assist with collating site data, records and images for reference and reporting.
  • Administrating the ordering of equipment, materials, training and other requests.
  • Monitoring maintenance plans.
  • Supporting with processing and organisation of Health and Safety paperwork and other key documents.
  • Arrange meetings and other engagements, take and distribute minutes and support with other event or meeting arrangements.
  • Supporting with quality comms and engagement.
  • Assist the River Operations Team with ad hoc duties as required.

Skills and experience – Essential

  • Formal education to at least Level 2 (GCSE Maths and English to grade C, or equivalent).
  • Ability to use Microsoft Office suite and software.
  • The ability to work accurately with attention to detail when necessary.
  • The ability to work to manage your own workload and meet deadlines.
  • Strong written communication skills (able to compose letters and emails and deal effectively with telephone and video calls).
  • Effective oral communication and interpersonal skills displaying a professional attitude.
  • Able to take direction but also work effectively when unsupervised or as part of a team.
  • A desire to support and collaborate with the Trust and Team to deliver environmental change