Assistant Project Officer
The South East Rivers Trust (SERT) is an environmental charity dedicated to achieving healthy river ecosystems for all across the South East of England. The Trust’s mission is to deliver outstanding river ecosystem enhancement through science-based action, collaboration, education and engagement. SERT is a member of the national Rivers Trust and is part of the rivers trust movement, which is described as having ‘wet feet’ because it concentrates its efforts on practical improvement works on the ground. The Trust’s core values are central to all it strives to achieve, including bringing positive energy, expertise and specialist knowledge to develop good relationships and deliver to a high standard to make a real difference to rivers and their catchment areas.
Working within the Trust’s Delivery Team, you will assist with developing and delivering river restoration and habitat enhancement projects, working on projects throughout all stages including conception, development, design, delivery and monitoring. You will work closely to support the Catchment Team with identifying projects that address priority issues for catchments and facilitate project development and design in collaboration with landowners, stakeholders and other key parties.
River enhancement projects will typically include weir removals, fish passage easements (such as rock ramps, nature-like bypasses or technical fish passes) and river re-naturalisation projects (such as habitat enhancements, reconnecting floodplains & palaeochannels, re-meandering, and backwater creation). Catchment management projects are likely to include wetland creation, Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) and Natural Flood Management (NFM) measures.
We would be interested to know about any experience you have in the above fields when you apply. This is an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic individual who is keen to gain more experience in river and catchment enhancement work in order to make a real difference to the aquatic environment. You will be joining our growing team and contribute to our portfolio of ambitious and bold projects based on sound science and best practice. This will be a valuable opportunity to shadow experienced staff in order to build your knowledge and experience of river processes, restoration techniques and ecology.
Key Duties and Responsibilities
1. Developing and Designing Restoration and Enhancement Projects
- Contribute with the development of a programme of restoration and enhancement projects.
- Input into the design and development of projects, using sound science and best practice.
- Develop and maintain positive and professional relationships with partners and stakeholders.
- Collaborate with other staff in the design of monitoring programs to demonstrate project outcomes.
- Contribute to funding and project management processes as required.
2. Delivering Restoration and Enhancement Projects
- Contribute to the delivery of projects on the ground, working with other SERT staff, contractors, volunteers and partners.
- Assist the Project Managers with maintaining and enhancing SERT’s Health & Safety procedures.
- Assist with engaging, appointing and managing external consultants and contractors when required.
- Where appropriate, support external partner organisations to deliver their own enhancement projects as part of wider restoration plans.
3. Contribute to the work of the South East Rivers Trust and its trading subsidiary
- Contribute to the Trust’s external communications (e.g. through websites, social media and presentations), profile and good reputation.
- Other duties as may be appropriate to the position.
- Degree in a relevant area and/or 1 – 2 years "hands on" experience in some aspects of river restoration projects and /or conservation work.
- A good understanding of the issues and challenges facing rivers in the South East.
- A good understanding of rivers, their processes and ecology.
- Competent and comfortable to work in and around rivers.
- A suitable level of fitness and agility to deliver projects in the riverine environment. X Competent IT skills, particularly MS Office and Google.
- Full driving licence.
- Ability to work occasional evenings and weekend if required.
Please email the following to :
- a CV (two pages max.),
- a completed Application Form for the relevant job role that you are applying for,
- the river restoration/catchment management specialism you would bring to the Trust,
- when you would be able to start if offered the position.
The deadline for applications is 30th August, with interviews taking place on 10th & 11th September. Please get in touch if you are unable to make these dates.