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.
SERT is seeking a Project Officer who will help develop and deliver a programme of river restoration and habitat enhancement projects across the SERT area. This is an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic individual to join our growing expert team and contribute to our portfolio of ambitious and bold projects based on sound science and best practice. With support from senior staff, you will use your growing experience to lead 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.
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. 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 specialism you have in the above fields when you apply.
The role will suit a well organised, practical and skilled individual who is keen to build their experience and knowledge working developing and delivering river restoration projects.
Key Duties and Responsibilities
Developing and Designing Restoration and Enhancement Projects
- Facilitate the development and design of a programme of projects, using sound science and best practice.
- Lead on both internal and external input of specialist/technical advice as required for project design (e.g. flood modelling, fish passage options and technical design).
- Be responsible for securing all necessary permissions in a timely manner.
- Develop and maintain positive and professional relationships with partners and stakeholders, working with them to develop projects.
- Contribute to funding and project management processes as required.
- Collaborate with other staff in the design of monitoring programmes to evidence project outcomes.
Delivering Restoration and Enhancement Projects
- Lead on the delivery of enhancement projects on the ground, managing colleagues, contractors, volunteers and partners to deliver, as appropriate.
- Be responsible for engaging and managing contractors where appropriate.
- Develop and maintain good working relationships promoting a collaborative and safe working environment.
- Facilitate Health and Safety compliance for projects.
- Be responsible for good project management and reporting to funders as required.
- Where appropriate, support external partner organisations to deliver their own enhancement projects as part of wider restoration plans.
Contribute to the work of the South East Rivers Trust its trading subsidiary
- Contribute to the Trust’s external communications (e.g. through websites, social media and presentations), profile and good reputation.
- Support the fundraising and growth processes of the Trust and the rivers trust movement.
- Mentor Assistant Project Officers where applicable.
- Other duties as may be appropriate to the position.
- Educated to at least degree level in a relevant field or equivalent relevant work experience in the aquatic environment sector.
- At least two years’ experience designing, overseeing and/or delivering river and catchment enhancement or similar projects.
- A good understanding of the issues and challenges facing rivers in the South East.
- Competent, physically fit and comfortable to work in and around rivers.
- Excellent organisational skills; able to work under pressure to tight deadlines; able to delegate and oversee tasks to other team members.
- Proficient 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.