Project Officer

Yorkshire Dales Rivers Trust

Home based, working across the Yorkshire Dales
£20,000 - £23,000 pa

Paid • Full Time • Permanent 07807 116 141 Rita Mercer

Sectors: conservation & wildlife, water & hydrology

Closing date: Friday, 14 July 2017

The Yorkshire Dales Rivers Trust

The Yorkshire Dales Rivers Trust is a registered charity covering the Swale, Ure, Nidd, Ouse and Wharfe catchment areas with a mission to:

  • Protect and conserve river environments and inspire others to contribute to this;
  • Provide opportunities for people to learn about and enjoy rivers;
  • Encourage partnership and collaborative working at a catchment scale.

The Trust undertakes a wide range of practical projects to improve the water quality and habitat of rivers and streams and to inspire other people to care about these environments. This includes working with farmers, landowners and communities to reduce water pollution, improve river habitat, address barriers to fish migration, and reduce the risk of damage from flooding. Volunteers have always been an essential component of the Trust, assisting with practical conservation work, monitoring and events.

The Yorkshire Dales Rivers Trust also hosts two catchment partnerships as part of the ‘Catchment based approach’ initiative, which act to facilitate working and coordinate activities across the catchment.

The Trust evolved from a group of committed volunteers and is now overseen by a board of 11 volunteer trustees. The Trust currently employs five members of staff who are home-based with occasional use of office space at Pateley Bridge. This will increase to seven, with the appointment of an Education and Engagement Officer and the Project Officer. The working culture of the Trust encourages a professional, committed and independent approach.

Project Officer

This is an exciting role for a candidate wishing to make a real difference to the water quality and habitat of rivers in the Yorkshire Dales and surrounding areas downstream. The successful candidate will work with farmers, contractors, partner organisations, volunteers and other Yorkshire Dales Rivers Trust staff to deliver land management and river restoration projects which aim to improve the ecological status of water courses, as defined by the Water Framework Directive.

The project officer will manage every aspect of the projects, from inception to delivery, ensuring they are delivered on time, to budget and with agreed quality standards. The project officer will also carry out some of the practical river restoration work with the help of volunteers. The successful candidate will seek funding opportunities, and be responsible for submitting funding bids for projects.

A key element of the Trust’s project delivery is partnership working. The project officer will agree priorities with project partners/ funders and liaise with farmers and landowners to explain the objectives of the project, gain permission to carry out works on private land and seek funding or practical contributions. The project officer will look for opportunities to maximise the benefits of the project and efficiencies through collaborative working. The project officer will also work closely with the Trust’s Education and Engagement Officer to design and run successful community and farmer events to increase awareness of river habitats, to promote good farming practice and to promote the project. The project officer will also promote the project through the Trust’s website, social media and newspaper articles.

A further responsibility of the project officer is to act as the Trust’s main GIS officer, using Arc GIS. Tasks will include keeping existing maps up-to-date and creating new maps to publish catchment information for partners and anyone interested in the characteristics, projects, initiatives and problems.

The successful candidate will be home based but will work across the Yorkshire Dales Rivers Trust’s area. The Trust is currently able to use office meeting space at Pateley Bridge so the officer will regularly meet colleagues and partners there and in any office space organised in the future. The candidate will be flexible, with occasional evening and weekend working. The officer will work well both alone and as part of a team of paid staff and volunteers.

To apply:

Please visit our website to download the full job specification and competency profile. If you wish to apply, please send a CV (no more than two sides of A4) and covering letter (no more than two sides of A4), outlining how you meet the requirements of the person specification and job description and email to the Director of Yorkshire Dales Rivers Trust, Charles Forman

Applications must be received no later than 17.00 on Friday 14th July 2017

Interviews will be held on Wednesday 2nd August at Nidderdale AONB offices, King Street, Pateley Bridge, HG3 5LE

If you would like more information on the role before submitting an application, you may contact Rita Mercer or 07807 116 141.

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