Salmon in the Stour Senior Project Officer

The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country

£24,453 full-time equivalent (actual £12,226) pa

Paid • Part Time • Fixed Term Contract

Sectors: water & hydrology, conservation & wildlife, ecology

Closing date: Monday, 5th March 2018  

Salary: £24,453.50 full-time equivalent (actual £12,226.75) per annum
Hours of Work: Part-time: 2.5 days (18.75 hours) per week
Closing date: 10am on Monday 5th March 2018
Location: Birmingham, with regular travel throughout the River Stour catchment area
Duration: 12 months fixed-term
Purpose: To deliver the Salmon in the Stour Project Activity Plan and support the Project Partners to further develop the project over a 12 month period.

The Salmon in the Stour Partnership is looking for a Senior Project Officer to lead our work to restore the River Stour catchment. We’re looking for someone with experience of managing projects who is enthusiastic and knowledgeable about river ecology and restoration. The successful candidate will need to demonstrate excellent technical and inter-personal skills. You will be well-organised and have the confidence to work independently and on your own initiative.

Based at The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country’s office in Birmingham, the post includes regular travel throughout the River Stour Catchment area, and you will from time-to-time be required to work from the offices of Worcestershire Wildlife Trust and the Environment Agency.

Salmon in the Stour is a partnership between The wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country, Worcestershire Wildlife Trust, Severn Rivers Trust and the Environment Agency. Working together we want to improve the whole of the River Stour and all of its tributaries for wildlife and people. Not only do we want to see salmon breeding in the catchment headwaters again, we want these vital wildlife corridors to reach their full potential for a wide range of species and to be valued and utilised by as many people as possible.

Despite its undoubted value, the Stour catchment is a long way from supporting all the wildlife that a river in good ecological condition can. The project is therefore necessarily ambitious and long-term, but we believe that by working with communities, businesses, developers and others that even in the short-term we can make a positive impact. This will be achieved by removing barriers to fish movement (such as old weirs), providing new habitat for threatened species, re-naturalising artificial banks, tackling the spread of invasive species, identifying and addressing sources of pollution, improving access for people and celebrating the watercourses’ history and heritage.

Applicants must have a minimum of 3 years relevant experience demonstrating technical and practical competencies and budget management. You will be able to demonstrate a positive attitude to partnership working, and in working effectively to deadlines. It is desirable that you have a degree or equivalent qualification. A full driving licence and use of your own vehicle for the role is essential.

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