Head of Habitat Restoration

Severn Rivers Trust

Martley, Worcestershire or Welshpool, Powys
£32,000 pa

Paid • Full Time • Permanent

www.severnriverstrust.com mike@severnriverstrust.com 07970451601 Mike Morris

Sectors: conservation & wildlife, ecology

Closing date: Monday, 1st July 2019   6 days left

Head of Habitat Restoration

Martley, Worcestershire or Welshpool, Powys

Post holder reports to: Chief Executive Officer

Reporting to post holder: Fisheries Officer, Catchment Officer, PhD student

Overall purpose of the job:
To lead the work of Severn Rivers Trust to achieve our aim of “Healthy rivers for fish and other wildlife” through riparian habitat improvements, increased connectivity of our rivers and protecting native species and habitats. You will lead the way in using best practice evidence-based methods, and supporting cutting edge research to inform and develop our approach.

Salary £32,000 per annum (plus pension at 7% rising to 9% in two years)

Position type Full Time

Working hours 37.5 hours per week

Introduction to the Trust

The Severn Rivers Trust is a proactive and adaptable organisation. Our motto is “We get our feet wet”. The Trust is the only organisation that undertakes works across the entire River Severn Catchment in both England and Wales. We are therefore in prime position to be a lead player in the future management and restoration of activities on the river.

Since the Trust’s inception in 2008, we have grown considerably, taking on more staff and undertaking bigger and more ambitious projects. This puts us in an influential position within the region, nationally, and more recently, internationally. We are an organisation that achieves and makes a real difference for the environment and communities.

Our vision: The water and wildlife of the River Severn and its tributaries are thriving and people will value and care for their river.

The Trust will achieve our Vision by working with communities at a river catchment level, to ensure suitable and sustainable land and water management is undertaken alongside the restoration and protection of habitats and wildlife. This Mission is led by our Guiding Principle of working at a River Catchment Scale.

In the first ten years of the Trust we have been very successful in undertaking works across the catchment from fish passage improvements and land management advice; to working with schools groups and citizen science.

The Trust’s new five year Strategy has resulted in the creation of four Strategic Aims to achieve the Mission over the next five years. These aims are:

Clean and adequate quantity of water

We work cooperatively with land managers/owners to improve water quality and manage water more efficiently to the benefit of people and nature

Healthy rivers for fish and other Wildlife

We work to protect and enhance the diversity of native species within resilient habitats, in particular healthy, recovering wild fish populations

People value rivers and take action

We undertake interactive, fun and informative activities that encourage appreciation, engagement and involvement with their local river

A Sustainable Trust

We are a robust, well-governed organisation with a secure financial and legal future and with suitable resources to achieve the mission of this Strategy

The Head of Habitat Restoration is an important new post that will join our small management team. They will line manage officers and contractors undertaking work on the ground, offer technical expertise and guidance to the wider trust, and steer our future direction for habitat restoration activities and priorities.

Main duties of the post

The Head of Habitat Restoration will be responsible for developing new opportunities, securing funding and managing a multi-project team to deliver the objectives of the Severn Rivers Trust’s Strategy (2019-2024). They will support current projects and staff ensuring high quality work in current areas; develop new projects and funding sources; and develop wider support for an ambitious programme of habitat restoration using a catchment based approach, to benefit our native fish and other wildlife.

  • Responsible for delivering all aspects of habitat restoration identified within the Trust’s 5-Year Strategy 2019-2024
  • Manage a team of conservation professionals, volunteers and contractors across a variety of projects, inspiring team performance and managing individual development
  • Lead on new project development and funding opportunities for all habitat and species restoration projects and monitoring on behalf of the Severn Rivers Trust across the River Severn and its tributaries
  • Work closely with the Head of Land Management and Head of Community Engagement to integrate our work across teams and specialisms, ensuring the best outcomes for the river, wildlife and people
  • Lead the Trust’s Catchment Based Approach partnerships in the north of the Severn Basin
  • Ensure effective communication, feedback and collaborative working practices between all key stakeholders especially project partners and work closely with the statutory agencies, land owners and managers, universities, angling clubs, recreational users and environmental NGOs
  • Ensure that standards of excellence are met in the delivery of conservation and habitat/species restoration and protection projects. Meet the needs of a diverse audience and to ensure the Trust’s policies, procedures and practices are in line with legal requirements and best practice
  • Support the Chief Executive Officer and Head of Finance to satisfy funding compliance and reporting to all relevant funders and partners.

Other Duties

  • Give talks and attend workshops, conferences, demonstrations and events designed to promote the Trust’s Habitat Restoration objectives
  • Key part of the Trust’s Management Team helping to direct the Trust towards meeting our objectives
  • Take a central role on the Trust’s Project Development Committee
  • Liaise with neighbours and other stakeholders
  • Produce engaging and informative communications promoting the work of the Trust (e.g. press releases, technical articles, media interviews etc.)

In addition to the above you are required to carry out such other duties and/or tasks as are required from time to time for the efficient operation of the Trust. You are to carry out such additional duties upon reasonable request from your line manager or anyone authorised to act on their behalf. You will ensure that all your activities are managed efficiently and are based on sound scientific knowledge and best working practice, associated with the overall ethos of the Catchment Based Approach.

This role will be at the forefront of conservation efforts for the Trust beyond 2019. As such the post holder will need to be enthusiastic, professional and a self-starter to approach a range of funders to develop and secure a programme.

In addition to the duties and responsibilities listed, the post holder shall lead by example, ensure your team take responsibility for the safety of colleagues, volunteers, themselves and others. You shall comply with Severn Rivers Trust’s Health & Safety and Safeguarding policies and defined standards.

Person Specification


  • Passion for nature conservation, with a good knowledge of UK river species and habitats.
  • Educated to degree level or equivalent in a relevant subject plus minimum five years professional experience.
  • Understanding of habitat improvement approaches and conservation methods for best practice river restoration.
  • Experience managing multiple projects, ideally with an environmental focus.
  • Experience managing teams and helping them reach individual and shared goals.
  • Able to oversee contractor procurement and management.
  • Excellent communication skills, verbally, visually and in writing, appropriate to location, audience and circumstance.
  • Experience using office software including email, MS Word, PowerPoint and Excel.
  • Budget management experience to deliver value for money and prioritise where resource should be invested for the best outcomes.
  • Friendly and approachable, with the ability to inspire colleagues, partners and stakeholders.
  • Confident to meet the challenges and opportunities of working in a small organisation with limited resources. Able to find innovative solutions to issues.
  • Effective collaborator able to be a proactive and supportive member of the Management Team.
  • Self-motivated and decisive with an ability to prioritise demanding workloads and follow your own initiative.
  • Flexible approach to working arrangements (e.g. travelling to different locations, or working evenings or weekends if required)
  • Additional qualifications relevant to the role (e.g. project management, leadership, finance, engineering, GIS, habitat surveys, CDM regulations etc.).
  • Experience working at a strategic management level to drive forward organisational goals and improve ways of working.
  • Experience identifying opportunities for habitat restoration work and developing ambitious conservation projects.
  • Successful fundraising experience.
  • Working knowledge of fish passage improvements.
  • Experience undertaking practical conservation activities in riparian habitats.
  • Experience supporting volunteers to engage in their local environment.
  • GIS and mapping skills.
  • Membership of a relevant organisation.


General Notes

This post is based either at the Severn Rivers Trust Head Office in Martley or the Trust’s office in Welshpool, depending on preference. Extensive travel around the Severn Catchment will be necessary therefore a current driving licence and access to a vehicle is essential.

This position will from time to time require work during some evenings, weekends and public holidays to meet the needs of the post. A time-off in lieu system is operated by the Trust.

We expect you to carry out your job responsibilities in an environmentally aware manner, ensuring as little damage to the environment as possible. Our aim is to ensure all resources are utilised effectively and efficiently. You will be expected to apply ‘sound value for money’ principles and follow green procurement guidelines in undertaking purchasing or supply of goods and services.

In the Severn Rivers Trust, volunteers are a major resource and make a vital contribution to the Trust’s aims to take action for the conservation and protection of the River Severn and its environment. You will be expected to encourage, develop and support volunteer involvement in our work.

Application Process

Please send any queries for this post to mike@severnriverstrust.com including the job title in the subject.

To apply for this role please forward a cover note (maximum two pages) and a full CV to admin@severnriverstrust.com

Deadline for applications – Monday 1st July 2019

Interviews for this post will take place at the Severn Rivers Trust Office in Martley, Worcestershire on Tuesday 9th July 2019

Please note, due to limited resources you will only be contacted should you be successful in gaining an interview. We would like to thank you for your interest in this position.

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