GIS and Projects Trainee

Ribble Rivers Trust

Clitheroe, Lancashire
£16,000 - £18,000 dependent on experience

Paid • Full Time • Fixed Term Contract 01200 444452

Sectors: water & hydrology, conservation & wildlife, ecology

Closing date: Friday, 18th September 2020   Closes today

Ribble Rivers Trust (RRT) is a local charity set up to conserve the Ribble Catchment, particularly its rivers and streams. The Trust works at catchment and project scales and is delivering a range of activities to improve the condition, management, and awareness of the Ribble Catchment. The Trust, working with the Forest of Bowland AONB and the Pendle Hill Landscape Partnership, has a number of projects and activities to gather together the two sides of the hill and re-connect people with their landscape and their past; to safeguard the area's wildlife and heritage, to improve people's access to this popular countryside area, and to improve the rivers of the catchment, seeking to restore and improve ecosystem functions that will provide ecological and socio-economic benefits.

This is being achieved by providing opportunities for training and volunteering; by supporting research and devising digital interpretation to inspire a new generation about our heritage, by restoring important wildlife and landscape features, and by working with communities to re-tell the stories of radical Pendle people. This programme will increase pride in this special place and raise aspirations amongst communities, and it will bring in new investment to support the environment and the economy. Ribble Rivers Trust is particularly involved in the Pendle Woodlands and Invasive Non-Native Species (Pendle WINNS) part of the partnership, creating, connecting and improving woodlands across the project area, and tackling invasive species such as Himalayan Balsam and Giant Hogweed.

Ribble Rivers Trust is a principally data and evidence led organisation, using partners’, our own, and citizen science data to focus and prioritise our work. As such, the Trust is looking to recruit a competent, dynamic, and enthusiastic person with a passion for landscape-scale conservation, particularly of rivers, and using data and evidence to aid conservation efforts. Principally this person should have experience in using GIS to analyse environmental data and to create map-based evidence sets that are understandable to all, and should be keen to learn how using such evidence can help to prioritise where conservation work is carried out. This person should also have some knowledge and experience in practical conservation and preferably working with volunteers and the public. They should be keen to further develop these skills though on-the-job training.

The role will work principally with the GIS Data and Evidence Officer but also the wider Trust team to gain experience in the range of activities carried out by RRT, and to learn how these activities integrate to achieve holistic catchment management. This will specifically include the Woodland Creation Officer, and the Volunteer Supervisor.

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Please note that the closing date for applications for this position is the 18th September 2020 and interviews commence the 28th of September.

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