Head of River Restoration

Severn Rivers Trust

Martley, Worcestershire
£32,000 - £43,734 pa

Paid • Full Time • Permanent

www.severnriverstrust.com [email protected]

Sectors: conservation & wildlife, ecology, water & hydrology

Closing date: Friday, 22nd January 2021   4 days left


The Severn Rivers Trust is looking for a river specialist providing project management expertise and leadership in achieving our strategic objective that the Severn catchment has healthy rivers for fish and other wildlife. This shall be achieved through operational delivery of projects in 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 complete current capital projects and to inform and develop our approach in the future.

Are you the expert in river management that we need to complete our current projects and develop the next to open our rivers and restore their wildlife? Then we need you.

About Severn Rivers Trust

The River Severn is longest river in the United Kingdom, stretching 220 miles from its source in the Cambrian Mountains in Powys Wales, through the counties of Shropshire, Worcestershire and into Gloucestershire to the iconic Severn Estuary. The culture and economies of the historic settlements across the catchment have been intertwined with the river through commercial navigation, fishing, water supply and trade. Today, the Severn’s rivers continue to play an essential role in supporting wildlife, wellbeing and economies of the region.

We are living through a time of great change. We are in the middle of a Biodiversity Crisis, and a Climate Emergency. We are witnessing disastrous loss of habitat, collapse of ecosystems, erosion of precious soils, increased flooding and devastating drought. At Severn Rivers Trust we are fighting for a future where our children and grandchildren can enjoy healthy vibrant rivers teeming with diverse and wonderful life – from Atlantic salmon to white clawed crayfish, and from freshwater pearl mussels to European eel.

The Severn Rivers Trust’s vision for the Severn is:

A vibrant healthy Severn for everyone.

The Severn Rivers Trust is the only organisation that works across the entire River Severn Basin area in both England and Wales, some 11,500 square miles! We are a proactive and adaptable team of dedicated staff. Our motto is “We get our feet wet” – meaning we make things happen on the ground and constantly strive to make a real and positive difference for the river and its communities.

Main duties of the post

The Head of River Restoration will be responsible for project management of all in-river works, scientific monitoring and support the Catchment Based Approach to deliver the objectives of the Severn Rivers Trust’s Strategy. An important member of the Management Team, the role will ensure high quality in all projects; develop new projects and funding sources; and develop wider support for an ambitious programme of river restoration using a catchment based approach, to benefit our native fish and other wildlife.

You will manage a team of highly motivated river and species specialists and be the lead officer for the Trust for all river restoration projects across the Severn catchment.

Key responsibilities

  • Responsible for developing and delivering all aspects of river restoration identified within the Trust’s Strategy
  • 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 river restoration projects and monitoring 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
  • Be a leader and advocate of partnership working with external partners for the Trust, and to be a key member of the Trust’s Catchment Based Approach partnerships
  • Ensure effective communication, feedback and collaborative working practices between all key stakeholders especially project partners and work closely with the statutory agencies, landowners and managers, universities, angling clubs, recreational users and environmental NGOs
  • Ensure that standards of excellence are met in the delivery of river conservation and habitat/species restoration 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

Deadline for applications: 5pm Friday 22nd January 2021

Interviews for this post will take place the week commencing Monday 1st February 2021

To apply for this role please forward a completed application form to [email protected] including the job title in the subject. Please note that a CV or cover letter will not be accepted.

Due to the high levels of applications usually received by the Trust for job vacancies we will likely only contact candidates who are invited to interview for the position. We apologise for not being able to contact all applicants as we know how frustrating this can be.

Thank you for your interest in applying for a role with the Severn Rivers Trust.


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