Severn Catchment Coordinator

Severn Rivers Trust

Martley, Worcestershire
£26,240 - £34,987 pa

Paid • Full Time • Fixed Term Contract [email protected] 07970451601 Mr Mike Morris

Reference: PO0259

Sectors: conservation & wildlife, water & hydrology

Closing date: Sunday, 20th June 2021   7 days left

The Severn Rivers Trust and our Catchment Based Approach partners are looking for a dynamic communicator able to inspire and engage a wide range of stakeholders towards a common goal. You will be the link between communities and political decision makers that will influence the management of the UK’s longest river to protect wildlife, reduce flooding risk to thousands of people and ensure a sustainable, holistic catchment approach.

Your skills and knowledge will help to coordinate six local Catchment Based Approach Partnerships across the River Severn and River Avon to ensure a voice for local communities, individuals and organisations engaged in catchment restoration to a regional scale by influencing initiatives such as the River Severn Partnership.

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. The Severn Rivers Trust and our partners in the Catchment Based Approach Partnerships 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.

What is the Catchment Based Approach?

The Catchment Based Approach (CaBA) is an inclusive, civil society-led initiative that works in partnership with Government, Local Authorities, Water Companies, businesses and NGOs and more, to maximise the natural value of our environment.

From the source of our rivers to the sea, across our towns, cities, countryside and coasts – a healthy water environment is essential to all of us. It provides us with the water we need to live and to run our businesses efficiently. It reduces the risk to our homes and livelihoods of flooding. A healthy water environment means better places to live, where people and wildlife flourish. In the past, management of the water environment has fallen to Government, to private companies and to landowners, often operating in isolation.

CaBA embeds collaborative working at a river catchment scale, delivering a range of environmental, social and economic benefits and protecting our precious water environments for the benefit of us all.

Main duties of the post

The postholder shall be a vital link between communities and political decision makers across the River Severn. To achieve this the postholder shall undertake two main duties:

  • To be a coordinator and influential spokesperson for the regional Severn Catchment Partnership and provide support to the six local Catchment Based Approach (CaBA) partnerships.
  • Provide a voice and a link between the local CaBA Partnerships and initiatives such as the River Severn Partnership to ensure that local views are heard.

The postholder shall be employed by the Severn Rivers Trust and shall work on behalf of six CaBA Partnerships (coming together as the Severn CaBA Partnership) covering the main River Severn and its key tributaries:

  • Severn Uplands
  • Shropshire Middle Severn
  • Teme
  • Worcestershire Middle Severn
  • Warwickshire Avon
  • Severn Vale

The Severn Rivers Trust works in partnership with our CaBA co-hosts, Shropshire Wildlife Trust, Worcestershire Wildlife Trust, Warwickshire Wildlife Trust and Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust and the postholder shall be working on behalf of all co-hosts. The postholder shall therefore provide a secretariat role to more than 100 partners across the six CaBA partnerships whilst bringing their views together into the regional River Severn Partnership.

Key responsibilities

  • Facilitate collaborative and effective coordination of the six CaBA Partnerships across the Severn by providing a secretariat function at a river basin scale.
  • Co-ordinate a regional Severn CaBA Partnership Steering Group bringing together key players and decision makers from CaBA stakeholders across the Severn Basin.
  • Become a member of the River Severn Partnership (RSP) Programme Board on behalf of the six CaBA Partnerships providing a voice for the Severn CaBA Partnership on that Board and to feedback and provide relevant information on direction and projects to ensure the engagement of the six CaBA Partnerships into the RSP.
  • Lead on the development of a regional Strategic Vision and Strategic Plan for the Severn CaBA Partnership along agreed themes. Critically this shall ensure that the localism of each of the six CaBA Partnerships is retained through individual Operational Management Plans to enable effective delivery of river catchment restoration whilst inspiring local people.
  • To work alongside co-hosts to review Catchment Operational Plans to ensure a common thread throughout all six Catchments to promote coordination and increase engagement with current and new partnership members.
  • Review the current delivery structure of CaBA Monitoring across the Severn, and assist the partnerships to develop catchment Operational Plans, including securing funding for partnership projects.
  • Ensure clear communications between the CaBA Partnerships at a regional level and feed this work into the National CaBA programme.

Further information

Salary: £26,240 – £34,987 per annum (9% pension contribution)

Position type: Full time (12 months fixed term with the possibility of extension depending upon funding)

Working hours & annual leave: 37.5 hours per week. 28 days annual leave (rising to 30 days
after two years). Overtime is not paid but time off in lieu may be taken where appropriate.

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