Project Officer (River & Catchment Restoration)

South East Rivers Trust

Hybrid working with travel across the SERT area
£26,000 - £30,000 pa

Paid • Full Time • Fixed Term Contract [email protected] 08450920110

Sectors: water & hydrology, conservation & wildlife, environmental management

Closing date: Sunday, 6th February 2022  


The South East Rivers Trust (SERT) is an environmental charity dedicated to achieving healthy
river ecosystems for all across the South East of England. The Trust’s mission is to deliver
outstanding river ecosystem enhancement through science-based action, collaboration, education
and engagement.

SERT is a member of the Rivers Trust movement which comprises over 60 local trusts. 0% of rivers in England and Wales are in good overall health – the Rivers Trust aims to change this by using our expertise, data, reach, and knowledge to make our shared vision a reality – healthy rivers valued by all. Do you share this vision too?

At SERT, our work includes practical environmental enhancement work, as well as education, engagement and working with different partners to achieve. Our core values are central to all we strive to achieve - bringing positive energy, expertise and specialist knowledge to develop good relationships and to deliver to a high standard to make a real difference to rivers and their catchment areas.

Initially offered as a two-year fixed term contract, it is expected that the position will be extended, subject to satisfactory performance and continued funding. This is an exciting opportunity to join and support a growing and dynamic team making a real difference for the environment.

Working in the Enhancing Rivers & Catchments Team, you will develop and deliver a portfolio of physical enhancement projects on the ground. The Project Officer role is an exciting opportunity for an experienced and knowledgeable individual to build on their existing skills to oversee as well as contribute to all stages of river and catchment enhancement projects, from conception to development, design and physical implementation.

Using your freshwater expertise and proven ability, you will proactively lead on medium and smaller scale projects while working closely with other staff, external partners and stakeholders. You will also work with the rest of the team, drawing on the experience of more seasoned staff on larger projects to help your personal career progression and likewise overseeing Assistant Project Officer and imparting your knowledge onto them. Most importantly of all, you will support the whole team, your line manager and the wider organisation as much as you can.


Developing and Designing Restoration and Enhancement Projects

  • Facilitate the development and design of a programme of projects, using sound science and best practice.
  • Lead on both internal and external input of specialist/technical advice as required for project design (e.g. flood modelling, fish passage options and technical design).
  • Secure all necessary permissions as required, such as environmental consents (e.g. FRAPs), Planning Permission, landowner agreements etc.
  • Develop and maintain positive and professional relationships with partners and stakeholders, working with them to develop projects.
  • Contribute to funding and project management processes as required.
  • Collaborate with other staff in the design and implementation of monitoring programmes to evidence project outcomes.

Delivering Restoration and Enhancement Projects

  • Lead and support on the delivery of a range of enhancement projects, managing colleagues, contractors, volunteers and partners to deliver, as appropriate.
  • Be responsible for engaging and managing contractors where appropriate.
  • Be responsible for Health and Safety compliance, promoting a collaborative approach to ensure successful project outcomes.
  • Where appropriate, support external partner organisations to deliver their own enhancement projects as part of wider restoration plans.

Contribute to the work of the South East Rivers Trust and its trading subsidiary

  • Contribute to the Trust’s external communications (e.g. through websites, social media and presentations), profile and good reputation.
  • Support the fundraising and growth processes of the Trust and the rivers trust movement.
  • Mentor Assistant Project Officers where applicable.
  • Other duties as may be appropriate to the position.

We are currently recruiting for a Project Officer and Senior Project Officer. Please assess which role you are best suited to and fill out the relevant Application Form. Those that have previously applied need not apply again.


Salary: £26,000 – £30,000 (dependent on experience).

Contract period: Full time (40 hours per week). One year fixed term contract, with expectation to extend. The appointment will be subject to a six-month probation period.

Pension: SERT operates a contributory pension scheme through the Rivers Trust and will pay 9% of salary subject to a 6% employee contribution.

Homeworking and vehicle: The Trust’s office has closed due to Covid and will not re-open. Consequently, a new office will be relocated within a central part of the SERT area. It is expected that the position a mix of home and office based, with travel across the SERT area, and so you will need to be able to provide a suitable home working environment. We will provide a laptop and mobile phone.

We would prefer the post-holder to be based in the SERT area, but this is not an absolute requirement. A full driving license and access to your own vehicle is required.

Annual Leave: Annual leave entitlement is 25 days plus public holidays.


At SERT we believe in equality of opportunity and positively encourage applications from
suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of age, sex, race, disability, sexual
orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital/civil partnership status, or
pregnancy and maternity. We are committed to better reflecting society and the communities who
use, need and enjoy our rivers within our workforce. We welcome requests for flexible working.
All applications will be judged solely on merit.

Please email the following to [email protected]:

  • a CV (two pages max.),
  • a completed Application Form for the relevant job role that you are applying for. Please download the application form from our website,
  • a completed Equality and Diversity Monitoring Form. Please download the form from our website,
  • your salary expectation,
  • where you heard about this position, and
  • when you would be able to start if offered the position.

The deadline for applications is 11pm on Sunday 6th February, with interviews taking place on 17th & 18th February. Please get in touch if you are unable to make these dates.

If you would like to discuss the position please email [email protected], with your enquiry and we will arrange to call you back.



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