London Catchment Officer

The South East Rivers Trust

Leatherhead, Surrey, with hybrid working
£28,000 - £32,000 pa pro rata commensurate with experience

Paid • Full or Part Time • Fixed Term Contract

Sectors: water & hydrology, environmental education

Closing date: Sunday, 19th June 2022  

Organisation and role outline

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 national Rivers Trust, and is part of the rivers trust movement which is comprised of over 60 local trusts, which are described as having ‘wet feet’ because they concentrate their efforts on practical environmental enhancement works on the ground. The Trust’s core values are central to all we strive to achieve, including bringing positive energy, expertise and specialist knowledge to develop good relationships and to deliver to a high standard making a real difference to rivers and their catchment areas.

The Catchment Officer role is at the heart of being able to achieve our vision as it brings together groups of stakeholders and members of the community to take a catchment based approach in understanding their local river, identifying issues that are impacting rivers and catchments, and working together to find and implement solutions that will improve the health of the water environment.

The Trust is recruiting a new London Catchment Officer, to join our growing team of six officers, within a wider team of more than 25 staff, to become the face of the Trust’s work along its urban rivers as the London Catchment Officer. The role will be focussed on two south London urban rivers which the Trust has been working on for many years; the Hogsmill and Beverley Brook.

While it is expected that this position will continue to be funded by the role successfully securing funding contributions, the position is initially offered as a one-year contract, until this continued funding is confirmed. We will consider both full and part-time (0.8 FTE [full time equivalent]) applications. Going forwards, there is scope to specialise within aspects of the role and steer our catchment work towards specific priorities, for example: natural flood management, fish passage and habitat enhancement, education and engagement, or water quality enhancement. We would be interested to hear your skills and interests which align to these areas, or others, and how you would like to develop this role in the future.

Job summary

There are two primary components to the role:

  1. Coordinating and leading Catchment Partnerships; and
  2. Developing, funding and delivering small scale river and catchment enhancement or education and engagement projects, with community volunteers or contractors.

You will coordinate and lead the Catchment Partnerships, working closely with the Trust’s Senior Catchment Advisor and Head of Science & Partnerships, including creating and updating relevant catchment plans and visions and applying the Catchment Based Approach.

Working within the Trust’s Catchment Team, you will be responsible for a programme of partnership projects in your catchments. This will include project development, funding applications, planning and some delivery work. This programme will aim to reconnect people with their local river and water environment and deliver ecological improvements which will enhance the provision of ecosystem services by the catchment to society. These projects will primarily deliver nature based solutions to address environmental issues, covering a range of themes from pollution prevention and monitoring, river restoration, enhancing water resources, natural flood management, education, and community engagement. A number of such projects are already underway, and so you will contribute to established projects as well as having the opportunity to strategically develop future project opportunities for the short, medium and long term, aligned with the priorities set by SERT and the Catchment Partnership.

The Trust aims to work in partnership with other organisations wherever possible to deliver multiple objectives, provide a joined up approach for stakeholders and avoid duplication of effort. You will communicate with a wide range of stakeholders and communities, through a range of media, for example: meetings, events, website, workshops, phone, social media, etc. You will be personable, diplomatic, questioning, able to explain technical concepts in simple terms, have strong facilitation skills and be passionate about rivers and the environment. Fostering partnership working and the ability to build functional partnerships and strong working relationships will also be essential for the role.

This public facing role will suit a natural leader and communicator who will become the face of the Trust’s work within your catchments. This is an exciting opportunity to join a growing and dynamic team making a real difference for the environment.

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