Natural Capital / Environmental Economist

Bristol Avon Rivers Trust (BART)

Home-based with travel around the Bristol Avon catchment
£25,000 - £27,600 pa dependent on experience

Paid • Full Time • Fixed Term Contract

Sectors: water & hydrology, conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Friday, 22nd July 2022  

Natural Capital /Environmental Economist

Organisation: Bristol Avon Rivers Trust
Salary: C£25,000 - £27,600 dependant on experience
Location: Home-Based with travel around the Bristol Avon catchment
Hours: Full Time, 40 hours per week. Flexibility required (some evening & weekend work)
Position type: Paid
Contract: 12 Months with potential for extension
Closing date: Applications by 22nd July 2022
Contact name: Simon Hunter
Contact email: [email protected]


Bristol Avon Rivers Trust (BART) is a charity which delivers education, land and river management advice and practical river restoration work throughout the Bristol Avon catchment.

We aim to re-connect communities to their local rivers and help them to better appreciate and improve them for the benefit of people and wildlife.

BART aims to conserve and enhance the status of our waterbodies for current and future generations.

The successful post holder will join a small but very ambitious team at BART to deliver a hugely innovative programme of work linked to the development of the UK’s first freshwater biodiversity investment model and development of a process for the UK’s very first freshwater biodiversity code which could lead to a huge positive global impact through benefits to enhanced freshwater biodiversity.

The role

BART are seeking to recruit a Natural Capital/ Environmental Economist to help deliver our programme of work on the Freshwater Biodiversity Investment Model & UK Freshwater Biodiversity Code. The role offers the chance to work with market leading clients on the cutting edge of the emerging conservation investment market in the UK and potentially internationally, and to work alongside a field of environmental experts and stakeholders within the programme. We offer an opportunity to enhance your development, while providing flexible working from home with some travel around the Bristol Avon catchment required.

Key responsibilities:

  • Manage the delivery of an innovative Freshwater Biodiversity Investment Programme.
  • Work with a team of conservation professionals, volunteers, and contractors to enable successful delivery of the programme.
  • Work closely with the Head of Operations to ensure project costs are in line with overall project budgets and keep suitable records in line with the funding requirements and document retention policy.
  • Consult with project partners including The Rivers Trust and Federated Hermes global investment bank.
  • Liaise and further build strong working relationships with key stakeholders including the Duchy of Cornwall, landowners, Bristol Water, and Bath and North East Somerset Council.
  • To actively promote the Vision, Mission, and work of the Trust.
  • 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.
  • Identify & manage project risks efficiently and in accordance to Trust policy.
  • Maintain and grow the Trust’s partnerships, with stakeholders, delivery partners and landowners.
  • Contribute and assist in the production of publicity and marketing materials.
  • Produce engaging and informative communications promoting the work of the Trust (e.g., press releases, technical articles, media interviews etc.).
  • You shall comply with BART’s Health & Safety, Safeguarding and other policies and defined standards of behaviour.
  • You may be required to perform other duties and tasks as required from time to time for the efficient operation of the Trust.

Skills & competencies

We are looking for candidates to possess a range of the following skills and competencies:

  • You will have a familiarity with market analysis, cost-benefit analysis; data-collection, validation, and analysis; stakeholder consultation.
  • You will have an interest and relevant experience in environmental economics and natural capital.
  • The ability to analyse and interrogate environmental and economic data and communicate your findings clearly to different types of audience, including non-specialists.
  • You will be self-motivated, flexible, and enthusiastic, as well as having a degree or experience in a relevant discipline (e.g., Environmental Economics or Environmental Science and Policy) and preferably a relevant post-graduate qualification.
  • Strong organisational skills, and an ability to work on multiple workstreams simultaneously and to deadlines.
  • Excellent collaborative working skills to ensure we get the best from our working relationships with internal and external client teams.
  • Attention to detail and desire to work to high standards consistently.
  • Experience of financial modelling and analysis.
  • Experience of structuring and executing financial transactions for small and medium sized businesses.
  • Experience in project management, client delivery, research and presentation, problem solving.
  • Proficient writing capability and presentation skills.
  • Well-developed analytical skills including the ability to assimilate complex information, identify and prioritise key issues.
  • Strong IT skills, proficient in Microsoft Office.

Personal attributes

  • Enthusiastic self-starter and strong team player.
  • A willingness to present ideas to peers and senior colleagues.
  • Excellent communication and relationship building capabilities.
  • Inquisitive and analytical approach to problem solving.
  • Ability to operate in a dynamic working environment, handling multiple tasks and deadlines.
  • Highly committed with the ability to take ownership of projects and to create meaningful value for the long-term.
  • We are a small team who work hard and have fun, so you’ll need energy, enthusiasm and be able to work well independently where required.

General notes

  • The position will be working from home with travel around the Bristol Avon Catchment.
  • This position may from time to time require work during some evenings, weekends, and public holidays to meet the needs of the post.
  • We expect you to carry out your job responsibilities in an environmentally aware manner, ensuring as little damage to the environment as possible. Our aim is to ensure all resources are utilised effectively and efficiently. You will be expected to apply ‘sound value for money’ principles and follow procurement guidelines in undertaking purchasing or supply of goods and services.
  • You shall deliver all tasks in compliance with BART’s Health & Safety, Safeguarding and other policies and defined standards of behaviour.

Interested parties should submit a CV and a one page covering letter explaining why you would perform well in this role and what you could bring to BART. These should be sent to: [email protected]

Interviews for this post will take place virtually during week commencing 8th or 15th August 2022 (date TBC).

Please note, due to limited resources you will only be contacted should you be successful in gaining an interview. We would like to thank you for your interest in this position.

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