Local recruitment: Project Officer for EU LIFE R4Ever Kent Project

South Cumbria River Trust

Low Wood, Ulverston, UK 🇬🇧

Vacancy: SCRT Project Officer for EU LIFE R4Ever Kent Project (LIFE20.NAT/UK/001013)

Location: South Cumbria

Salary: circa ÂŁ25 – 28k p.a.  depending on experience, plus pension and life assurance.


This is a unique and exciting opportunity to join South Cumbria Rivers Trust to work within the iconic landscapes of the southern Lake District UNESCO World Heritage site.

The Trust was formed in 2006 to protect, conserve, monitor and restore the natural heritage of lakes, tarns, rivers, becks and estuaries in South Cumbria.

We are seeking interest from experienced and successful environment project officers ready for a new and exciting challenge. The successful applicant will be due to start in Autumn 2021.

Project Description

LIFE is an EU-funded programme aimed at the protection and restoration of Europe’s nature, and halting and reversing biodiversity loss. LIFE supports achieving the objectives of the EU’s biodiversity strategy for 2030 and is part of the EU Green Deal. LIFE funds the development and management of the Natura 2000 network which protects over 18 % of the EU’s land area and more than 8 % of its marine territory.

As part of the Natura 2000 network, the River Kent SAC (UK0030256) is designated for its Ranunculion habitat, freshwater pearl mussel, bullhead and white clawed crayfish. The River Kent SAC is impacted by issues including water quality, siltation, physical modification and invasive alien species, all of which have led to a decline in native species condition and extent.

LIFE R4ever Kent (LIFE20 NAT/UK/001013) plans to Restore and Revive the River Kent SAC, so that the species and habitats can Recover, thus making the designated features more Resilient to environmental pressures.


Reporting to SCRT’s Projects and Technical Manager, you will be working alongside a great team of dedicated individuals within the Trust and supported by our project partners. You will be responsible for a 5-year programme of investigations and practical works that will contribute to improving the River Kent SSSI and SAC rivers in south Cumbria.

Your work will involve identifying river habitat improvement options and poor land management practices that may impact on the physical riverine habitats and water quality of the watercourses in your work area.

Key dates and information

Applications close at midnight, Sunday 31st October 2021. Shortlisting will be held early November with interviews due to be conducted at the SCRT offices on Friday 12th November 2021.

Application documents can be found by following the links below.




Please send a covering letter and application form to [email protected]

This role will directly compliment the Freshwater Biological Association’s post for the River Kent Mussel Officer https://www.fba.org.uk//Careers




IHE Delft Institute for Water Education - MSc in Water and Sustainable Development