Local recruitment: Living Rivers Officer

Derbyshire Wildlife Trust

Middleton, UK 🇬🇧

About the role 

We’re looking for a Living Rivers Officer to develop and deliver our Living Rivers Programmes within Derbyshire. 

In this role, you’ll manage multiple river based projects within Derbyshire Wildlife Trust’s Nature Recovery Network. You’ll play a key role in supporting the Derbyshire Derwent Catchment Partnership.   

To be successful you will need to be passionate about Rivers and Catchments and you will need to be someone who thrives working in Partnership and with stakeholders.  


In this role, you’ll own the delivery of our living Rivers work, including: 

  • Delivering multiple river based projects within Derbyshire – We have some fantastic river restoration projects planned but it will be your job to make them happen. You will support the wider team to identify an ongoing programme of works that enhance river environments throughout Derbyshire. You will support the development of our white-clawed crayfish, mink and water vole projects and seek funding for their long term continuation. Depending on the result of DEFRA’s Wild Beaver Consultation, you will work with the team to develop wild or enclosed beaver release projects.    
  • Support the Living Rivers Programme manager to develop our role as host of the Derbyshire Derwent Catchment Partnership – working collaboratively across the Derbyshire Derwent Catchment you will implement the delivery of catchment restoration projects. 

About you 

We’re looking for someone with a passion for rivers and practical experience in river or catchment restoration.  

This role might be right for you if: 

  • You have practical experience of ecological work to enhance  biodiversity, particularly around river restoration or catchment restoration  
  • You have experience of working with partners and stakeholders and can foster great relationships  
  • You have strong project management skills 
  • You have a proven track record of substantial fundraising  
  • You thrive working collaboratively and see the bigger picture 

We are happy to talk flexible working!     

This role will be based at our office in Middleton although a balance of home and office working will be allowed. We are a local charity so applicants should be easily able to access our office and other locations around the county.      

Interviews are planned for Monday 14th February 2022. 

For more information please refer to the job description and key terms attached. If you have any questions about the role which are not answered in the attached documents, please either email [email protected] or call 01773 881188.   

Derbyshire Wildlife Trust  

We’re a small charity, with big ideas! We believe that everyone has their part to play in Nature’s recovery. We are the only organisation in Derbyshire working to protect and enhance wildlife and wild places throughout the county but through our work with businesses, other conservation charities, and the public we are mobilising others across the county and the rest of the UK to act for wildlife. As are a registered Charity, we are supported by 16,000 members and are part of a movement of 46 Trusts with a collective membership of over 800,000.     

Our purpose is to achieve our vision of a Wilder Derbyshire by creating Nature Recovery Networks and reintroducing lost species. We aim to deliver our vision by leading Nature’s Recovery, inspiring people and communities to care and mobilising people to act. All our work is underpinned by our values.    

Our Charity is growing, we currently employ 80 people and, crucially, we are supported by over 500 volunteers.  We have three delivery teams; Wilder Landscapes, Wilder Communities and Income Generation, supported by the Finance and Resources team.  Each team has a Department Lead who reports to the Chief Executive who is responsible for the operations of the Trust and who, in turn, reports to the Board of Trustees which governs the organisation.        

We’re committed to equality, diversity and inclusion and believe that everyone should have access to nature. We expect people to work harmoniously with each other and with volunteers, and to provide help and guidance to others when needed.  As a small charity, our employees need to be willing to be flexible about working arrangements and willing to provide occasional cover for absent staff. We want people to develop professionally and personally while working with us and employees are encouraged to participate in the range of opportunities available to enable this.    

Derbyshire Wildlife Trust is an equal opportunities employer that strives to be a diverse and inclusive environment in which everyone is valued. We welcome applications from eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.    

We recognise that our workforce needs to represent the communities and people we work with. We particularly encourage applications from underrepresented groups within Derbyshire Wildlife Trust and the wider charity and conservation sector, such as people from Black and Ethnic Minority backgrounds and those who identify as LGBTQ+.   





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