Senior Catchment Manager

Trent River Trust
Trent East, United Kingdom
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
NGO/Civil Society
Experience Level: 
Mid-Level (5-7 Years)
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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The Trent Rivers Trust has expanded over the last five years and is now of a size that necessitates a revised organisational structure. As a consequence, the decision was taken to structure the management of the organisation around groups of geographically aligned catchments. This will allow for the future effective line management of project teams focusing on catchment delivery. The TRT will appoint the second of two Senior Catchment Managers covering the east and western Trent respectively to develop and manage activity within these agreed areas. The two proposed catchment areas are:

  • The eastern Trent – Soar, Lower Trent, Idle and Torne and Derwent
  • The western Trent – Tame, Anker, Mease, Upper Trent, Dove (in post)

The Role

The Senior Catchment Manager (SCM) will be expected to engage with a range of partners and stakeholders to develop opportunities for delivery for the TRT in the specified catchments. They will raise the profile of TRT within this area, demonstrating why TRT is the ‘go to’ organisation for the delivery of projects relating to river catchment restoration and enhancement. The SCM will develop and manage the delivery of a wide portfolio of projects including those which seek to:

  • Improve water quality
  • Reduce flood risk by implementing natural flood management measures and SuDS
  • Restore river function and raise awareness of issues relating to the health of rivers in the catchment amongst stakeholders and the general public

The main objectives of the post are to: 

  • Represent TRT within the specified catchment area and promote the work of the organisation to stakeholders, funders and policy makers
  • Develop new project ideas and identify possible funding sources which will enable TRT to influence farming practice to improve the water environment
  • Lead projects across the catchment area and ensure they are delivered on time, within budget and outcomes and outputs are achieved and where possible, exceeded
  • Line manage project managers and project officers working on projects within the catchment, providing technical and functional support as required and monitoring performance
  • Contribute to the development of TRT’s business plan and organisational strategy
  • Over time, secure sufficient funding in order to appoint and manage a team of project managers and officers to deliver the activities across the specified catchments as and when secure funding becomes appropriate  
  • Assist with the mentoring and training of new members of staff and volunteers
  • On occasions and by prior arrangement, the SCM may be required to deputise for the Director and represent the TRT at relevant meetings and events and report to the Board of Trustees as required


There is no dedicated funding stream for this post although TRT has identified sufficient income from projects in the area to fund this post for twelve months. The manager will be expected to work closely with the Director to identify and secure continued funding streams for this post and project officers working within their team.

Experience and Expertise 

  • At least five years relevant experience in environmental management
  • Highly effective project management skills including strong commercial acumen with the ability to set and manage budgets and to monitor and record progress and outputs
  • Evidence of people management skills – the ability to motivate and to manage a diverse team, often working remotely, to deliver results
  • Exceptional communication skills with the ability to influence and engage a wide range of individuals and organisations 
  • Ideally educated to degree level or equivalent in an environmental subject  
  • An excellent understanding of water environments and the principle impacts influencing water quality, water level management and river processes
  • A strong team player who can work independently and relate to other TRT staff to achieve shared work objectives
  • A strategic thinker who can contribute constructively to the future development of the wider organisation
  • Experience of GIS within the context of recording and interpreting data is essential

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