Local recruitment: River Restoration Officer (Worfe on the Wildside)

Shropshire Wildlife Trust

Shrewsbury, UK 🇬🇧

Salary: £25,676 – £26,305

Location: Shrewsbury, Shropshire – Agile working

The Vacancy

Are you a passionate conservation practitioner with a focus on rivers and freshwater ecology?

Do you have experience of delivering practical conservation projects?

We’re hiring and looking for a motivated individual to join the Land & Water team as a River Restoration Officer at Shropshire Wildlife Trust.

Rivers across England have suffered degradation and experience poor ecological resilience, we are committed to tackling these issues at scale. Working with landowners and land managers, the Land & Water team deliver practical conservation and habitat improvements on third party land across Shropshire. We deliver a broad range of work programmes from small-scale individual interventions to catchment wide project partnerships.

We are now looking to expand our team with this exciting position leading on innovative restorative interventions to mitigate against the impacts of low flows in the River Worfe catchment. This role will work with landowners and stakeholders alike to deliver impactful restoration and contribute to the Trust’s ambitious ecological objectives.

About You

Working as part of the Land & Water team you will be under the direct supervision of the Land & Water Technical Manager who will support you through the process of identifying sites, gaining permissions and navigating Partnership delivery. You will also be working as part of a multi-disciplinary team that delivers a range of habitat improvement works and land management advice. 

This post is suited to someone who is able to communicate technical information in a straightforward and accessible manner to a broad range of participants. They will be organised and able to manage delivery of multiple contractor led projects. They will be able to negotiate effectively with farmers and landowners and wider members of the Partnership. 

What do you need:

  • Relevant environmental qualification/s in a land and/or water management subject 
  • A strong background in understanding the pressures on riverine systems 
  • Have a sound understanding of wetland & riparian ecology and catchment management. 
  • Knowledge of the farmed environment and biodiversity 
  • Computer literate in MS Office  
  • Proven experience of project management 
  • A Full Driving Licence and your own vehicle 

It would be advantageous to have experience of practical conservation project management but this is not essential.  

This is a great opportunity to join a dynamic, progressive and action-led team who are committed to investing in their staff. If you have the desire and determination to work at the forefront of practical conservation delivery and help us halt biodiversity decline, then we would like to hear from you.

The Trust is committed to building a diverse workforce and is developing an Agile working policy which will allow colleagues to work in a flexible manner


Who we are

Shropshire Wildlife Trust (SWT) works across Shropshire (including Telford & Wrekin) to confront the ‘triple emergency’ of climate crisis, ecological crisis, and people’s inequitable connection with nature. We combine advocacy and campaigning with projects to restore nature and to engage people. We manage 41 nature reserves, and we have 46 staff, 500 volunteers, and over 9000 members. SWT is an autonomous charity, but we are increasingly working collectively as part of The Wildlife Trusts (TWT) to ensure that our local actions have a national impact and help to address global issues.

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