Local recruitment: Water Stewardship Officer

The Rivers Trust

United Kingdom 🇬🇧


The Rivers Trust is a leading environmental charity and the umbrella body of The Rivers Trust movement, comprising over 60 independent local charities. Our vision is for wild, healthy, natural rivers, valued by all. We are at a critical point in our history as we expand to deliver projects to protect and replenish this critical part of the natural environment, and our research and expertise is now needed more urgently than ever as water supply and quality move up the public agenda.

The Water Stewardship Officer is a new role in our dynamic and rapidly growing Strategy & Stewardship team. The programme they run builds major public-private sector partnerships to restore habits and ecosystems and drive investment.

This role provides business support to established portfolio of projects, new partnerships and the wider movement’s capacity and capability to deliver environmental improvements at scale.

This will involve a wide range of different support tasks across all stages of project cycles, including tracking and updating the team on the progress, co-ordinating partner meetings, data analysis and reporting, and researching and reporting on potential new opportunities.

You’ll need to be well-organised, committed to the goals of the work and both comfortable with and motivated by the opportunity to work with a wide range of different stakeholders (including corporate partners like Coca-Cola, Britvic and Amazon Web Services).

You’ll have demonstrable experience in project co-ordination and corporate partnerships, and knowledge of environmental issues related to rivers. It helps if this has been gained in the water sector, but it’s not essential if you are inquisitive and a quick learner, and you will be supported throughout by an experienced and welcoming team who will value your input.

You will need the right to work in the UK but we’re happy to hear from applicants from anywhere in the country – the role is home-based with only occasional travel.

This is a full-time opportunity but we work flexibly and are happy to talk about adjustments you may need to help with disabilities or caring responsibilities.

The salary for the role is between £26,560 – £33,198 per year. 

Responsibilities include: 

  • Supporting the delivery of all Water Stewardship projects by coordinating partner meetings, data analysis and reporting, presentation writing, contracts and agreements, budget management and training schedules.
  • Managing the prospect pipeline on behalf of the team; update prospect notes, draft contact emails and prompt team members to contact prospects as appropriate
  • Conducting research into new prospects and partnership opportunities; draft corporate profiles, identify appropriate individuals to approach and establish contact within businesses as required
  • Supporting the Water Stewardship Project Manager to develop the portfolio of replenish projects by coordinating meetings and writing proposals for potential partners
  • Supporting monitoring, reporting and evaluation activity as required, including regular reports for internal and external use, to ensure that project outcomes are captured and communicated in line with programme requirements.
  • Supporting project fundraising and communications within the delivery area, including collection of case studies and sharing of national and local achievements and outcomes.
  • Contributing the development of tools and supporting processes for successful corporate partnerships across the movement.
  • Following Rivers Trust policies and practices including on health and safety, EDI, and GDPR

To apply, please send your CV or apply via LInkedIn and show us how you meet the following criteria: 

  • Experience of working with corporate organisations 
  • Understanding of CSR (Corporate Social Responsiblity) and ESG (Environmental, Social & Governance)
  • Project co-ordination (ideally in the water sector but can come from elsewhere)
  • Excellent organisation skills, written English and document presentation.
  • Practical commitment to real environmental improvement.
  • Understanding of how to make adjustments to work to accommodate the needs of different groups (eg disabilities)

Two other desirables but not essential:

  • Knowledge of the Rivers Trust movement and water issues
  • Understanding of water stewardship and how this fits within agricultural supply chains and land management practices

If you have any questions which will help you decide to apply and aren’t answered on our website or Recruitment FAQ, please contact seren.patterson@theriverstrust.org and she’ll reply early in the new year.

Closing Date: Wednesday 25 January 2023




IHE Delft MSc in Water and Sustainable Development