Local recruitment: River Restoration Project Officer

Norfolk Rivers Trust

Bayfield, Holt, UK 🇬🇧


Purpose: Delivering river restoration projects throughout North Norfolk

Reports to: North Norfolk Catchment Team Leader

Location: Office at Bayfield near Holt, plus hybrid-working. Visits across North-Norfolk catchments with mileage expenses £0.45 per mile.

Job term: Full-time, 37.5 hours per week

Annual Leave Entitlement: 25 days plus 8 days bank holidays pro rata

Salary details: £25,787 to £29,000 pro rata (9% Employer Pension Contribution)

Norfolk Rivers Trust is looking for a project officer to help deliver a series of ambitious river restoration projects throughout North Norfolk. Working closely with partners, land-owners and contractors, the selected applicant will help deliver a suite of projects on the rivers Stiffkey, Hun, Glaven and the Burn.  We are looking for someone with experience of designing and delivering habitat or water-quality improvement projects, who is self-motivated and has a strong interest in ecology.  Experience of CDM or ECOW work would be particularly useful.

The successful applicant will help deliver river restoration and wetland creation projects within Norfolk, assisting with the full process from land-owner and partner engagement, to ecological survey and project design, to monitoring.  You will also represent Norfolk Rivers Trust at regular partnership meetings and community events.  We are looking for someone with a passion for rivers and nature, the ability to work closely with partners or independently, and the drive to help us deliver a series of challenging, exciting restoration projects.

Job Description

 Plan and deliver river and floodplain restoration projects throughout North Norfolk.

Principal Responsibilities:

  • Writing permits required to deliver projects including planning permission and flood risk applications.
  • Assist with protected species surveys and mitigation
  • Create designs and plans to deliver restoration or habitat improvement projects
  • Supervise contractors on work sites to ensure high quality project delivery
  • Maintaining project databases and lead on reporting to project partners
  • Supporting the production of communications material to further promote and develop restoration work in North Norfolk catchments
  • Engaging and contributing to catchment meetings and liaising with partners
  • Work effectively with partners and stakeholders, represent the Trust through catchment partnerships and seek opportunities to develop existing and additional mutually beneficial relationships
  • On occasions, responsible for: Project assistants, volunteers, work experience
  • The above list should not be regarded as exhaustive, from time-to-time staff may be required to carry out other such duties as determined by the Trust


  • Minimum HND/BSc in Ecology, Environmental Sciences, Geography, Biology or Land Management related subject

Experience and Knowledge

  • Experience in delivering conservation or habitat improvement projects
  • Familiarity and experience of catchment-scale processes, and how these interact
  • Good knowledge of river ecology and hydrology
  • Experience of managing and working with contractors to implement mitigation measures or equivalent
  • Experience of engaging with key stakeholders and working collaboratively with partner organisations
  • Experience in the use of GIS mapping

Personal Skills and Qualities

  • Clear commitment to vision and values of Norfolk Rivers Trust
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Good organisational and reporting skills
  • Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary organisation.
  • Ability to build and maintain relationships with Land managers, partners, and stakeholders
  • Full UK driving licence with own car covered by business insurance


 To apply, please send your completed job application form and a covering letter to jobs@norfolkriverstrust.org by 5pm on Thursday 6th April 2023.

 Interviews will take place on Thursday 13th April 2023.

 If you have any questions regarding this role, please contact: Ant Gagen at anthony@norfolkriverstrust.org





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