Local recruitment: Assistant Project Officer

Norfolk Rivers Trust

Bayfield, Holt, UK 🇬🇧

Purpose: Assisting the team with river restoration, farm interventions and water quality testing projects throughout 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: £22,742 – £24,000 pro rata (9% Employer Pension Contribution)

Norfolk Rivers Trust is looking for an Assistant Project Officer assistant to support the delivery of a series of ambitious river restoration projects throughout Norfolk. This will be an exciting and varied role, where the successful applicant will gain experience across a range of areas including water quality testing, protected species surveys, designing, and delivering restoration projects and working with contractors on construction sites.

One of the successful applicant’s main responsibilities will be to undertake water quality testing throughout North Norfolk to find and highlight pollution pathways within the catchments with a focus on point sources such as septic tanks and diffuse pollution. The results from these surveys will then be mapped and we will use this information to plan interventions including treatment wetlands and targeted public engagement.

The other key role of the successful applicant will be to assist surveyors as a plus ones on protected species surveys. The majority of these surveys will be water vole and otter surveys but there will also be opportunities to take part in white-clawed crayfish surveys, aquatic invertebrate surveys, botanical surveys and fish surveys.

We are looking for someone with a passion for rivers and nature, the ability to work closely within a team or independently, and the drive to help us deliver a series of challenging, exciting restoration projects.

Job Description

Principal Responsibilities:

  • Plan and undertake a water quality testing program throughout North Norfolk to understand the pollution pathways within these catchments (training will be provided).
  • Create maps using GIS to store and display water quality testing results.
  • Assist with protected species surveys and mitigation.
  • Assist in writing protected species reports and permits for restoration projects.
  • Assist in delivering projects and working with contractors
  • On occasions, responsible for: 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

  • Knowledge of restoration/conservation projects within Norfolk.
  • Familiarity and experience of catchment-scale processes, and how these interact
  • Good knowledge of river ecology and hydrology
  • 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
  • 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 the 6th April 2023.

Interviews will take place on Friday 14th April 2023.

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





IHE Delft MSc in Water and Sustainable Development