Project Officer

South Cumbria River Trust

South Cumbria, , GB

Based within the iconic landscapes of the southern Lake District, you will be working with a team committed to protect, conserve, monitor and restore the natural heritage of lakes, tarns, rivers, becks and estuaries in South Cumbria. We are now seeking interest from experienced and successful environment project officers who are ready for a new and exciting challenge. This role provides a unique opportunity to work alongside United Utilities, the UK’s largest water company.

You will combine an understanding of diffuse water pollution, habitat improvement, river restoration and natural flood management techniques to help safeguard the provision of clean drinking water for the communities of South Cumbria. This will require a close working relationship with United Utilities who you will assist to deliver Drinking Water Safety Plan actions. This will include reporting at various levels and providing evidence for the improvements that are being achieved.

Reporting to SCRT’s Team Manager and working alongside a great team of dedicated individuals within the Trust and supported by our project partner, United Utilities, you will be responsible for a four year programme of investigation and practical works that will contribute to improving raw water quality in three specific south Cumbrian catchments. Your work will involve identifying sources of diffuse water pollution and poor land management practices that may impact on the raw water quality of the watercourses in your work area. Through this understanding of sources and pathways you will build a detailed record of these catchments leading to the identification, scoping and promotion of potential interventions. You will then lead on all aspects of projects approved for delivery including monitoring and reporting.

This role requires an energetic and multi-talented individual who is a self-starter and results focussed. You will be a natural communicator who can form and establish great partnerships at all levels and has a proven record of securing agreements with landowners and farmers.

Knowledge and proven experience of practical river conservation work, river catchment and land management issues and a broad understanding of the legislation that underpins these activities is essential. You will have a degree or equivalent in a scientific, environmental or land management discipline and you will need to possess a clean UK driving licence and be physically fit. This role is due to commence in Summer 2020.

how to apply

Please note that C.V.s will not be accepted. To apply for the role, please send your completed application form with a covering letter to [email protected]

If you have any queries or require any further information, please contact Rebecca Corrie-Close; [email protected]

Closing date: Midnight Sunday 19th April 2020.

Interview date: Monday 11th May 2020. Please note that in the event of any restrictions, travel or otherwise, that would prevent the interviews taking place on the date above, we will notify applicants accordingly.