Wessex Chalk Stream and Rivers Trust

Awbridge, , GB

Role and responsibilities

Strategic Leadership:

  • Develop the reputation of the Trust as a highly valued, well run organisation that is effective at delivering the objectives and aims of the Trust.
  • Develop the Trust’s strategy with the Trustees.
  • Identify and develop opportunities for growth for the Trust.
  • Be aware of and act upon national and local developments that will affect the strategy of the Trust.

Operational delivery:

  • Develop and deliver a Business Plan that supports the agreed strategy.
  • Work in partnership with other organisations in an effective manner that builds the reputation of the Trust and achieves good outcomes for our rivers and catchments.
  • Ensure that projects are well managed on time and to budget, and that they deliver high quality outcomes for the rivers and catchments.
  • Develop and implement processes to ensure that the Trust is run efficiently and is compliant with relevant legislation. Includes budget management, status and risk management reporting to Trustees, compliance with company and charity reporting requirements. Health and Safety and Employment legislation and adherence to sound financial practice.

Fundraising and financial stability:

  • Identify potential sources of funding.
  • Write successful funding applications and develop strong relationships with all key funders.
  • Manage the short and medium term financial stability of the Trust.

Staff and volunteer management:

  •  Attract, recruit, develop and retain staff and volunteers to support the delivery of the Trust’s objectives.
  • Delegate appropriately and prioritise workload of self and team to ensure effective delivery of the core strategy 


  • Ensure that the Trust’s successes are communicated via website, newsletters, press and social media
  • Deliver timely, open and honest communication with partners, staff, volunteers, trustees and stakeholders. 




  •  First degree
  • A passion for conservation, specially an understanding of the issues around catchment management, rivers and freshwater ecology
  • A ‘self-starter’ able to take decisions and able to act on own initiative with minimal supervision
  • Self-sufficient. Able to operate effectively without substantial administrative or technical support
  • Strongly committed to the development of the Trust and to achieving the Trust’s objective
  • A high level of ‘emotional intelligence
  • Credible senior manager with a passionate interest in the environment
  • Experience of formulating strategies and developing and implementing business plans
  • Excellent influencing skills
  • Experience of managing, motivating and developing small team
  • Ability to develop effective partnerships and cooperate with other organisations
  • Experience of managing budgets effectively
  • Track record of successful fund-raising or high-level of personal commitment to delivering successful fund-raising
  • Demonstrate a high level of influencing skills
  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate passion for the objectives of the Trust
  • Excellent verbal and written communication, specifically able to communicate complex issues to diverse audiences in a straight forward manner
  • Experience of project management methods and disciplines
  • Resident within the WCSRT catchments
  • Environment, science or related degree
  • Post-graduate environmental qualification
  • Professional qualifications or memberships


Working Relationships

  • Reports to the Chairman and Board of Trustees. An essential requirement of the post is that the Director has the confidence of the Chairman and Trustees
  • Members of the WCSRT staff will report directly to the Director
  • The Director is responsible for maintaining positive working relationships with partners, members, suppliers and stakeholders. These will include (but are not limited to) the Environment Agency, local Wildlife Trusts, Natural England, fisheries organisations, school, farmers and landowner organisations (CLA and NFU). 


Appplicants are requested to submit a letter of application and CV by Friday 5 January to Lee Bush – Administrator for WCRST at [email protected].