RiverLife Coordinator via EnvironmentJobUK

River Forth Fisheries Trust

Edinburgh, United Kingdom 🇬🇧

About the Role:

The River Forth Fisheries Trust is looking for a dynamic and organised person to lead a team to deliver the RiverLife: Almond & Avon project. This is a flag ship project working in collaboration with City of Edinburgh and West Lothian Councils to deliver major improvements to the River Almond and Avon and to connect the rivers to the local communities and inspire stewardship of the rivers long into the future. The project has completed 18 months of its four years funding and a vacancy has arisen for this very important role.

The Coordinator is central to the delivery of the outcomes of the project and will need to work with other members of the team to develop strategy and overarching deliverables. The Coordinator will manage the River Life project ensuring the project plan is implemented on time, within budget and all activities and reports are completed to an appropriate quality.

The Coordinator will work with and coordinate a number of other staff members and consultants to deliver the project.

The Coordinator will directly line manage the following:

Capital Project Manager – who will manage and deliver the Capital projects (four barrier easements on the River Almond and an urban restoration in Bathgate) liaising with the two Local Authorities and the Funders (Scottish Government and SEPA Water Environment Fund)

Project Officer – Community Engagement – who will deliver engagement at a local level with particular emphasis in engaging with hard to reach elements of the local community and delivering interpretation.

Project Officer – Communication and Events – who will deliver the overarching communications strategy (including press releases, website and social media) and organising events in collaboration with other members of the team

Project Officer – Volunteering – who will manage the recruitment, training and delivery of volunteers, including small works and other events.

Project Assistant – supporting the work of the project and delivering small projects and monitoring and evaluation.

The Coordinator will coordinate the input of other River Forth Fisheries Staff into the project including the Trust Biologist and Ecologist relating to monitoring and evaluation, research and other technical requirements and the Trust Office and Finance Manager who supports the project and assist with funding claims.

Project Coordinator will report to the Trust Manager and to the RiverLIfe Project Board.

Main responsibilities

  • Undertake overall management of the RiverLife: Almond & Avon project, managing risks effectively and reporting to the Trust Manager, to HLF and also as required to the Board of Directors and to partners.
  • Manage the staff of the RiverLife: Almond & Avon project on a day to day basis, coordinating the work load and ensuring the procedures and processes of the Trust are undertaken, including Health and Safety.
  • Coordinate the work streams relating to the project including those of the project staff and RFFT staff and external contractors.
  • Manage all budgets associated with the project, working closely with the Office Manager and Administrator.
  • Coordinate the funding of the project, liaise with the funders, owners and stakeholders and ensure the financial integrity of the project. Coordinate claims and work with the Trust Manager on cash flow and payments so they are integrated with the Trusts finances and cashflow. Ensure that all funds are secured and all HLF financial procedures and claiming schedules are fully complied with.
  • Take a strategic lead on communication, negotiation and management, especially that required by the funders (Scottish Government, SEPA WEF and HLF) and land and structure owners.
  • Represent the Trust at meetings and events as required and coordinate wide promotion and publicity for the project through events, press releases, interpretation projects, promotional materials, reports and all forms of media.
  • Deliver with the other members of the Trust staff, the Activity Plan, Conservation Outputs and Monitoring & Evaluation requirements.
  • Work with the Trust staff and Directors to monitor the project and ensure an evaluation of the project is undertaken.

Other responsibilities

Your main focus will be on the RiverLife: Almond & Avon but in order to help deliver that project you will be required to interact with other staff within the Trust and where appropriate:

  • Promote the work, mission and vision of the RiverLife: Almond & Avon Project, recognising and acknowledging the role of River Forth Fisheries Trust at all appropriate times.
  • Support the Trust in developing a legacy from the project and inform future developments.
  • Ensure a high level of customer service in all dealings with the public.
  • Ensure continuous development of skills and knowledge required for the post, undergoing training and performance review as required by the Trust.
  • Work within all the policies and procedures of the Trust, ensuring own compliance with the Trust’s health and safety policies and procedures and that of any staff and resources for which you are responsible.
  • Comply with all legal and contractual obligations concerning the responsibilities of your post.
  • Supervise and support volunteers as appropriate to your role.
  • Carry out any other reasonable duties commensurate with the level of responsibility of the post, as requested by the Board of Trustees


  • A minimum of four years’ experience of managing and successfully delivering complex projects involving conservation/river and community initiatives.
  • Relevant degree or higher education qualification
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Experience of working with contractors
  • Monitoring and evaluation of diverse projects
  • Delivering projects on budget and deadline
  • Working with / co-ordinating a range of organisations
  • Organising and prioritising workload
  • Experience and success in obtaining funding
  • Experience managing staff members
  • Excellent project management skills
  • Excellent financial management skills
  • Experience using a wide range of IT skills including word processing and excel
  • A full clean driving licence and access to own transport


  • Knowledge of the River restoration and conservation of aquatic environments
  • Knowledge of key organisations involved in the project and other organisations operating within the Almond and Avon catchments
  • Knowledge of relevant health and safety regulations
  • Knowledge of 3rd sector and public funding
  • Negotiating and managing contracts

Personal qualities

  • A commitment to environmental and heritage conservation and community involvement
  • An organised and disciplined approach to work
  • The ability to work effectively with people from a wide range of disciplines
  • Able to work co-operatively as part of a team
  • Able to work effectively under pressure
  • Self-motivation
  • Able to motivate others
  • Physically able to get to sites not accessible by vehicle
  • Willing to continue to progress and learn new skills

If you would like to apply for this post then please send a cover letter and CV to [email protected] or to our office address: River Forth Fisheries Trust, The Clubhouse, 106 Biggar Road, Edinburgh, EH10 7DU.

To find out more information about this post then please contact the trust via [email protected] or 0131 445 1527