Water Team Leader

Wiltshire Wildlife Trust

Wiltshire, United Kingdom 🇬🇧

We are seeking a passionate, dynamic individual to lead our award-winning Water Team. Working across the Hampshire Avon, Bristol Avon and Thames catchments you will develop and deliver a diverse programme of river and wetland restoration projects. This will continue our successful work improving the ecological health of rivers and wetlands in Wiltshire. This will involve close working with multiple partners and stakeholders across the county.

The Trust is looking for an experienced and enthusiastic person to lead a committed Team of staff, volunteers and contractors in developing and delivering an exciting programme of projects. Applicants need to demonstrate direct experience of river and wetland habitat improvement and restoration projects, either with a statutory body, NGO, consultancy or specialist contractor.

Wiltshire Wildlife Trust was set up in 1962 to campaign and take action to protect the natural environment. Since then the Trust has grown to become one of the UK’s leading environmental charities, working to create a sustainable future for wildlife and people. The Water Team is leading on several long-running river habitat improvement projects (Wessex Chalk Streams Project, Source to Sea – tackling invasive species), and developing new partnerships and programmes across Wiltshire.

Job purpose

To lead and manage Wiltshire Wildlife Trust’s Water Team. Develop and deliver programmes and projects to improve the ecological health of rivers and wetlands in Wiltshire, thereby contributing to the Trust’s core objective to create sustainable and resilient Living Landscapes.


The Water Team Leader is responsible for 3 members of staff, as well as the supervision of seasonal workers, numerous contractors and volunteers. The team’s budget in 2017 exceeded £400,000, which enabled the team to deliver more than 10 restoration projects and a number of education and awareness projects.

Scope for Impact

The scale and ambition of work undertaken by the Trust’s Water Team has developed and grown considerably in the past few years. As the role of Government Agencies in the direct delivery of habitat enhancement works continues to reduce, the opportunities for the Water Team in designing and delivering more complex projects is growing. The Water Team Leader will take a strong strategic lead in working with external partners to develop a vision for the future of Wiltshire’s rivers.

Working Relationships

The Water Team Leader reports to the Head of Conservation and Land Management. They will work together with senior Trust staff to ensure WWT’s strategic plan and vision is embedded into the actions and long term plans of the Water Team. A key aspect of this role is to build and maintain strong stakeholder relationships with external partners notably those involved in the Hampshire Avon, Bristol Avon and Upper Thames Catchment Partnerships. They will work closely with senior managers, other staff members throughout the organisation and Trustees of Wiltshire Wildlife Trust.

Principle accountabilities

Working across the major Wiltshire river catchments of the Hampshire Avon (Salisbury Avon), Bristol Avon and Upper Thames, the Water Team Leader is responsible for:

  • Formulating, implementing and overseeing the delivery of strategic environment programmes and projects, in accordance with the objectives of the Trust and the Water Team
  • Identifying and securing funding for programmes and projects
  • Forging and maintaining relationships with key partner organisation on regional and national levels
  • Maintaining and developing the capacity and capabilities of the team
  • Ensuring all activities and projects undertaken by the team have a sound scientific evidence base
  • Ensuring the work of the Water Team is undertaken to the highest Health & Safety, Construction Design &
  • Management and other relevant standards 



  • Post-graduate degree (MSc/Mres) in a relevant environmental subject. ​


  • Post-graduate degree (PhD) in a relevant environmental subject 

Knowledge of


  • Freshwater and wetland ecology
  • Geomorphology and hydrology
  • Water resource policy and legislation
  • Awareness of the EU Water Framework Directive and other relevant water related environmental legislation
  • River restoration theory and practice
  • Health & Safety regulations and Risk Assessment protocols 


  • Non-native species management
  • Topography and geography of Wiltshire and its main river systems 

Experience with


  • Conservation and restoration project development and management
  • Managing and working with volunteers
  • Stakeholder engagement and management, such as angling and farming communities
  • Budget planning and account management
  • Preparing project proposals and successful funding bids
  • Line management of staff and development of a strong Team ethic
  • Understanding of statutory licensing and consenting requirements in rivers and wetlands 


  • Understanding of construction site management requirements
  • Monitoring and surveying of wetland habitats and species 



  • Technical and creative writing
  • Speaking and presenting for diverse audiences
  • IT literate – MS Office
  • GIS proficiency for mapping and project development   
  • Preparation of technical aspects of project proposals
  • Full driving licence B and access to car. 


  • First Aid trained
  • Water Safety trained
  • Hydrological modelling 

Full job description can be found at: https://www.wiltshirewildlife.org/Handlers/Download.ashx?IDMF=cdf1d5f9-1c13-41f2-bba1-441e9f80b053 

Closing Date: 12(noon) Friday 9th March 2018
Candidates selected for an interview will be notified by Wednesday 14th March 2018. If you have not been contacted by this date then, unfortunately, you have not been successful in securing an interview. It is not our policy to give feedback at this stage.

Interviews: Tuesday 20th March 2018 at WWT Langford Lakes Nature Reserve

Please ensure when applying that you are available on this date.

If after reading the job description you would like to discuss this opportunity informally, please contact Stephen Davis on 01380 736075 ([email protected])

The Trust will only accept candidates on completion of our application form which can be found on our website.