River Taff and Tributaries Project Officer via EnvironmentUK

South East Wales Rivers Trust

South East Wales, United Kingdom 🇬🇧

Main Duties

The overall responsibility of the post holder is to deliver The River Taff Project

The River Taff project is being run to improve the habitat and fish passage over the whole of the Taff catchment; this will include the Rivers Ely, Rhondda, Clydach, Cynon, Taf Fechan, Taff Fawr and Tributaries.

Within the overall context of the River Taff project, the post holder will seek to: Apply knowledge of statutory environmental requirements to protect both the South East Wales Rivers Trust and the environment. Training in H&S and, the role may require some working in water and in close proximity and handling equipment. Therefore training may be offered for the successful candidate for Working in Water and Manual Handling.

An essential part of the job will be a full understanding of River management, this will be:

  • Working with the Trust and Natural Resources Wales on already identified schemes to improve migratory fish passage.
  • Habitat schemes that will help to improve the survival of Fry.
  • The mapping of Invasive weeds;
  • Working with Landowners to include, Local Authorities, private land owners, Farmers, Wild Life Trusts, Keep Wales Tidy, the Biodiversity Officers in the local authority areas covers by the project.
  • Working with the steering Group Comprised of Members from the Trust and Natural Resources Wales.

Media and Marketing

  • Disseminate and publicise the project and its activities in both English (and Welsh as far as possible) through all media including news print, web pages and social media
  • Produce newsletters and flyers for public distribution on the projects aims, objectives and activities – ensuring timely production of text, contract with printers, sundries ordered and distribution arranged.
  • Present project work as required at conferences, seminars and meetings
  • Produce press releases and act as project main contact for media promotion.
  • Manage the project website which may be part of the SEWRT site , in liaison with other staff and volunteers.
  • Produce a Newsletter.

Partnership Working

  • Maintain a close working relationship with the South East Wales Rivers Trust, Afonydd Cymru the overall body of the Rivers Trusts in Wales, local Councils that include, Merthyr, Rhondda Cynon Taff, Cardiff, and Vale of Glamorgan, Natural Resources Wales, as above.
  • Seek and develop other partnership opportunities, for example with Keep Wales Tidy, Wildlife Trusts Wales, other urban rivers trusts where necessary. Where possible to local community where the work is taking place. Attending local events to advise on the work where appropriate.

Team Working

  • Any other duties as directed by the line manager and Chairman of the South East Wales Rivers Trust.
    • Recording:
    • Managing budget sheets with the Chairman.
    • Some weekend work may be necessary.
    • Take reasonable care for the health and safety of yourself and others and comply with all health and safety legislation as appropriate.

Job Specific Criteria:

1) Good knowledge of the following: nature conservation and legislation relevant to nature conservation, countryside and agricultural management issues. You will need an extensive back ground in working in the environment and in river restoration techniques. All in river work will need consent from Natural Resources Wales and you will need the appropriate knowledge to work with them. This could entail weir removal, low profile gravel traps, installation of deflectors and other in stream and bankside habitat fencing. Essential

2) Proven experience of working with communities local Angling Associations Land owners and others. Essential

3) Good interpersonal skills, team working skills and the ability to deal appropriately with people of all levels. Essential

4) Good written and spoken communication skills, computer literacy including experience and working knowledge of Microsoft Office. Essential

5) The nature of the role is physically demanding. The role will require independent working, possibly in remote areas with difficult terrains e.g. farms, river environments and conservation sites. It will mean working independently. Essential

6) The ability to currently and legally drive a car in the UK, with access to your own transport (Mileage to carry out the Project will be paid). It will require that you are insured to use your vehicle for work. Essential

7) The ability to be able to assess what is needed at each site and discuss with Natural Resources Wales and the line manager and take to the work to conclusion. This will mean liaising with Contractors, getting estimates and collating them for your manager. Essential

8) Carrying out risk assessments and understand the need for careful compliance with good health and safety practice training as above can be given. Essential.

9) Knowledge of the Welsh Language. Desirable.

10) Education to degree level or equivalent in a relevant environmental or rural land-use science. Desirable

The post is Funded by the Trust and NRW