Senior Catchment Partnership Officer

Yorkshire Dales Rivers Trust

Pateley Bridge, North Yorkshire, GB

Job title: Senior Catchment Partnership Officer

Location: Pateley Bridge with some home working, working throughout the Yorkshire Dales and Vales of York and Mowbray

Accountable to: Director

Salary: £28,000 – £32,000, with scope to increase subject to performance and development

Hours: 37.5 hours per week

Term: Permanent contract

Transport: You will be required to provide a car but will be reimbursed for business-related mileage (currently 45 pence per mile).

Employment subject to: Satisfactory references, Disclosure & Barring Service check and six-month probationary period.

The Yorkshire Dales Rivers Trust

The Yorkshire Dales Rivers Trust is a registered charity covering the Swale, Ure, Nidd, Ouse and Wharfe catchment areas with a mission to:

  • Protect and conserve river environments and inspire others to contribute to this;
  • Provide opportunities for people to learn about and enjoy rivers;
  • Encourage partnership and collaborative working at a catchment scale.

The Trust undertakes a wide range of practical projects to improve the water quality and habitat of rivers and streams and to inspire other people to care about these environments. This includes working with farmers, landowners and communities to reduce water pollution, improve river habitat, address barriers to fish migration, and reduce the risk of damage from flooding. Volunteers have always been an essential component of the Trust, assisting with practical conservation work, monitoring and events.

The Trust evolved from a group of committed volunteers and is now overseen by a board of 11 volunteer trustees. The Trust currently employs seven members of staff as well as others on temporary work placements. The working culture of the Trust encourages a professional, committed and independent approach.

The Catchment based approach (CaBA) is a community-led approach that engages people and groups from across society to help improve our precious water environments. The Yorkshire Dales Rivers Trust hosts two catchment partnerships as part of the ‘Catchment based approach’ (CaBA) initiative, which act to facilitate working and coordinate activities across the catchment – jointly known as the Dales to Vale River Network (DVRN). Working as part of the catchment partnership allows us to achieve much more for the environment than we could by working alone across a large catchment area.

Senior Catchment Project Officer

This is an exciting time for the successful candidate to join the Trust and work as part of the wider DVRN, focusing mainly on the Rivers Swale, Ure, Nidd and Upper Ouse. We have just launched our catchment management plans for each of the five river catchments. These pull together a wealth of information on the catchments including who is already doing what, problems, opportunities and plans. These form the foundation of the next phase of work to make a real difference to the water quality and habitat of rivers in the Yorkshire Dales and surrounding areas downstream in the Vales of York and Mowbray. We are looking for someone who has vision to make these plans a reality, looking to bigger, more ambitious and more joined up solutions to water environmental problems at a landscape scale.

The successful candidate will be passionate about the water environment and will coordinate, facilitate and develop the plans of the partnership. The role will involve working with both internal staff and staff and volunteers from other organisations to network, connect people, look for opportunities, facilitate discussions and develop exciting projects which. The candidate will have experience of securing external funding and will both advise, assist and complete funding applications. The candidate will be comfortable talking to a range of people which will include residents, farmers, voluntary group members, government officials and other environmental practitioners.

The successful candidate will be a skilled facilitator, able to motivate and inspire but also self-motivated and able to work alone. The candidate will have the ability to engage with a range of water projects and not be entirely focused on one project type and be willing to travel across our area. The candidate will work closely with the Senior Catchment Partnership Officer for the Rivers Wharfe and Lower Ouse to ensure a joinedup approach across the two catchment partnership  

Project Officer Job Specification

Main objectives

  • Facilitate, coordinate and develop the catchment partnership
  • Engage with and support catchment partners
  • Network, connect people and facilitate discussions
  • Identify opportunities to improve the water environment
  • Promote the work of the DVRN and raise the profile of CaBA
  • Identify and apply for funding/ assist with funding applications
  • Make connections between groups and initiatives
  • Identify ways of doing things innovatively to bring about greater environmental change

Key responsibilities

  • Support catchment partnership organisations to identify, plan, fund and deliver water environment initiatives and projects
  • Organise, facilitate and deliver events to promote the work of the catchment partnership
  • Keep accurate records of all catchment partnership activities
  • Identify and apply to appropriate funding sources to extend the scope of projects and partnership work
  • Act in a resource-efficient way and minimise the impacts to the environment wherever possible
  • Promote the work of the Trust and wider DVRN in the course of day-to-day activities and at events, presenting a positive and welcoming image of the Trust to everyone

This job description cannot cover every issue or task that may arise. The successful candidate may be expected to carry out other duties which are consistent with the aim and objectives of the post.

Project Officer Job-holder competency profile

Qualifications & experience

  • A degree in a relevant discipline (Essential)
  • Current driving licence and vehicle which can be used for work purposes (Essential)
  • Experience in managing river restoration, land management and habitat improvement projects (Desirable)
  • Proven record of developing projects and bidding for funding Essential Experience of working with a diverse range of people (Essential)
  • Experience in facilitating workshops (Essential)
  • Experience in managing a budget (Essential)


  • A good general knowledge of river ecosystems (Essential)
  • A good general knowledge of land management and the constraints facing farmers and other land managers (Essential) 
  • A good knowledge of the Swale, Ure, Nidd and Ouse catchments (Desirable)


  • Ability to use Windows/ Microsoft Office-based computing skills including Word, Excel, Power Point and Email (Essential)
  • Ability to use Arc GIS software (Desirable)
  • Excellent administrative and organisational skills (Essential)
  • Ability to communicate using websites and social media (Desirable)
  • Ability to communicate with a variety of different people (Essential) 
  • Experience in producing funding applications (Essential)
  • Experience in managing own project budget (Desirable)
  • Ambitious, self- motivated and dynamic with an ability to work on own initiative (Essential)
  • Proactive and insightful, knowing when to seek help to solve problems at an early stage (Essential)
  • Highly resourceful and creative, with a proven ability to solve problems (Essential)
  • Ability to prioritise and organise resources to deliver work on time, to budget and agreed quality standards (Essential)
  • Ability to lead and inspire others (Essential)
  • Adaptable to be able to work both independently and as part of a team (Essential)
  • Capacity and aptitude to work flexibly, with occasional evening and weekend working (Essential)
  • Work space at home, conducive to productive home working (Essential)

Terms and conditions

The following terms and conditions are typically offered to Yorkshire Dales Rivers Trust staff and are set out as a guide only. Terms and conditions may vary according to circumstances and this summary does not form part of any subsequent employment contract.

Probationary period: Six months. During the probationary period, the contract may be terminated with one week’s notice.

Annual leave: 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays (increasing by one day per year after three years’ service up to a maximum of 30 days)

Pension: Contributory pension. The Trust contributes 6% salary (increasing each year to 16% by 2022).

Location: 8 Kings Court, Pateley Bridge, North Yorkshire, HG3 5JW  

To apply:

If you wish to apply, please send a CV (no more than two sides of A4) and covering letter (no more than two sides of A4), outlining how you meet the requirements of the person specification and job description and email to the Director of Yorkshire Dales Rivers Trust, Charles Forman [email protected]

Applications must be received no later than 17.00 on 18th May 2018

Interviews will be held on Thursday 31st May at Aysgarth Falls Hotel

If you would like more information on the role before submitting an application, you may contact Charles Forman by email or 07920 387 544.