Local recruitment: Rivers Project Officer via LinkedIn

River Waveney Trust

Harleston, UK 🇬🇧

About the job


River Waveney Trust – Rivers Project Officer

Salary: £27,000 full time annual salary

Duration: 18-month contract until March 2023 (with the intention to extend or make permanent subject to funding).

Location: Home based (within reasonable travelling distance of the Waveney Valley, Norfolk/Suffolk).

We are seeking to employ a Rivers Project Officer for an exciting 18-month position, funded by a recent successful bid to the Green Recovery Challenge Fund. The full-time officer will lead on a project to bring together river users by improving canoe access, creating a volunteer canoe river warden scheme, carrying out practical river restoration projects and engaging with riparian landowners and other river users.

The main responsibilities will be to:

  1. Bring together multiple river users: local communities, canoeists/kayakers, anglers, landowners and conservation organisations.
  2. Carry out kayak surveys of the River Waveney to identify access and biodiversity projects.
  3. Set up a long-term volunteer River Warden scheme to survey the river by canoe/kayak and organise and run volunteer workparties along the river.
  4. Successfully engage with riparian landowners to secure sites for river restoration and habitat projects and collate the information on ArcGIS.
  5. Create educational materials on the benefits of woody material in the river channel and run events on the same topic to inform and educate stakeholders.

The role will suit an experienced and self-motivated individual with a good knowledge and experience of river restoration, working with volunteers and landowners, plus excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

It is an exciting opportunity for the right person to join our small team. There will be opportunities to help shape the future of the Trust and take a role in its development as an organisation.

The Trust currently comprises a team of dedicated trustees and volunteers, a Catchment Project Officer and a Development Manager, who will work closely with the new project officer.


  • Engage with the local community, canoe/kayak users, anglers, conservation groups and land managers and foster positive relationships between the different groups.
  • Recruit and train River Warden volunteers for a long-term citizen science project.
  • Carry out kayak surveys of the river with River Wardens in order to identify access issues, environmental and water quality improvement projects, invasive species and fish migration barriers.
  • Provide one-to-one advice and training to riparian land managers on in-channel large woody material, riparian tree planting, water quality interventions and the creation of corridors and buffers.
  • Secure projects with land managers on privately owned land along the river.
  • Design and implement projects along the river, both working with volunteers and securing contractors.
  • Map options for habitat connectivity projects along the main river.
  • Educate stakeholders and organise training on river restoration – particularly the benefits of in-channel large woody material.
  • Produce materials on river restoration including a new webpage.
  • Respond to queries on river access issues from members of the public and land managers.
  • Progress canoe access and safety issues on the river such as difficult portage points and lengths of river with no access arrangements.
  • Design and install new canoe trail interpretation boards.
  • Collect data in Excel and ArcGIS to facilitate project delivery and evaluation of the project success.
  • Run public and on-farm events and talks to promote the project and river restoration.
  • Use social media channels regularly to promote the project.
  • Disseminate project findings to relevant bodies throughout the UK.


  • Work with partners to deliver the project – including the Environment Agency; Broads Authority; Groundwork; Canoe England, The Wild Trout Trust and Essex and Suffolk Water.
  • Attend relevant catchment and partnership meetings as necessary.
  • Contribute to reports as required for internal reporting and funders.
  • Contribute to funding bids as required to ensure sustainability of the project.
  • Carry out all duties and responsibilities with reasonable care for the health and safety of oneself and any other persons and co-operate fully with the River Waveney Trust in health and safety matters.
  • Any other duties as reasonably required by RWT.

Please note:

ArcGIS training will be provided as well as kayak instructor training and first aid on water training.

Our current Catchment Officer will be working closely with the successful candidate to provide advice to land managers on the creation of on-farm water quality interventions such as silt traps.


Essential criteria

  • Knowledge of river restoration and riparian habitat management, including delivering projects, with a minimum 2 years of experience.
  • Degree or equivalent qualification/experience in land management or conservation.
  • Experience of working with farmers and land managers.
  • Knowledge of farming and soil and water conservation.
  • Experience of working with volunteers.
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills including face-to-face and over the phone.
  • Experience of working collaboratively with partner organisations.
  • Excellent communicator with proven track record in developing strong working relationships with varied stakeholders.
  • Reliable with excellent organisational skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to provide clear and concise written material for a variety of audiences.
  • Computer literate in all basic software packages.
  • Excellent time management and the ability to prioritise a varied workload.
  • An ability to work with minimal supervision.

Desirable criteria

  • Previous experience of delivering funded projects with deadlines.
  • Canoe or kayak experience.
  • Previous experience of organising and running events.
  • Previous experience of delivering conservation projects in an agricultural setting including working with contractors.
  • Understanding of the current environmental legislation relevant to conservation projects in a farmed landscape.
  • Knowledge of invasive species control on rivers.
  • Some knowledge of ArcGIS.
  • Knowledge of the Waveney catchment.


Salary: £27,000 full-time annual salary.

Contract period: The position is full time, on an 18-month fixed-term contract, with the intention to extend or make permanent subject to performance and funding. The appointment will be subject to a 6-month probationary period.

Annual leave: Annual leave entitlement is 25 days plus public holidays.

Hours of work: The working week is 37.5 hours. Some evening or weekend work may occasionally be required for which time off in lieu can be taken. No overtime will be paid.

Pension: A contributory pensions scheme is offered with the National Employment Savings Trust (NEST), with employees contribution set at 4%.

Driving licence and vehicle: A full driving licence and access to own vehicle is required. Mileage expenses will be paid at £0.45 a mile.


Please email your completed application form and covering letter to Martha Meek, Development Manager at the River Waveney Trust [email protected]

If you would like to discuss the role further, please make contact on the above email.

Find the application form at: https://www.riverwaveneytrust.org/rivers-project-officer/

Closing date: 11.59pm on Sunday 29th August 2021.

Interview dates: Monday 6th September (zoom).

   Tuesday 7th September on the river (Location TBC, Norfolk/Suffolk).