Vacancy: Trust Development Officer


£18,000 PA

  • Part Time
  • Fixed Term Contract


Sectors: Conservation & Wildlife, Water and Hydrology

Closing Date: Wednesday 20th December 2017

Trust Development Officer

West Wales based, with some travel required within the counties of Ceredigion, Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire.

2.5 days per week. Working pattern to be discussed at interview stage.

This is a part-time position on a 1 year fixed term contract, subject to a satisfactory 2 month probationary period.

This is an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic individual with a keen interest in the river environment. You will work with the support of West Wales Rivers Trusts Senior Executive Officer, Trustees and Technical Advisor to develop and implement a funding strategy. This will involve approaching businesses and other partners to build core funds and also the preparation of project bids to a variety of funding organisations to develop a rolling programme of community, education and river restoration projects that will sustain the work of the Trust.

A desired outcome of the 1 year contract is the securing of further funding to make the Trust Development Officer post self financing, and so there is an incentive and opportunity for the successful applicant to continue in the role after the initial 1 year fixed term.

A detailed person specification and job description can be found below.

To apply, please send your up to date CV and a detailed covering letter, demonstrating your suitability in terms of the job advertised and the skills required, to our Senior Executive Officer, Helen Jobson, by email at:

The closing date for applications is midnight on Wednesday 20th December 2017. Interviews will be held during the week commencing 15th January 2018 with a view to offering the successful candidate a start date in February 2018.

West Wales Rivers Trust – Trust Development Officer

The West Wales Rivers Trust (WWRT) is looking to appoint a Trust Development Officer to deliver a project funded by Carmarthenshire County Council. The post will focus on securing the future of the Trust through the development and implementation of a core funding strategy. It will involve approaching businesses and other potential benefactors and also the preparation of projects and bids to a variety of funding sources. The primary aim is the establishment of a rolling programme of projects that will sustain the work of the Trust. An important element of the project will be contributions to the Trust’s web site, and other social media platforms, as well as promotional material illustrating its work and prime objectives of river restoration and community education and participation.

Day to day management support would be provided by the Senior Executive Officer within WWRT, whilst a Trustee with a financial background would provide direction on core funding and business engagement. A Technical Advisor to WWRT would also provide support on scientific and technical matters. There would be regular meetings with those in the Trust involved in managing the projects, but most of the work would be on a home working basis.

Quarterly progress reports will be required for review by a project management board. A final report will also be required that will describe the work undertaken and the progress towards achievement of project objectives.


The West Wales Rivers Trust (WWRT) was formed in January 2017 by the amalgamation of the Pembrokeshire and Teifi Rivers Trusts, and the expansion of project activity into the county of Carmarthenshire. The WWRT has continued the work of the former Trusts to protect and restore rivers, streams, reservoirs and lakes, with the consequent benefits to aquatic and terrestrial species, and also to promote public understanding of the aquatic environments and the need for their protection and improvement.

Rivers Trusts have charitable status and have been successful in obtaining funding from a variety of sources including the European Union, Welsh Government, Natural Resources Wales, Dwr Cymru Welsh Water, business and charitable funding institutions. Through this funding, and with the assistance of volunteers, we have undertaken extensive projects including fencing and planting schemes to improve the river environment, the easement of obstructions to the passage of fish and the restoration of catchments impacted by acid rain. We have also engaged with communities through attending shows, organising training events and completing school education projects to improve understanding of the aquatic environment.

Full Job Description – Trust Development Officer


To contribute to the development of the West Wales Rivers Trust by:

  • With the assistance of WWRT’s Trustees and the Technical Advisor assist in the further development of the WWRT business plan and core funding strategy.
  • Approaching businesses and other potential benefactors to secure core funding for the Trust.
  • Preparing projects for submission to various funding sources including Leader +, European Maritime Fisheries Fund, Natural Resources Wales, Welsh Government, Local Authorities, RDP, Heritage Lottery Grant, Landfill Tax and Renewable Energy Community Funds.
  • The gathering of information (e.g. water quality and fisheries data) to support the need for funding bids.
  • Facilitate production of promotional materials including newsletter articles and website updates.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience

  • Educated to degree standard preferably in an environmental discipline related to the work of WWRT.
  • Experience in the preparation of project proposals and funding bids.
  • Any knowledge of freshwater environmental legislation, environmental strategies of Welsh Government and topics relevant to WWRT, such as fisheries management, would be of benefit.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Good organisational skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to work to deadlines, demonstrate time management skills and prioritise workload across a range of responsibilities.
  • IT skills including MS Office packages and ability to make contributions to web site development and social media communication.
  • Full driving licence.


  • Facilitate agreements with 10 businesses for contributions to the Trust’s core funds.
  • Prepare bids to 10 funding sources.
  • Secure funding for the continuation of the Trust Development Officer post.
  • Contribute to the Trusts website and social media feeds to raise the Trusts profile and develop its corporate image.
  • Complete quarterly progress reports and claim forms and a final end of project report.
  • Complete monthly timesheets and travel expense claims for submission to the Trust’s Senior Executive Officer.

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