Job Opportunity –

West Wales Rivers Project Officer

  • West Wales based, with travel required within the counties of Ceredigion, Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire.
  • Full time working (5 days per week, 8 hour days). Monday-Friday. There may be the requirement for occasional evening or weekend working, but this will be kept to a minimum and will be accommodated within flexible working arrangements.
  • This is a full-time position on an initial 1 year fixed term contract, subject to a satisfactory 2 month probationary period.

Salary: £30,000 per annum

Closing date: Friday 11th January 2019

 

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 deliver a varied suite of projects across the West Wales Rivers Trust area.

The projects will include undertaking walkover surveys along rivers within the Trust’s area to identify habitat improvement and easement projects, the development and prioritisation of identified projects, seeing through to delivery identified restoration works, some monitoring work and community engagement. In addition you will be responsible for the delivery of an established liming programme on the Doethie catchment and participate in the delivery of projects on the Eastern Cleddau (below Llys y Fran dam) in conjunction with a steering group made up of project partners.

A desired outcome of the 1 year contract is the securing of further funding to make the West Wales Rivers Project Officer post self financing, and so there will be opportunities for the successful applicant to contribute to the preparation of project bids and an incentive 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 C.V. 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: admin@westwalesriverstrust.org

The closing date for applications is midnight on Friday 11th January 2019. Interviews will be held during the week commencing 4th February 2019 with a view to offering the successful candidate a start date in March 2019.

 

 

More information on the role of the West Wales Rivers Project Officer

The West Wales Rivers Trust (WWRT) is looking to appoint a West Wales Rivers Project Officer to deliver a suite of projects across its area of coverage.

The post will focus on the delivery of an established liming programme on the Doethie catchment, delivery of projects on the Eastern Cleddau (below Llys y Fran dam) in conjunction with a steering group made up of project partners, the undertaking of walkover surveys along rivers within the Trust’s area to identify habitat improvement and easement projects and the delivery of restoration works that are prioritised from surveys and/or are specified via funds secured for specific action on named watercourses.

Community and stakeholder engagement and working with volunteers will be an important aspect of this role and some monitoring and data analysis work will also be required as part of the post.

Day to day management support would be provided by the Senior Executive Officer within WWRT, whilst a Trustee from the Board will be appointed as an additional point of contact. 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 and with wider partners via meetings of the already established Habitats groups, but most of the work would be on a home working basis.

Quarterly progress reports will be required for review by the WWRT Trustees. Final reports will be required as appropriate depending on requirements of individual project funders and these will need to describe the work undertaken and the progress towards achievement of any specific project objectives.

Background

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 – West Wales Rivers Project Officer

 

Role and Responsibilities in brief – likely areas of work:

  • Delivery of Doethie liming programme – in consultation with WWRT trustees, technical advisor and volunteers
  • Undertaking walkover survey work and identifying habitat improvement and easement projects. Followed by the development and prioritisation of identified projects.
  • Delivery of identified restoration work – e.g. delivery of restoration works that have been identified in the Tywi and Teifi restoration plans drawn up by Afonydd Cymru.
  • Development and co-ordination of projects identified to utilise civil sanction funds held by WWRT
  • Liaise with WWRT partners (inc NRW, DCWW, Local Authorities and Carmarthen Fishermen’s Federation) in the planning and implementation of projects
  • Carry out monitoring and data analysis – to include activities required under the liming project and gathering of information on other watercourses as appropriate: e.g.
    • Undertake a defined programme of water quality, invertebrate, and fisheries surveys in liaison with Natural Resources Wales (NRW) and WWRT volunteer staff.
    • Deployment of continuous water quality instrumentation to monitor pH and other water quality variables in liaison with NRW.
    • Invertebrate kick samples to be processed to a defined level of identification
    • Fisheries surveys to be conducted using standard methods.
    • Analyse survey results, producing quarterly updates and a final report as required
  • Assistance with preparing project bids
  • To plan and coordinate some of the activities of WWRT volunteers assisting with the projects.
  • Report to the Senior Executive Officer providing monthly timesheets and expenses.
  • Attend quarterly meetings of the WWRT Habitats groups.

 

Qualifications, Skills and Experience

  • The post holder should have a minimum of a BSc qualification in a life science and have practical experience in undertaking and reporting ecological projects.
  • Specific experience in water quality monitoring, freshwater ecology and the identification of invertebrates would be an advantage.
  • 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 the usual suite of software packages –including Word, Excel, Powerpoint  (MS Office)
  • Must hold a full UK driving licence and have access to their own vehicle that can be used for WWRT business.

Desirable Skills

  • An ability to work with and motivate volunteers
  • Able to operate water quality monitoring equipment such as pH meters
  • The processing of water quality and ecological data and report preparation
  • Invertebrate identification to family and species level in specific invertebrate groups
  • Trained in electro-fishing
  • Some knowledge or experience in the use of GIS mapping software.