We are recruiting NFM Project Officers

19th March 2018 - General Catchment

Position: NFM Project Officer (x 2)

Location: West Cumbria

Salary: Starting on £25,140 per annum plus 6% pension. Full time, permanent.

West Cumbria Rivers Trust is working with a number of partner organisations to deliver a range of Natural Flood Management (NFM) projects across West Cumbria.This includes two significant DEFRA-funded projects which will contribute to the national NFM evidence base.These projects will help to slow the flow of water running through our catchments to benefit communities at risk of flooding, whilst also improving water quality and biodiversity – making a positive difference to people and the environment.

Working closely with partnership organisations and local communities, the NFM Project Officers will be responsible for working with farmers and landowners to draw up, deliver and monitor a range of NFM interventions across catchments that both fit with farm business models and have maximum impact.

The successful candidates will have a degree in an environmental or agricultural discipline and at least 2 years experience in successful project delivery of river/NFM related projects.Building and maintaining positive working relationships with the farmers and landowners whose land upon which project interventions will be delivered is a key aspect of this role, therefore a strong background of working with farmers and landowners is essential.You will be a self-starter who can demonstrate a committed, mature and flexible approach and have the passion to take our NFM projects to the next level. You will also have excellent organisational, communication and reporting skills.

West Cumbria Rivers Trust is a registered environmental charity dedicated to the preservation and improvement of the wildlife and habitats of rivers, lakes and the surrounding countryside in West Cumbria. We are a young and successful Rivers Trust with a territory covering several principal river catchments which include seven iconic lakes spanning a substantial part of the Lake District National Park and West Cumbria. We have an impressive track record of successful delivery of projects and a steady growth and the successful candidates will help deliver the expanding number of projects we have in our catchments.

You will be part of a friendly and supportive team based in Keswick, Cumbria, reporting to one of the Trust’s Assistant Directors and supported by the Director, WCRT’s Trustees and staff.

If you believe that you have the passion, commitment and skills to take forward this exciting opportunity forward then we would like to hear from you. For further details please visit the West Cumbria Rivers Trust website: www.westcumbriariverstrust.org/contact/jobs. If you would like to discuss the post further please contact Vikki Salas, WCRT Assistant Director on 017687 75429 or email vikki@westcumbriariverstrust.org.

To apply for this post please send your CV with a covering letter setting out your experience and qualifications as highlighted in the job specification to vikki@westcumbriariverstrust.org.

The closing date for applications is midnight on Thursday 5th April 2018. Interviews will be held in Keswick, Cumbria on Monday 16th April 2018.

The full job description is available here