Catchment Officer – Don Catchment Rivers Trust

Location South Yorkshire & NE Derbyshire
Salary £22,000
Closes February 8, 2019

Don Catchment Rivers Trust (DCRT) has received a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to deliver our Hidden Heritage Secret Streams project. 

Our project will bring together the natural heritage of the River Rother with the heritage of the industrial revolution that changed it.  Our £775,000 project will primarily improve, protect and promote the fascinating natural and industrial heritage of the River Rother to benefit communities in North East Derbyshire. Our project will do this by:

  • Re-meandering a section of the River Rother, to improve its natural processes and biodiversity
  • Creating a volunteer programme that will improve local rivers and streams, and benefit people and communities
  • Providing opportunities for people and communities to learn from the river heritage around them and to develop new skills and interact with their heritage in new ways.

DCRT are now looking for a suitable candidate to fill the post of Catchment Officer – Rother for 3 years. Our main office is in Doncaster, and you will need to be able to travel to the project area in North East Derbyshire and a project office in Chesterfield. Weekend and evening working outside of agreed office hours will be required.


Job Title:                  Catchment Officer – Rother

Accountable to:      Project Manager

Working with:          Community Engagement Officer and Project Apprentice / Assistant

Hours:                       40 hours per week

Salary:                       £22,000, with 3% yearly increase

Contract:                  Fixed term, 3 years

Location:                  St. Catherine’s House, Doncaster, and Chesterfield.


Job Purpose: 

To work with the Community Engagement Officer to deliver the Activity Plan for the Hidden Heritage Secret Streams project. Specifically focusing on leading conservation volunteers, river improvements and engaging stakeholders with the catchment based approach along the River Rother.

Main Responsibilities:

  • Lead and supervise volunteer conservation/working parties and in conjunction with the Community Engagement Officer, identify opportunities for them to actively contribute to the Hidden Heritage Secret Streams project
  • Establish links with riparian landowners and stakeholders, to tackle issues and carry out improvement schemes as highlighted in the project Activity Plan
  • Deliver education and participation activities as required
  • Represent the Don Catchment Rivers Trust at meetings and events as required

Other Responsibilities:

  • Promote the work, mission and vision of the HHSS Project, recognising and acknowledging the role of Don Catchment Rivers Trust and funders at all appropriate times.
  • Ensure a high level of customer service in all dealings with the public.
  • Ensure continuous development of skills and knowledge required for the post, undergoing training and performance review as required by the Trust.
  • Work within all the policies and procedures of the Trust, ensuring own compliance with the Trust’s health and safety policies and procedures and that of any staff and resources for which you are responsible.
  • Comply with all legal and contractual obligations concerning the responsibilities of your post.
  • Supervise and support volunteers as appropriate to your role.
  • Carry out any other reasonable duties commensurate with the level of responsibility of the post, as requested by the Director and Board of Trustees

Person Specification:


  • Full driving licence, preferably clean, with access to a vehicle
  • Understanding of and commitment towards current environment issues
  • Current licenses and tickets for machinery in order to carry out practical tasks
  • Understanding of the catchment based approach and river processes
  • Monitoring and evaluation of projects
  • Working with / co-ordinating a range of organisations
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • A wide range of IT skills including word-processing and spreadsheets
  • The ability to work effectively and communicate with people from a wide range of disciplines
  • Able to work co-operatively as part of a team
  • Self-motivation
  • Able to motivate others
  • Knowledge of relevant Health and Safety regulations
  • Physically able to get to sites not accessible by vehicle


  • Knowledge of the organisations involved in the Don Catchment and their roles
  • Relevant degree or higher education qualification
  • Giving presentations to a variety of audiences
  • Understanding of training and education issues
  • Negotiating and managing contracts
  • Using computer database systems and social media

Key Dates:

Applications to be received by:      8th February 2019

Interviews will be held on:              Tuesday, 19th February 2019

Job to commence on:                      1st March 2019, or subject to notice period

Catchment Officer – Don Catchment Rivers Trust

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