River Operations Arboricultural Apprentice, Westcountry Rivers Trust

Location Stoke Climsland
Salary £See details
Closes June 19, 2019

Two-year apprentice position. Salary – first year at national apprentice wage, second year at national minimum wage. 25 days holiday per annum plus bank holidays.

As an environmental charity, we work across the South West to improve our rivers for the benefit of all.  We work with grants, water company funded initiatives and government funding to deliver change both in our rivers and on the land that they drain. We are looking for a highly motivated individual to join our River Ops. team.  This is a fantastic opportunity for the right candidate to work for Westcountry Rivers Trust (WRT), a dynamic and aspirational organisation at the forefront of environmental thinking and practical conservation in the UK today.

To apply:  Send your CV and a one page covering letter clearly marked as applying for the job of River Ops. Apprentice to: Westcountry Rivers Trust, Rain-Charm House, Kyl Cober Parc, Stoke Climsland, Cornwall  PL17 8PH or email to

Submission by: 5pm Wednesday 19 June 2019. Interviews will take place in the week commencing 1 July 2019.


The successful candidate will be a highly motivated individual, with a passion for working within the environmental conservation sector, and have the ability to work fully supported within a team and individually.

 Essential –

  • 5 GCSEs Grade A-C or equivalent
  • Good interpersonal skills with the ability to build positive working relationships
  • Reliable with good attendance
  • Ability to demonstrate initiative and identify your own performance objectives, taking responsibility for ensuring they are achieved, with support.
  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • Valid Full UK driving licence
  • Physically fit, to deliver the practical elements required by the role
  • The role will require you to be trained to carry out Aerial Tree work

Desirable –

  • Previous experience using Microsoft Office suite and similar applications
  • Some knowledge or experience of working in the rural environment
  • Some previous experience working in a practical role


  • To work within the River Ops. team assisting with the delivery of a range of habitat works, on a variety of projects which allow the Trust to achieve its charitable aims.
  • As part of the two-year apprenticeship you will attend college for 11 block weeks at different times throughout the duration of the role, where you will begin to build your portfolio of arboricultural chainsaw and climbing tickets.
  • You will also develop your knowledge, experience and understanding of rivers and fisheries while working for the trust, and from time to time be required to assist with habitat surveys, fishing beat maintenance and other activities that the WRT engages in.
  • Any PPE and equipment required for the position will be provided by WRT.
  • During your two-year apprenticeship we will provide you with any help and support you require, in order to allow you to grow and develop within your role.

The main place of work for the role will be the WRT offices in Stoke Climsland, Cornwall.  Although you will regularly be required to work with the River Ops. team at sites throughout the South West.

The position is for 37.5 hours per week, with regular office hours being 09:00-17:00 although from time to time we may require you to be flexible, depending on the work schedule each day. Occasionally the role may necessitate you to travel and stay away for training or work purposes.

The post will report to Ben Gallant, River Habitat Officer

River Operations Arboricultural Apprentice, Westcountry Rivers Trust

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