River Operations Arboricultural Apprentice

Location Stoke Climsland PL17 8PH
Salary £4.15 per hour for the first year, thereafter National Minimum Wage plus benefits including pension
Closes March 18, 2020

Westcountry Rivers Trust
River Operations Arboricultural Apprentice

This is a two-year apprenticeship and is a full-time role of 37.5 hours per week.

Hours: Normal office hours are 9am to 5pm 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.

Salary: The first year will be paid at National Apprenticeship Wage (£4.15 per hour) and the second year at National Minimum Wage plus benefits including pension.

Place of Work: 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 Westcountry Rivers Trust (WRT) is an environmental charity that works across the South West to improve our rivers for the benefit of all. We work with EU 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 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 For further information see or contact the office on 01579 372140.
Submission by: 5pm Wednesday 18 March 2020. Interviews will take place in the week commencing Monday 30 March 2020.

Job Description:
• 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.
• Duties will include tree pruning, felling, and dismantling, operating and maintaining tools and machinery, aerial tree inspections using climbing equipment and elevated platforms.
• You will develop your knowledge, experience, and understanding of rivers and fisheries while working for WRT, and from time-to-time be required to assist with habitat surveys, fishing beat maintenance, electrofishing, and other activities that WRT engages in.
• As part of the two-year apprenticeship, you will attend college for a number of 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. Accessing a tree using rope and harness will form part of this role and is a requirement of successfully completing the apprenticeship program.
• To follow WRT Health and Safety Policy and procedures.
• You may be given other duties from time to time by your line manager.

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. Any PPE and equipment required for the position will be provided by WRT.

Person Specification:

Please address in your application how you meet the following:

• 5 GCSEs Grade A-C or equivalent.
• A genuine interest in arboriculture.
• Good interpersonal skills with the ability to build positive working relationships.
• Reliable with a positive attitude to work.
• Ability to demonstrate initiative and contribute to identifying your own performance objectives, taking responsibility for ensuring they are achieved with support.
• Good written and verbal communication skills.
• The role will require you to be trained to carry out aerial tree work and this will be a frequent requirement of the role, therefore you need to be physically able to safely deliver these practical elements.
• Able to travel to various remote sites and work outdoors in all weathers.
• An awareness and understanding of the importance of health and safety.

• Previous experience using Microsoft Office suite and similar applications.
• Some knowledge or experience of working in a rural environment.
• Some previous experience working in a practical role.
• Experience of working as part of a team.

Note 1: You must not hold an existing qualification at the same or higher level as this apprenticeship in a similar subject.
Note 2: There is Electrofishing Survey training on the 2 and 3 May which we would like the successful candidate to attend.

River Operations Arboricultural Apprentice

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