Senior Rivers Officer (Somerset and Dorset area)

Location catchments of Somerset, with occasional work in Dorset and further afield
Salary £22,000 - £24,700
Closes January 27, 2020

Westcountry Rivers Trust                                                            

This is a Grade 3 role with a salary between £22,000 – £24,700 (dependent on experience) plus benefits including 8% pension.

This is a permanent full-time role of 37.5 hours per week.

The Westcountry Rivers Trust 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.

The Somerset and Dorset (Wessex) area of the trust has been an area of exciting developments in terms of fisheries and catchment scale projects. The diverse work can range from providing fisheries and river expertise for larger partner led, multiple benefit projects to bespoke and specialist fisheries work and everything in between.

To apply: Send your CV and a one page covering letter clearly marked as applying for the job of Senior Rivers Officer to Westcountry Rivers Trust, Rain-Charm House, Kyl Cober Parc, Stoke Climsland, Cornwall PL17 8PH or email to – For further information see

Submission by: midnight Monday 27th January 2020, it is likely that interviews will be held the week beginning 17th February.

Job Description:

This Senior Rivers Officer position has been created to support our Fisheries Scientist and Wessex area team leader. The role will help deliver and manage small to medium scale fisheries and river catchment projects, often in partnership with other organisations. The work will be predominantly based on the catchments of Somerset, with occasional work in Dorset and further afield. The role will also be expected to promote and develop the strategic aims of the Trust and its commercial delivery arm (Westcountry Rivers Limited). Work commitments will generally be based within the Somerset area (with Taunton being a hub for projects and partners).

The work streams are diverse and varied but most have fisheries themes as the main focus. The current list of projects involves habitat enhancement, eel monitoring, catchment strategies, electrofishing, gravel augmentations and fish passage solutions, to name a few.

The successful candidate will also be expected to visit the Trust’s Cornwall (Launceston area) office regularly to stay in touch with the Fisheries and Rivers Team and there will be a need to travel to multiple sites. There is also a Topsham (Exeter) office that can also be used for working closely with the line manager. In addition there maybe opportunities to work from home to be agreed with your line manager if deemed suitable.


  • Project manage small to medium scale projects.
  • Fisheries and ecological based field surveys (barrier assessment, walkovers, electrofishing, etc).
  • To work up funding bids (£10 – £50K+).
  • Help develop and deliver commercial marketing opportunities for fisheries work.
  • Represent WRT at relevant meetings with clients, partners and funders as well as showcasing the work of WRT when opportunities arise.
  • Deliver high quality outputs in terms of reporting and data analysis.
  • Build and maintain good local and national connections.
  • Assisting other staff with river related projects, when required.
  • Assisting with WRT’s river operations team.

Person Specification

Essential Criteria

  • Relevant degree.
  • A keen interest and/or knowledge in coarse fish species, eels and salmonids.
  • Fisheries field work experience.
  • Excellent report writing experience (with examples of outputs).
  • Experience of data analysis.
  • Ability to present WRT’s work to partners and stakeholders.
  • Ability to manage own workload.
  • An understanding of pressures, drivers and funding sources related to river and fisheries conservation.
  • An understanding of the catchment-based approach.
  • Able to undertake field work.
  • Experience of funding and bid writing (with examples of outputs).

Desirable Criteria

  • Relevant post-graduation qualification.
  • Minimum of 3 years fisheries or river related work experience.
  • Member of the Institute of Fisheries Management (IFM).
  • IFM Electrofishing qualification.
  • Experience of aquatic ecological surveys.
  • IFM certificate or diploma qualifications.
  • Successful fund-raising background.
  • Knowledge of land management practices.
  • An understanding of the Wessex landscape.
  • Experience using GIS software.



Senior Rivers Officer (Somerset and Dorset area)

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