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Community Support Officer

Location: Office is based in Llangollen, North Wales but the position will be working in West Cheshire. Flexible working options are available.Salary: £22- 28,000 p.a. subject to experience.Pension: Option of the Rivers Trust pension scheme; Employees contribution of 4% and employers contribution of 9%.Holidays: 25 Days + Bank Holidays.Contract: Full time (37.5 hours per week). Fixed-term contract until March 2023.Reports To: Programme Manager About Welsh Dee Trust: A member of the wider Rivers Trust movement; The Welsh Dee Trust is a small independent charity working to restore the brooks, streams and rivers of the Dee catchment for both wildlife and people. The trust has undergone recent expansion and has developed five key programmes of work, tackling individual problems faced by the river. Job Overview: The Community Officer will work on our It Shouldn’t be in the Dee’ work programme. This programme looks to engage and support local communities in identifying the sources and solutions for water pollution. This will involve training volunteers in approaches for measuring water quality, organising litter pick days to tackle plastic pollution, and providing education days around other sources of water pollution. This post is funded as part of the Dee Blue Recovery project and will be working on the River Dee catchment in West Cheshire. Responsibilities and Duties Work with local communities in the project region to identify sources and solutions for water pollution.Provide advice to communities on the regulations concerning freshwater pollution.Organise and run events focused on peer to peer learning within target regions.Train volunteers in citizen science techniques for monitoring water quality.Knowledge and Experience: Essential: Outgoing and personableKnowledge of water quality problemsExperience in organising volunteer events.Ability to coordinate multiple workstreams.Ability to use Windows/​Microsoft Office.Full driving licence and your own vehicle.Desirable: Knowledge of environmental legislation relating to the water environment.Experience in managing contractors.Welsh-speakingTo apply please email your CV and a cover letter to [email protected]​welshdeetrust.​com Closing Date: 7th December 2021

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PhD opportunity: Monitoring the Impact of Green Infrastructure using Citizen Science in Urban and Rural Catchments

ONE Planet offers a cohort-based doctoral training partnership at Newcastle and Northumbria Universities. The Natural and Environmental Research Council (NERC) funds the partnership. For more information, click here. Urban and rural environments face a range of pressures and impacts as a result of extreme weather events, including flooding, which are projected to increase in frequency and severity with climate change. Green infrastructure (GI) measures, such as sustainable drainage systems (SuDS) and natural flood management (NFM), are being used across the UK and internationally as a result. Although GI techniques have the potential to offer multiple benefits, the evidence-base is still inadequate as interactions are complex, preventing widespread uptake [1]. Citizen Science (CS) has enabled the general public to work alongside scientists and researchers to co-produce new knowledge across a range of environmental disciplines. This participatory approach has been implemented in the water management sector, and policy frameworks welcome the involvement of communities [2,3]. However robust monitoring methods are yet to be developed. This cross-disciplinary project aims to co-develop, test and evaluate a GI orientated CS monitoring toolkit which uses a range of cost-effective and innovative techniques. Working in various community settings for comparison, the monitoring programme will provide evidence associated with the value of CS (as a monitoring technique) and report on the effectiveness and maintenance of various GI measures investigated. The candidate will work alongside the National Green Infrastructure Facility (NGIF), Northumbria University, Tyne Rivers Trust (TRT) and urban and rural community groups across the NE of England. A variety of desk-based, stakeholder engagement and hydrometric fieldwork techniques are envisaged, will expand on previous projects such as the Haltwhistle Burn and My Tyne, and will have access to NGIF’s laboratory. The candidate will benefit from an exciting training package, including opportunities and networking offered through partners. This PhD will specifically develop fieldwork, engagement, participatory, citizen science, water management and data visualisation skills which are crucial in today’s water and climate change sector. 1 Walsh et al. (2015) Putting green infrastructure to the test for urban catchments; 2 Buytaert et al.(2014) https://​doi​.org/​10​.​3389​/​feart.…; 3 Starkey et al. (2017)https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhyd…

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Senior Land Advisor

The Westcountry Rivers Trust is a charity with operations throughout the South West of England. We work with farmers, land owners, government departments and other charities and NGOs to ensure healthy rivers and that landscapes are closer to their natural state with an abundance of native fish and other wildlife; that rivers and catchments are understood, valued, and actively protected by communities; and that our catchments reduce our contribution to climate change and are more resilient to its inevitable impacts. We work with grants, water company funded initiatives, government funding and through commercial activities to deliver positive change both in our rivers and on the land that they drain. We are looking for an experienced, self-starting Senior Land Advisor to join our team delivering water quality and biodiversity improvements in key catchments in the South West. We are recruiting for two Senior Land Advisors, one will be focused on our UST project in the Tamar and the other will be working on a number of projects across the team. This is a fantastic opportunity for the right candidates to work for Westcountry Rivers Trust, 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 to https://​hr​.breathehr​.com/​v​/​s​e​n​i​o​r​-​l​a​n​d​-​a​d​v​i​s​o​r​-​20012 For further information see https://​www​.wrt​.org​.uk/ Submission by: 19th December 2021 Interviews will take place during 19th, 20th and 21st January 2021. Job Description: The Senior Land Advisor will report to one of the two Land Team Project Managers, whilst working alongside other Land Advisors and colleagues at the Westcountry Rivers Trust. Your role will be to apply your practical and professional knowledge and experience in the Agricultural and Environmental sectors with farmer and landowner engagement, to identify and develop opportunities in catchment management and meet project remit and delivery targets. You will be involved in projects that seek to improve water quality abstracted from key rivers which enter the drinking water supply and reduce the levels of treatment required, through proactively tackling water quality at source. The role will involve visiting farms, engaging with Farmers, writing farm plans and offering advice and signposting to appropriate grant funding to deliver positive changes to land management. These changes will include infrastructure enhancements and improvements as well as wider changes that deliver increased biodiversity, habitat improvements, build resilience to climate change, mitigate flood risk or increasing Carbon sequestration. The approach is win-win; for the farm environment and farm businesses. Working as a senior advisor requires a complex suite of skills and experience which includes professional qualifications as well as practical on the ground experience, an ability to engage a diverse audience at all levels, scientific or technical expertise and an approachable and trustworthy personality to allow WRT to build on our existing presence and reputation locally. The Trust prides itself on its ability to provide scientifically grounded advice in a confidential role which requires strong interpersonal skills, the overall aim to support sustainable best farm practice and encourage uptake of positive actions. This is a permanent full-time role of 37.5 hours per week. Responsibilities: To take ownership as the senior advisor in the catchment of project deliverables, targets and deadlines.Proactively develop leads and contacts and build on WRT’s existing coverage across the catchments to engage directly with farmers, landowners and growers to raise awareness of the project and build opportunities for targeted project delivery.Develop and deliver tailored farm advice, plans, reports or events as part of a programme of water and land management improvements, achieving Project objectives and timescales.Proactively build contacts across sectors to further identify opportunities which align with WRT’s charitable objectives and achieve partners’ objectives. Projects include Upstream Thinking 3, Countryside Stewardship, Catchment Sensitive Farming, England Woodland Creation Offer, Farming in Protected Landscapes, Forest for Cornwall, Woodland planting or Community initiatives etc.Work and liaise with other members of the Land Team, other WRT teams and relevant Project Partners delivery teams to ensure clear communication and demonstrate progress or outcomes.Contributing to knowledge share amongst Land Team and the wider Trust.Undertake surveys, monitoring (e.g. water quality, soil or nutrient) or analysis as required, supporting evidence of actions for case studies, reports and project promotion.Co-ordinate, attend and contribute to relevant meetings, workshops or stakeholder groups to achieve project aims and to share best practice, raise awareness and promote WRTs role.Work closely with Project Managers to ensure project outputs, deadlines and reporting are met as well as with other key members of WRT.General advocacy of the Trust to promote and deliver services to funders, clients, and partners.You may be asked to contribute to other relevant activities inc. developing ideas, identifying options for new work, drafting bids or tenders.This role requires regular local travel within the catchment, local area, WRT office and meetings.Person specification Knowledge and Experience: Appropriate Degree level qualification (or equivalent work experience) in an Agricultural or conservation/​farming related discipline.Sound knowledge of agriculture and local farming practices including Agri-Environment schemes and relevant policies and legislation, in particular soil and water conservation.Experience of catchment-scale approaches and processes, familiar with concepts of Ecosystem Services, Natural Capital, Natural Flood Management, Nature based Solutions etc.Confident and competent in delivery of tailored farm advice, interpretation and feedback of data eg. nutrient plans, soil data.Knowledge & competence in Microsoft Office applications, accuracy & attention to detail with record keeping.Experience in managing projects from set up to completion.Local area knowledge an advantage.Proven experience in handling Countryside Stewardship or Woodland Grant applications (D).Skills and Competencies: A proactive approach and evidence of using own initiative with effective problem-solving skills.Ability to project manage and take the lead role in meeting the project deliverables for the catchment.Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to communicate, engage and present at multiple levels and across different sectors.Ability to develop and maintain good working relations with internal staff and external clients.Confident networker with the ability to identify and develop potential opportunities or leads.Adaptable and organised in prioritising workload, managing conflicting demands and working effectively to deadlines with minimum supervision.Ability to influence stakeholders and negotiate outcomes.Ability to travel regularly and to remote sites.A professional and businesses orientated approach.A sound working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook.FACTS/BASIS trained (D).The above are Essential criteria unless indicated as Desirable (D)

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