Access to Eden Project Manager


We have a rare opportunity for an exceptional project manager to join us and work with an experienced team on the delivery of Access to Eden: breaking barriers, building bridges, a £2m+ project supported by The National Lottery Heritage Fund to improve access – through opportunity and conservation, to the glorious landscape of the River Eden, East Cumbria.

We seek an experienced, delivery-focused individual who can manage staff teams, external partners, finances and project schedules, and communicate effectively with a range of audiences, including at senior organisational level.

The successful candidate will also be passionate about engaging a wider range of people in the natural environment and be a clear and effective written and verbal communicator. Understanding the multi-faceted water environment and challenges to accessing it will be an advantage, but the wider Access to Eden partnership team, who have closely collaborated to make this complex project a reality, will be on hand to assist.

The role in a nutshell

You will be responsible for:

  • the overall management of the delivery phase of the multi-million-pound project;
  • working with the team to create long-lasting positive impact for the natural environment through building strong community engagement across the project area with target audiences who experience a lack of opportunity to access the Eden; and
  • strengthening the partnership and seeking opportunities for growth in the delivery phase.

About the project

Access to Eden: Breaking barriers, building bridges aims to break down the physical, social, and cultural barriers that prevent people from accessing the natural heritage of Eden and build the bridges needed to give them the confidence to enjoy our blue and green spaces. We intend to remove barriers for Eden’s special wildlife, connect habitats and promote nature recovery.

With 13 organisations signed up as part of our partnership, together we will break barriers and build bridges for people AND nature in the Eden Valley, Cumbria.

The clue is in the title. It’s all about making Eden’s rivers and nature more accessible to those who experience the greatest barriers. From opening up doorstep green spaces to promoting walking, cycling, swimming, paddle-sports, practical conservation, wildlife surveys, quiet enjoyment … and even virtual enjoyment of the river environment, our vision is to see a fully integrated set of accessible activities and conservation opportunities that work for everyone in Eden, Cumbria, contributing to improving the natural heritage along our rivers.

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About us

Improving access to river environments is a new area for Eden Rivers Trust, and part of our charity’s desire to be Rethinking rivers. For good. We believe in partnership, creativity and flexibility, and we are rooted in the Eden – working at ground level with local communities, land managers and businesses to conserve the rivers and improve water quality and management. We are changing conversations, finding ways to work smarter and inspiring and empowering others to do the best for our rivers.

Based in Penrith, the post holder will work in the scenic rolling countryside of the Eden Valley and where it intersects with the north-eastern Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales and the North Pennines.

We welcome applicants from all backgrounds, including under-represented groups.

How to apply

Visit our website for more information on the role, the job description and details of how to apply. For an informal discussion about the role please call Elizabeth Radford on 01768 866788.


We welcome applicants from all backgrounds, including under-represented groups.

Please submit an application form with a covering letter by email to [email protected]

Deadline for applications: Thursday 13th June 2024 at noon.

Interviews are planned for 24th – 26th June.

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  • Organisation: Eden Rivers Trust
  • Salary: £37,114-£40,000 pa (FTE) plus contributory pension
  • Location: Penrith, Cumbria
  • Closing date: 13 June 2024
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