Assistant Project Officer

Bring your environmental passion for rivers to life!

The South East Rivers Trust has an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic individual who is keen to gain more experience in river and catchment enhancement work - making a positive, lasting difference to the aquatic environment in the south east of England.

Working within our growing Restoring Rivers & Catchments team you will be contributing to our portfolio of ambitious and bold projects, based on sound science and best practice. You will assist with developing and delivering a range of river restoration and habitat enhancement projects, from conception to development, design to delivery and monitoring.

Working alongside the project officers, the role has many facets that will expose you to a wide range of activities, furthering your career in implementing environmental enhancement schemes.

Projects typically include weir removals, fish passage easements (such as rock ramps, nature-like bypasses or technical fish passes) and river re-naturalisation (such as habitat enhancements, reconnecting floodplains & palaeochannels, re-meandering, and backwater creation). Other catchment management projects may include wetland creation, Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) and Natural Flood Management (NFM) measures.

This is a valuable opportunity to shadow experienced staff while building your knowledge and experience of river processes, restoration techniques and ecology.

Initially offered as a two-year fixed term contract, it is expected that the position will be extended, subject to satisfactory performance and continued funding.

To Apply

Please email the following to [email protected]:

  • a completed Application Form for the relevant job role that you are applying for
  • a completed Equality and Diversity Monitoring Form

The deadline for applications is Sunday 18th June at 5pm. Interviews will be held on Tuesday 28th June; we can accommodate for other dates if required.

If you would like to discuss the position please email [email protected] with your enquiry.

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  • Organisation: South East Rivers Trust
  • Salary: £24,000 - £27,000 (dependent on experience)
  • Location: Hybrid - at home, office (Leatherhead) and on-site with travel across the SERT area
  • Closing date: 18 June 2023
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