Assistant Project Officer (River & Catchment Restoration)

Working within the Trust’s Restoring Rivers and Catchments Team, you will assist with developing and delivering river restoration and habitat enhancement projects, working on projects throughout all stages including conception, development, design, delivery and monitoring. Most importantly of all, you will support the whole team, your line manager and the wider organisation as much as you can.

River enhancement projects will typically include weir removals, fish passage easements (such as rock ramps, nature-like bypasses or technical fish passes) and river re-naturalisation projects (such as habitat enhancements, reconnecting floodplains & palaeochannels, re-meandering, and backwater creation). Catchment management projects are likely to include wetland creation, Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) and Natural Flood Management (NFM) measures. We would be interested to know about any experience you have in the above fields when you apply.

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.

This is an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic individual who is keen to gain more experience in river and catchment enhancement work in order to make a real difference to the aquatic environment. You will be joining our growing team and contribute to our portfolio of ambitious and bold projects based on sound science and best practice. This will be a valuable opportunity to shadow experienced staff in order to build your knowledge and experience of river processes, restoration techniques and ecology.


  • Organisation: South East Rivers Trust
  • Salary: £24,000 – £26,000 (dependent on experience)
  • Location: Hybrid work - at home, in the office in Leatherhead (KT22), and on-site with travel across the SERT area
  • Closing date: 10 July 2022
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