Senior Project Officer

The River Waveney Trust is an environmental charity dedicated to improving and protecting the River Waveney, making it a better place for people and wildlife. We are part of the Rivers Trust movement, a network of over 60 Rivers Trusts across the UK. We work on a variety of projects with partners, communities and volunteers to deliver a wide range of projects including river restoration, natural flood management, farm advice, river access, river monitoring, volunteer events, community engagement and education.

This is an exciting opportunity for a new person to join our Trust and take a pivotal role in developing and growing the organisation. The Trust currently comprises four members of staff and is running many varied environmental and community projects with further work in development. The team is welcoming, open and inclusive and places a high value on supporting each other to work to the best of our abilities.

The role will suit an experienced and self-motivated individual with skills in project management and finance within a charity setting. The ideal candidate will have a background in environmental charity work, with an emphasis on rivers and catchments, but other project management backgrounds will be considered if the candidate is dedicated to the role. Critical to the role is enthusiasm and dedication to help our charity succeed in its mission. The role will include providing direct line management support for up to five members of staff, and overseeing project delivery for those staff members.

We are committed to providing equal opportunities and welcome applications from all groups, communities and personal circumstances.

Please download the attached Job description for a full breakdown of the role, responsibilities, and person specification.

General Information

Contract period: The position is full-time, on a permanent contract, with the understanding that the successful candidate will contribute to the future long-term success of the role, through the development of projects and funding streams alongside the Director.

Place of work and ethos: A blend of home, office and other site visits/meetings is expected. Flexibility is encouraged to achieve a good work life balance; in exchange commitment, honesty and integrity are expected from the candidate. The candidate must be based within a reasonable distance of the Waveney Catchment. We cannot accept applications from candidates who are based remotely or who do not have the right to work in the UK.

Driving licence and vehicle: A full driving licence and access to a vehicle is essential. Due to the remote nature of the work, we cannot accept applications from individuals who do not have a driving licence or access to a car. The candidate is expected to insure their own vehicle for work-use (this should not increase the premium). Mileage expenses are paid at £0.45 a mile. Mileage does not cover commuting to the office but will cover agreed commutes from home and office within the catchment.

Application Process: Please send your CV and a cover letter/email outlining why you are interested and how your experience links to the job specification. At most two sides A4 recommended for each. We also accept videos in place of the cover letter. Please send your completed application to [email protected]

If you have any questions about the role, please contact Martha Meek, the Trust’s Director, [email protected] or 07903 243108

Application deadline: Monday 22nd April 2024 at 11.59 pm

Interview venue and format: Thursday 2nd May. In-person within the Waveney Catchment, or online if preferred.

If you have missed the deadline, or are unsure if you fit the criteria for the role, but still feel you would be a good fit for working with our Trust, please do forward on your CV which we will keep on record for the future.

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  • Organisation: River Waveney Trust
  • Salary: £31,867 - £35,408
  • Location: Home based with office space in Bungay provided
  • Closing date: 22 April 2024
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