Senior Project Officer (Restoring Rivers & Catchments)

Working in the Restoring Rivers and Catchments Team, you will be responsible for the development and delivery of a portfolio of physical enhancement projects on the ground. The Senior Project Officer role is an exciting opportunity for an experienced and knowledgeable individual to oversee all stages of river and catchment enhancement projects, from conception to development, design and physical implementation.

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. We are also particularly keen to broaden our engineering competencies and would be interested to receive applications from candidates with experience in this field, although this is not essential.

Using your freshwater expertise and proven ability, you will proactively lead both large and small projects while working closely with other staff, external partners, and stakeholders. As a senior member of the team, you will also mentor junior staff, providing guidance and to act as a ‘sounding board’ to help them realise their full potential. Most importantly of all, you will support the whole team, your line manager and the wider organisation as much as you can.

Please see the full job description here.

How to apply:

We are running a rolling application and interview process. To apply for this position, please send the following documents to [email protected].

If you would like to discuss these positions, please email [email protected] with your enquiry and a member of our team will be in contact shortly.

Please note: All applicants must have the right to work in the UK. We are unable to sponsor applicants from overseas.

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  • Organisation: South East Rivers Trust
  • Salary: £32,573 – £41,558 per annum dependent on experience.
  • Location: Based at home and on-site, across the SERT area. A minimum of one day per month will be in the office (Leatherhead).
  • Closing date: 30 April 2024
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