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Senior Farm Advisor (Nature Restoration)

At Bristol Avon Rivers Trust (BART), we work in partnership with landowners, businesses, community groups, local government, and their advisers for the natural environment to identify and deliver interventions to make our catchment richer and more resilient to pressures. We are looking for a person to join our expanding team to identify habitats and species worth protecting — identify opportunities for habitat creation, expansion, and improvement through sustainable land management across the Bristol Avon catchment —from the headwaters of sub-catchments, right down to the lowland floodplains of North Somerset and the Severn Vale. The Senior Farm Advisor will coordinate and oversee a Farmer-led Nature Recovery Initiative” in the Chew Valley and Cam and Wellow catchments in Bath and Northeast Somerset forming a central workstream of this position. The coordination of these farm clusters, which will be facilitated by the Bristol Avon Rivers Trust (BART), will act as a formalised means of interacting and working together with landowners and farmers at the catchment scale, addressing a critical barrier to unlocking investment for nature’s recovery and encourage sustainable agriculture in priority landscapes. In order to implement programmes on the ground, the project includes a capital grant scheme. The Senior Farm Advisor will play a central role in facilitating the application process working with a project governing board and assisting landowners in developing proposals. This new role is a key addition to our team, who focus on solving environmental problems with nature-based solutions. Working to support and advise colleagues, you will be out in the field conducting surveys, walkovers, and site visits — to help both gather evidence of issues and build habitat improvement projects that offer multiple benefits to important ecosystem services such as natural flood management, carbon capture and storage, and water stewardship to support a biodiverse and resilient catchment. In addition to this, the Senior Farm Advisor role will involve the development of whole farm plans, desk based work to continue on from opportunities discussed in the field, including the production of outline designs allowing the Trust to take plans forward to delivery phase. This role will involve the management and oversight of certain projects and their budgets, as well as completing grant applications with landowners, and therefore the role will involve a good proportion of working from home as well as being out in the field. This position will be the Trusts’ representative at the West Of England Agricultural Group and will contribute to the Trust’s growing farm advisor work, with a focus on scoping the delivery of wildlife friendly agricultural advice and land management, in order to further the Trust’s goals to restore wildlife and connect people with nature across the Bristol Avon catchment. BART’s ambition is for our soil and water resources to be managed sustainably to enable food production alongside functioning ecosystems and wildlife rich habitats, and we strive for our local communities, decision-makers, landowners, and business to work collectively to protect and enhance the health of our rivers. Key Responsibilities To identify new landowners and farm managers that BART can help advise or support in the management of wildlife friendly farming and land management practices; with a focus on clusters of farmers, and owners of large estates, and working in our priority catchments alongside partners and other eNGO’s. To identify new opportunities for BART to expand its landowner engagement work, such as: Establish and /​or partake in farmer Clusters (e.g. via facilitation fund) to bring farmers, and other land managers together to work cooperatively and prioritise activities to improve the local natural environment, at a landscape scale.Create partnerships with landowners, NGOs and other stakeholders for landscape scale wildlife interventions on privately owned land.Supporting farm businesses to enter government schemes (e.g., Countryside Stewardship, Woodland Management, and the new Environmental Land Management Scheme (ELMS), or environmental assurance schemes (e.g., Linking Environment And Farming (LEAF) and other capital grant schemes which encourage environmentally sensitive practice.Undertaking farm surveys (for wildlife and natural capital) and developing whole-farm plans aimed to deliver environmental goods (e.g., carbon, soil, wildlife benefits, for the new ELMS). Working closely and supporting BART’s ecologists.Undertaking land management on farms to deliver environmental goods and enhance wildlife on agricultural land. An example working week is very diverse and could involve organising farm events, undertaking farm walkover surveys to identify opportunities for landscape recovery, monitoring farm trials, leading farm cluster groups, as well as desk-based elements of writing whole farm plans, managing project budgets, identifying funding routes and developing grant funding applications to support farmers in taking action. Where you’ll be working BART is a charitable organisation focussed on protecting and improving rivers and waterways across the Bristol Avon Catchment. We operate across North Somerset, Bristol, South Gloucestershire, Bath and Northeast Somerset and Wiltshire, working in partnership with the Environment Agency, local authorities, the water industry, private landowners and their tenants, charitable organisations, and community interest groups. You will be working across the range of landscapes and habitats in the Bristol Avon catchment. There will be a mix of working from home and across the river catchment. Who we are looking for BART is looking for a candidate with a sound understanding of agricultural land management from both a yard infrastructure and compliance perspective as well as a sound understanding of environmental measures such as those included within Countryside Stewardship and the Sustainable Farming Incentive. You will have excellent communication skills and a down to earth approach towards working with people. You will be self-motivated and able to work across a number of environments including from home, can manage competing deadlines, and deliver tasks to a high standard and provide line management to BART’s Farm Advisor. You must have a clean full UK driving licence and have access to a vehicle. Above all, you will be committed to our agenda as a Trust, what we stand for, and what we want to achieve. Person Specification Experience of: Demonstrating leadership and expertise in wildlife friendly agricultural advice and land management. Knowledge and Understanding of: Current environmental legislation, including Biodiversity Net Gain, Priority Habitats, and Priority Species Essential.Ecosystem goods and services Essential.Metrics for quantifying and reporting landscape changes (e.g. woodland carbon code, peatland carbon code) Desirable.Strategic partnership development and relationship management Desirable. Skills and Qualifications Essential Degree or equivalent level of experience in agriculture, or another relevant environmental discipline.Minimum of 4 years’ experience in delivering agricultural advice and/​or management.Experience in undertaking land management on agricultural land to deliver environmental goods and enhance wildlife.Excellent communication skills, with a track record of building and maintaining relationships with external part​ners​.An ability to work under pressure, and experience of managing own workload with minimum supervision whilst meeting deadlines.Excellent IT skills especially with Microsoft Office.A current UK-valid driving licence. Desirable Experience in facilitating Farmer Clusters, and/​or supporting farm businesses enter countryside stewardship schemes.Line management experience. Experience of managing projects and budgets.Relevant professional qualification (RICTS/FACTS/BASIS).Mapping using LandApp, GIS, and others Desirable.Presenting environmental information to develop compelling evidence for change.Experience in line management of staff as this role will oversee 1 or more Farm Advisor’s. Personal Qualities Excellent organisational skills/​discipline and the ability to plan, track, deliver and evaluate work Essential.Ability to prioritise and deliver work to relevant standards and tight deadlines Essential.Ability to work under own initiative, and as part of a larger, cross-functional team Essential.Amenable and friendly towards colleagues and external parties. Excellent at building rapport and trust amongst farmers and land managers Essential.Innovative and applies creative thought to develop new initiatives and problem solving Desirable. Standard Terms & Conditions Salary: £39,000 pro rata. Salaries are paid each month by bank transfer. Hours: The Trust operates a 40-hour working week (full time). Our core hours of business are 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. Contract: This position is permanent Flexibility: The Trust recognises the importance of a strong work-life balance and actively promotes this. The Trust, where possible, endeavours to meet the flexible working needs of its employees. A high degree of flexibility is provided to staff members in relation to hours and location of work. Part time work may be considered. Holidays: 25 days per year (in addition to bank and public holidays). (Pro rata for part time roles) Pensions: You may be eligible to be auto enrolled to the Rivers Trust Group Pension Plan with Royal London which provides an employer contribution of 9%. Notice Period: One month following satisfactory completion of a 6‑month probationary period. Place of Work: The position holder must reside within the Bristol Avon catchment area. Home office based, with travel across the catchment as required. Travel: Public transport is encouraged where possible. Business mileage is claimed through our expense’s procedure. The candidate must have access to a vehicle for business purposes and a clean driving license. Closing date The closing date for applications for this role is Tuesday 30th April. Interviews Interviews will be held using video conferencing week commencing Monday 6th May. How to Apply To apply please email your CV and a covering letter detailing your experience relevant to the role to melissa@​bristolavonriverstrust.​org before the closing date. We look forward to receiving your application. If you would like an informal conversation about this role, or if you would like more information, please contact us at: info@​bristolavonriverstrust.​org and we will arrange a convenient time for a discussion.

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Programme Manager (Lower Severn)

Here at Severn Rivers Trust, we are passionate about catchment scale restoration and have big ambitions to rise to the challenge, scaling both our conservation programmes and our work to better engage and educate the communities of the Severn, to the turn the tide on the restoration of this great River. We’re an agile organisation, with a can-do attitude and a willingness to take on new challenges. So, if you like to get stuff done, and want to be at forefront of ecological restoration, working along the UK’s longest river, then Severn Rivers Trust could be just the place for you. Our expanding portfolio of work means we have an exciting opportunity for the right person to join our Management Team, in the role of Programme Manager, to oversee our conservation programmes in the Lower Severn. Job title: Programme Manager (Lower Severn) Location of job: Hybrid working — home based with regular travel requirements throughout your allocated region of the catchment. Post holder reports to: CEO Salary: £34,000 – £40,200 per annum (9% employer pension contribution) Position type: Permanent Benefits: Generous home-working allowance, flexible working arrangements Overall purpose of the job: The Programme Manager role will join our expanding Operations Team, taking the lead on overseeing the coordination of a diverse portfolio of catchment restoration schemes, from landscape-scale woodland creation schemes to natural flood management initiatives to fish pass infrastructure projects. This will be an exciting, fast-paced role with potential for big impact, overseeing works at scale, along the course of Britain’s longest river. You will oversee and coordinate an expanding team, with up to 5 direct reports. You will work closely with the team, to support them in managing their individual projects, providing technical advice and general project management steer, to ensure our programmes of work are delivered to a consistently high standard, on time and within budget. Finally, you will work closely with your counterparts in other areas of the catchment, and the wider management team, to develop new projects ideas, explore and test innovative ways of working, and share technical advice and knowledge. Altogether, you will play an integral role in the development of our organisation and our mission to improve the ecological resilience of the river Severn catchment. https://www.severnriverstrust.…

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GIS Analyst

SERT is seeking a highly competent Geographical Information Systems (GIS) professional with a passion for the natural environment to join our growing team. This is a role dedicated to data, evidence and GIS. The primary purpose of the position is to underpin the evidence-based approach taken by the Trust by managing, analysing and communicating spatial data to inform effective river catchment management. You will lead on developing opportunities for the Trust to work with others and develop partnership projects, by building relationships with others whose objectives align with our own, such as Local Authorities, Environmental NGOs, water companies etc. By applying and demonstrating the value of using modern spatial analysis, modelling and emerging technology to the problems we face in addressing the issues impacting our rivers and catchments, you will identify opportunities for business development with our partners and support initiatives to raise funds to expand the GIS function of the Trust. Whilst being part of a vibrant and dynamic organisation, you will also support colleagues to interrogate, analyse, visualise and present data to support the ecosystem services/​natural capital planning and integrated catchment management activities of the Trust and the Catchment Partnerships that it hosts. We are seeking a personable, adaptable and organised GIS professional with an eye for detail and an associated interest and specialism in either IT, statistics, programming, web development or interactive mapping. This position will suit a self-starter with individual initiative who is comfortable setting priorities and managing simultaneous tasks. We welcome innovative, creative individuals who want to apply their excellent data analysis and visualisation skills, working as part of a multi-disciplinary team and bringing their own ideas to help the Trust deliver its mission of healthy rivers for all. We would be interested to hear about your skills and interests and how you would like to develop this role and the application of spatial analysis across the Trust in the future. This is an exciting opportunity that will suit a natural leader and great communicator who will help lead the development of GIS and IT systems in a growing and dynamic organisation making a real difference for the environment. Please view the job description here: GIS Analyst Job Description How to apply: To apply for this position, please send the following documents to jobs@​southeastriverstrust.​org. Your CVSERT Application for EmploymentSERT Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form The deadline for applications is 21st April (with interviews via Microsoft Teams, dates to be advised). If you would like to discuss these positions, please email jobs@​southeastriverstrust.​org 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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Fundraising Manager

We are seeking a highly organised, efficient and dynamic individual to take on the brand new role of Fundraising Manager, co-ordinating core and strategic fundraising for The Rivers Trust, supporting and facilitating the Senior Management Team. We have had considerable success with securing project funding, and have achieved rapid growth in headcount and delivery as a result, but we need to increase income for core functions such as HR, IT, finance, communications and project development. We take a team approach to fundraising and income generation, so you will be working with others, but you will also need to take a lead on some projects on your own. You should ideally have excellent people, planning and project management skills, with a proven track record in charity fundraising. You will also have a strong commitment to our mission and a good understanding of environmental issues. Principal roles and responsibilities:Securing additional core, unrestricted funding of at least £250,000 p.a. for The Rivers Trust from a range of sources including individual donations, legacies, philanthropic foundations and corporate sponsorshipManaging the administration of these funding awards including application forms, supplying bank details, grant agreements and reporting on outputs/​outcomes as requiredCo-ordinating meetings of the existing Income Generation Working Group and following up on actionsDevising and co-ordinating fundraising events/​initiatives for staff, members of the public and our corporate supporters’ staffDevelop and maintain the fundraising and income generation strategy and planTake responsibility for implementation of our new Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system (Access) across the organisationReport on progress quarterly to the Senior Management Team and the board of Trustees as requiredEnsuring The Rivers Trust’s compliance with the fundraising codes for the UK and Ireland This is a full-time, home-based, permanent position (subject to ongoing funding). We offer flexibility around working hours — time off in lieu is also available. We offer 25 days holiday pro rata (rising to 28 days) plus statutory holiday days. We pride ourselves on being an equal opportunities employer and we welcome applications from all communities. We are happy to adjust for people with disabilities and/​or caring responsibilities. The role is a grade 4 position with a starting salary of £39,037, plus benefits including 9% employer pension contribution. To apply, please send your CV and a cover letter detailing why you are interested in this role and how you meet the following criteria: Knowledge, skills, experience and personal qualities sought in the ideal candidate:Ambitious, dedicated, well-organised self-starter4+ years’ experience relevant for the principal roles and responsibilities of this positionKnowledge of sources of funding in the UK and IrelandExperience of using CRM systemsProven communication, influencing and networking skillsExcellent planning and project management skillsAbility to work with uncertainty, plan adaptively and work at paceFirst rate interpersonal skills to liaise effectively with colleagues and clients and build effective cross-sector partnershipsEvidence of working in cross-functional teams to achieve best possible outcomesExperience of submitting funding bids to tight deadlinesA strong commitment to restoration of the water environment and a good understanding of environmental issuesEnthusiasm, self-reliance, ambition, tact, discretion and charmThe ability to translate technical and complex activities into language that non-technical specialists in funding organisations (and members of the public) can understandSome knowledge of charity law and best practice, particularly around fundraising guidelinesExperience of effectively prioritising your workload Everyone who works for us is expected to contribute to a respectful and inclusive working culture and follow our policies and procedures including Health & Safety, EDI, Cybersecurity and GDPR. Please note we can only accept applications made through our careers site, and not sent by email or other methods. If you have any questions not answered in the advert or on the Recruitment FAQ, please contact Nicole.​Carling@​theriverstrust.​org — please don’t use this email address to apply as we can only accept applications made through this system. Closing date: 22 April 2024

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