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Project Officer

West Cumbria Rivers Trust is an environmental charity dedicated to improving the watercourses, their wildlife and surrounding catchments in West Cumbria for people and wildlife. Our patch covers several principal river catchments and seven iconic lakes spanning a substantial part of the Lake District National Park, West Cumbria and the Solway. We have an impressive track record of successful delivery of projects. We are seeking a Project Officer to work closely with farmers and landowners, local communities and partner organisations to develop and deliver projects to improve watercourses- including improving water quality, reducing flood risk and improving in-river and wider catchment biodiversity. You will predominantly be focused on improving watercourses within targeted sub-catchments of the upper Rivers Waver and Wampool (including around the town of Wigton), however, there may also be a requirement to work within other catchments depending on operational need. The successful candidate will have a degree in an environmental or agricultural discipline and at least 2 years’ experience in successful delivery of river related projects. Building and maintaining positive working relationships with the farmers and landowners whose land upon which project interventions will be delivered, is a key aspect of this role, therefore a strong background of working with farmers and landowners is essential. You will be a self-starter who can demonstrate a committed, mature and flexible approach and have the passion to develop our work in the Waver/​Wampool area, helping shape the direction and outcomes of our work over the coming years. You will also have excellent organisational, communication and reporting skills. You will be part of a friendly and supportive team, reporting to one of the Trust’s Assistant Directors and supported by the Director, WCRT’s Trustees and the wider staff team. The Trust offers a range of benefits including a generous pension scheme, flexible working opportunities and a good supply of chocolate biscuits J If you believe that you have the passion, commitment and skills to take this exciting opportunity forward then we would like to hear from you. For further details please visit the West Cumbria Rivers Trust website: https://​www​.west​cum​bri​ariver​strust​.org/​c​o​n​t​a​c​t​/jobs To apply for this post please send your CV with a covering letter setting out your experience and qualifications as highlighted in the job specification to [email protected]​westcumbriariverstrust.​org. The closing Date for applications is 9am on Monday 18th July. Interviews will be held at our offices in Keswick on Thursday 21st July 2022. We will be in touch with candidates successful in gaining an interview by close of play on Monday 18th July. If you would like to discuss the post further please contact Vikki Salas, Assistant Director on 017687 75429 or email [email protected]​westcumbriariverstrust.​org.

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Project Officer (Woodlands)

Job Title: Project Officer (Woodlands) Purpose: To deliver Lune Rivers Trust’s activities on two projects: Health and Environmental Action Lancashire and Lancashire Woodland Connect. Reports to: Trust Manager Location: Currently a mixture of home-based and the Lune Rivers Trust office in Morecambe. Frequent site work will be required at locations across the Lune catchment, particularly in the Lancashire part of the catchment. Hours: Full-time 37.5 hours per week. Salary: £22,724 Contract: 12 month fixed term contract (with potential to extend, funding permitting) The Lune Rivers Trust is a small but ambitious environmental charity dedicated to the protection and enhancement of the rivers and becks in the Lune catchment. We are looking for a motivated and enthusiastic person to join our team and to run two of our projects. In 2021 the Trust was successful in securing funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund to participate in the Health and Environmental Action Lancashire project. This project is being led by Ribble Rivers Trust and involves a number of partner organisations across Lancashire. Lune Rivers Trust activities include: engaging with farmers to promote woodland creation, facilitating health and education walks, and working with a local micro tree nursery. We have made a limited start on this project, and the Project Officer (Woodlands) would be responsible for fully developing the project and meeting our objectives by the end of the project period (end of March 2023). Also in 2021, the Trust was successful in securing funding to participate in the Lancashire Woodland Connect campaign. This campaign, led by Ribble Rivers Trust and also involving Wyre Rivers Trust, aims to develop and promote increased riparian woodland creation. Lune Rivers Trust’s funding comes principally from Lancaster City Council. We have made a start on this project, and the Project Officer (Woodlands) would be responsible for fully developing the project ideas and enabling tree planting to take place this winter. The split in time between the two projects is flexible, but in broad terms will be 50:50. DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES Health and Environmental Action Lancashire Work with farmers in the project area to promote woodland creation, particularly riparian woodland. Develop, organise and oversee a series of health and education walks in the project area. Consider how these walks can have the biggest benefits for those in most need. Work closely with Lancaster University and Ribble Rivers Trust to support the micro tree nursery in Lancaster. Coordinate with these partners in respect to their needs for tree seeds with local provenance. Develop, organise and oversee tree seed collection walks. Consider how these walks can be best designed to also incorporate health & wellbeing benefits. Lancashire Woodland Connect Develop a prioritisation of where riparian woodland creation would have the most impact in terms of multiple environmental benefits. This will involve close liaison with neighbouring Rivers Trusts. Based on this prioritisation, develop new woodland creation projects, including contacting, visiting and working with Landowners. Work with Landowners to present the various options available for woodland creation and assist them in choosing the most suitable option for their situation. Assist Landowners in preparing applications for grants for woodland creation (e.g. to the Woodland Trust or the Forestry Commission). General Develop and maintain effective liaison with other catchment partners involved in these areas (Forest of Bowland AoNB, Environment Agency, Natural England, Forestry Commission, Woodland Trust, Lancaster City Council and local stakeholder groups). Work with the Trust Manager to develop future funding bids. Assist with other LRT projects as necessary. For more information please see the detailed Job Description/​Person Description on our website (www​.lune​river​strust​.org​.uk). How to apply: To apply for this post please send a current CV and covering letter to the email address [email protected]​luneriverstrust.​org.​uk explaining why this position is of interest to you, the skills and experience you can offer, how you meet the criteria set out in the Person Description, and any other information you consider relevant. Closing date for applications: Midnight 24th July 2022

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