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Chair of Trustees

We are seeking to appoint a new Chair of Trustees who will work with our Board and CEO to guide our organisation to achieve its vision of healthy, thriving rivers for people and wildlife in the south east of England. You will lead SERT’s board of trustees to oversee the Trust’s strategy and financial sustainability; ensure the good governance of the Trust; advocate for the Trust where required and provide support and challenge to our CEO and Management Team. The Trust meets quarterly. The Chair drives the agenda and resulting actions. In addition, the Chair participates in quarterly finance committee meetings and other meetings on an as-needed basis in a governance role. The Trust has recently undergone a period of growth and you will facilitate its continuing success and maintain its position as a major player in the Rivers Trust network. You will manage the Trustees, ensuring we have the correct people, skills and experience in place. You will bring a deep, proactive, and reflective attitude towards diversity and inclusion. You will oversee the continued financial sustainability of the Trust, contributing strategy insights to the development of different income streams and project funding as appropriate. You will have a passion for biodiversity, conservation and the Rivers movement in the south east. You will understand how to ignite the passion in others. Application process To apply, please email the following to [email protected]​southeastriverstrust.​org: a CV (two pages max.)a covering letter (two pages max.) focussing on your relevant knowledge, experience and skills and how they align to the position. Please outline the number of days/​hours you could work and when you would be available to startSERT’s diversity monitoring formThere is no deadline for applications as we shall organise interviews on an ongoing basis starting interviews in March 2022. No agencies please. If you would like to discuss the role further, please contact us on the above email, either directly with any queries or arrange a phone conversation. Trustee Chair Job Description SERT-Equality-and-Diversity-Monitoring-Form

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Trustee

We would like to appoint new Trustees to expand our Board, who will work together with the CEO and Management Team to guide our organisation to achieve its vision of healthy, thriving rivers for people and wildlife in the south east of England. As our organisation grows, we are seeking candidates who will challenge, support and amplify the work that we do. Trustees will assist the Chair in ensuring the good governance and financial sustainability of the charity; they will contribute to its strategic development, and share their specific areas of knowledge, experience and expertise to enhance all that we do. We are particularly interested to hear from people who: Have significant experience and understanding of farming, and the opportunities available for landowners and environmental organisations to work together to bring positive impacts for allHave experience of leading and managing growth and changeHave experience of working within the water industry in any capacityHave experience in any of the following areas: legal, financial, education, community engagement, HR, research, fundraising, engineering, strategic planning, marcomms and ecologyCan broaden and deepen the diversity of thought and experience represented in our organisation. We aim to represent and reflect the diverse communities that our rivers serve It would also be ideal if you had: A passion for protecting the water environmentA track record of successfully working within or managing a senior teamExperience in writing funding bids and a good understanding of what makes them successfulGood knowledge of the funding streams available to an environmental charityUnderstanding of the environment of the south east of England​.An ability to think strategically and discern how to prioritise opportunities that will ensure growth and sustainabilityExperience in developing successful corporate funding relationshipsAn environmental qualificationA flexible and growth mindset If you wish to join our team, then please apply by visiting the Trust’s website for a full role description and application form. There is no deadline for applications as we shall organise interviews on an ongoing basis starting interviews in June 2022. No agencies please. If you would like to discuss the role further, please contact us on the above email, either directly with any queries or arrange a phone conversation.

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Business Administrator

We are Tyne Rivers Trust, the only environmental charity dedicated to looking after the iconic Tyne and its tributaries. We work to improve our rivers through education, reducing pollution and practical conservation. The Tyne Rivers and its tributaries flow through the picturesque semi-rural counties of Cumbria, Durham and Northumberland. A mixture of beautiful wide-open spaces, species-rich ravines and fascinating industrial heritage that follows the UNESCO World Heritage listed Hadrian’s Wall to the urban conurbations of Newcastle and Gateshead. The global pandemic, COP26 and recent storms have highlighted the importance of our environment and how we chose to live within it. Our work is increasingly recognised for its crucial role and we are growing our team to deliver practical work that directly contributes to climate change resilience, improved water quality and increased wellbeing for all within the catchment. This growth requires robust business support. This an exciting chance to use your skills, experience and passion to help us carry out our vital work by creating a smooth business and administrative function to support staff, volunteers, partners and stakeholders. You will join a busy and dynamic team delivering a range of meaningful work to improve the River Tyne, its tributaries and habitat within its catchment. Our most important asset is our people and we want to recruit the best. You will be joining a friendly and committed team of experts who are passionate about protecting the Tyne rivers. The Role – Business Administrator This role is essential to the impact that Tyne Rivers Trust can have on improving our river catchment for wildlife and people alike. You will work closely with our team and a diverse array of stakeholders to maintain vital systems, records and administrative tasks; supporting critical partnerships and our volunteers. The further development of robust processes and procedures will build confidence and capacity, reassuring funders, investors and future partnerships. In addition to the main focus of the role, there is the opportunity to contribute to the broader aims and activities of Tyne Rivers Trust and develop its business. This will provide an opportunity to broaden your skillset and work closely with our talented and highly motivated team. Applications We are looking to recruit an experienced Business Administrator to drive our charity forward. You will have a professional, positive attitude and flexible approach to achieving excellence in record keeping and pragmatic office processes, thereby moving practical delivery forward at scale and pace. Essential Requirements: HNC or equivalent experience in a relevant subjectProven track record of managing a dynamic office for a team with practical outdoor delivery requirementsAbility to communicate with and influence a diverse range of stakeholdersAbility to identify and proactively solve problems for the team and work independently with the drive to manage own workload Exemplary record keeping and attention to detailExperience of managing utilities & other service contractsAbility to work under pressure and to tight deadlines Some experience of book-keeping, enthusiasm to help organize events, workshops and conferences, some familiarity for/​passion of the Tyne catchment would also be welcome. Travel across the Tyne Catchment to support events and meetings will be required in this role, so a clean driving licence is essential. Working with the Tyne Rivers Trust team may offer the opportunity to work outdoors with potentially difficult access at times. To apply For further information and for an informal discussion please contact Ceri Gibson on 07939 318021. To apply for the role please submit a CV and covering letter demonstrating how you can fulfil the requirements and meet the person specifications to c.​[email protected]​tyneriverstrust.​org If you require an alternative way to apply, please contact Ceri Gibson as above. Tyne Rivers Trust works across a large catchment, diverse in its inhabitants and their needs. We are committed to being an inclusive organisation. As an equal opportunity employer, we welcome your background, experiences and thoughts as an individual to deliver the best work we can as a team. The deadline for applications is 9am 25th July 2022 with interviews scheduled for 8th and 10th of August. Interviews will be in person at Tyne Rivers Trust offices, (or via video conference if required) they will last in the region of 1 hour and will include a 10-minute presentation, with short Q&A on the relevant theme area. The topic for the presentation will be forwarded by email to short listed candidates by 28th July 2022. There will be opportunity to ask questions of the Trust.

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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. 

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Project Officer (River & Catchment Restoration)

Working in the Enhancing Rivers & Catchments Team, you will develop and deliver a portfolio of physical enhancement projects on the ground. The Project Officer role is an exciting opportunity for an experienced and knowledgeable individual to build on their existing skills 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. Using your freshwater expertise and proven ability, you will proactively lead on medium and smaller scale projects while working closely with other staff, external partners and stakeholders. You will work with the rest of the team, drawing on the experience of more seasoned staff to help your personal career progression and likewise overseeing Assistant Project Officer and imparting your knowledge onto them. Most importantly of all, you will support the whole team, your line manager and the wider organisation as much as you can. 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 to join and support a growing and dynamic team making a real difference for the environment.

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Catchment Monitoring Officer

Are you a data analyst looking to work on projects which directly protect the environment? Come and join our friendly team at the South East Rivers Trust (SERT) working to achieve healthy river ecosystems for all across the South East of England. We are looking for a new Catchment Monitoring Officer to join our dynamic team. The role is at the heart of achieving our vision by bringing together stakeholders and members of the community to take a catchment based approach in understanding their local river. We use data and evidence to understand and identify issues that are impacting rivers and catchments, and work together to find and implement solutions that will improve the health of the water environment. You will collect and analyse water quality and quantity datasets in the Medway Catchment to inform the implementation of nature-based solutions to tackle issues in the river catchment. The South East Rivers Trust is a member of the national Rivers Trust, a movement which is comprised of over 60 local trusts, who concentrate their efforts on practical environmental enhancement works on the ground. The Trust’s core values are central to all we strive to achieve, including bringing positive energy, expertise and specialist knowledge to develop good relationships and to deliver to a high standard making a real difference to rivers and their catchment areas. To apply please visit the Trust’s website for a full role description and application form.

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Catchment Officers

Are you a natural leader and communicator with a passion for the water environment? Come and join our friendly team at the South East Rivers Trust (SERT) working to achieve healthy river ecosystems for all across the South East of England. We are looking for two new Catchment Officer to join our dynamic team. These roles are at the heart of achieving our vision by bringing together stakeholders and members of the community to take a catchment based approach in understanding their local river. We identify issues that are impacting rivers and catchments, and work together to find and implement solutions that will improve the health of the water environment. You will coordinate either just the Mole Catchment Partnership and lead on a large project in the catchment; or the Darent and Cray and another Catchment Partnerships and develop projects in these catchments. Both roles will also support the wider SERT Team, to implement nature-based solutions to tackle the issues in the river catchment. The South East Rivers Trust is a member of the national Rivers Trust, a movement which is comprised of over 60 local trusts, who concentrate their efforts on practical environmental enhancement works on the ground. The Trust’s core values are central to all we strive to achieve, including bringing positive energy, expertise and specialist knowledge to develop good relationships and to deliver to a high standard making a real difference to rivers and their catchment areas. To apply please visit the Trust’s website for a full role description and application form.

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Finance Manager

The role of Finance Manager will involve the efficient co-ordination and maintenance of the charity’s accounts, ensuring the smooth operation and financial compliance of the Trust. You will be responsible for the day-to-day running of the finance function of the organisation and will work closely with Finance and Operations Director, the Trust Administrator, the Senior Management Team and project managers. You will be responsible for maintaining the Trust and its trading subsidiary’s financial records including: processing transactions; preparing and maintaining the nominal accounts; preparing monthly and annual accounts; preparing VAT returns; monitoring and managing bank accounts; contributing to funding applications and financial reporting to funders (including EU project claims); producing project accounts and working with staff to review budgets and cashflow. As part of the Finance & Operations team you will also support the delivery of SERT’s HR, IT and Administrative functions. While not essential, very strong IT skills are highly desirable. You will have excellent attention to detail and be able to communicate well both within the organisation and externally. You will be an integral part of the SERT team and will need to able to clearly explain financial requirements to colleagues without a financial background. You will ideally have experience of Xero and be confident using Excel, Word and email. The role will suit a qualified accountant with a good level of knowledge and experience of charity finance. This is an exciting opportunity to become a core part of a dynamic and enthusiastic team making a real difference for the environment.

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