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West Cumbria Rivers Trust

Project Officer

Salary: £25,141 to £26,231 (depending on experience) plus 9% pension
Two-year fixed term contract, full-time (35 hours per week)

You'll facilitate our highly successful Countryside Stewardship Facilitation Fund projects, funded through the RPA, one on the Crookhurst (a small catchment running into Allonby Bay) and the other on the River Cocker in the Derwent Catchment. A possible third programme is in the pipeline. You'll help a group of farmers and other land managers work together to improve the natural environment at a landscape rather than single-farm scale, and achieve greater improvements than individual holdings could on their own. You'll do this by organising regular group farmer meetings, including events with external experts and speakers and group site/farm visits. You'll work closely with Trust colleagues and external partners.

The other exciting part of this role is developing our Catchment Partnership work on the River Waver and River Wampool catchment area which drains into the Solway firth. Focusing initially on a sub-catchment upstream of Wigton, you will work closely with partner organisations, local communities and land managers to develop then deliver a pipeline of projects to address a range of issues including reducing diffuse pollution, improving river habitat and reducing flood risk.

Main responsibilities

  • Countryside Stewardship Facilitation Fund: Organise and deliver training and events for groups of farmers and stakeholders, project management including budgeting and finance claims to the RPA.
  • Work closely with farmers, landowners, partner organisations and community groups to develop and deliver a range of interventions to improve water quality, improve riparian habitat and reduce flood risk.
  • Deliver a portfolio of environmental projects with individual farm businesses including tendering and commissioning of capital works.
  • Work with key farming partner organisations and businesses in Cumbria to assist in the development of sustainable farming in the Waver and Wampool catchment.
  • Develop a pipeline of projects to address catchment issues and Investigate future funding opportunities.
  • Assist land managers to access funding to address identified issues through agri-environment schemes and grants and ensure any interventions funded through other sources are compatible with any current agri-environment schemes.
  • Ensure all funder requirements are met (including timely reporting).
  • Understand the duty of care for all staff and ensure health and safety requirements adhered to at all times and regulations and reporting procedures as described in the WCRT Health and Safety Manual.

Person specification and how to apply at 

Closing Date: 20/06/2021  Location: Keswick, Cumbria

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