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Yeovil Rivers Community Trust

Project Officer (Dodham Brook Restoration Phase 3)

To implement the delivery of Dodham Brook Restoration Phase 3.

Salary: £21,000 pa

This is a full time role comprising 35 hours per week and is a Fixed Term Contract to 31/03/2023.

Duties will include the delivering and overseeing implementation works to rehabilitate the Dodham Brook Channel. A diverse range of tasks are included within the role such as ecological surveys, design and implementation of habitat focused interventions, monitoring activities and community/stakeholder engagement activities where relevant. The role offers a rare opportunity to gain experience in works focused on natural and engineered water environments, including river restoration, aquatic habitat creation/ enhancement and catchment scale interventions.

Role Description – Key Responsibilities and Tasks include:

  • Carry out a range of surveys and monitoring activities including ecology and hydrology surveys as required:
  • Preliminary Ecological Appraisals
  • Phase 1 Habitat Surveys
  • Protected species surveys, e.g. water vole surveys
  • Specialist surveys, e.g. botany, bird and aquatic invertebrate
  • Hydrology surveys – including obtaining river/stream channel data
  • Water Quality monitoring (direct measurement and through biotic assessment)
  • Flood Risk Assessment – collecting data for evaluating level of risk

Undertake desk top analysis and evaluation of data obtained as required

Undertake engagement events, e.g. general public activity events, school activities, and specific project related activities as required

Assist the trust to develop working relations and partnerships with a diverse range of organisations and businesses to recruit volunteers and promote the water environment and the multiple benefits it delivers to people and wildlife

Assist the trust to design and deliver project related tasks including the implementation of practical works, habitat management and other restoration/enhancement activities

Assist in the delivery of a robust, evidence based monitoring and evaluation programme to measure the effectiveness of project actions and quantify the benefits of projects to aquatic habitats/blue infrastructure, e.g. for providing ecosystem services benefits

Assist the trust in maintaining enhancements/implemented measures where this forms part of the monitoring regime

Assist in securing sustainable funding

Person Specification

Qualifications: minimum ‘A’ Level, relevant qualifications preferred above A Level or studying towards a relevant qualification

Experience: Some previous experience of environmental surveys/monitoring activities and rehabilitation of aquatic habitats would be very helpful but is not essential. A keen interest in the environment and aquatic habitats in particular is highly desirable. The role would suit individuals in the early stages of their career, or those newly entering the environmental sector and wishing to gain practical experience in a diverse range of activities.

Skills

  • Basic knowledge of aquatic habitats and species recognition and/or knowledge of environmental hydrology
  • Ability to follow survey guidelines and undertake monitoring, under supervision, with due regard to health and safety and biological hazard control protocols
  • Carrying out practical conservation, habitat creation and land management tasks safely with minimal supervision
  • Good administrative, communication (written and verbal), report writing, and IT skills
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft office suite
  • Excellent self-motivation, initiative, time management and organisation skills
  • Ability to analyse and interpret data

Attributes

  • Physically fit
  • Good inter-personal skills
  • Ability to keep information confidential
  • Excellent self-motivation, initiative and organisation skills and the ability to work remotely (desktop study and design work) with limited supervision
  • Responsible, team oriented and flexible approach to work

General

  • The post holder is required to follow and comply with all policies and procedures of the Trust which includes the Trust’s Health and Safety procedures in the workplace, ensuring personal safety and the safeguarding of the interests and safety of all staff, trainees, visitors, and others at the Trust.
  • To uphold the working values, expectations and objects of the Yeovil Rivers Community Trust.

Please send your CV plus a covering letter (2 page max) stating your interest in the role to: lorne.thomson@yrct.org.uk

Closing Date: 29/11/2021  Location: Yeovil

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