Overview

Bristol Avon Rivers Trust’s (the Trust) has grown its pipeline of projects over the last year and as such the Trust needs to expand its team. The Trust is looking for a dedicated and enthusiastic individual with a good knowledge of rivers and a passion for the environment to fill the role of Project Assistant. The successful post holder will join a small but very ambitious team to deliver a wide array of multi-benefit projects.

The work of the Project Assistant (PA) will be diverse and include tasks such as carrying out catchment field surveys (ecological, water quality, fisheries, Natural Flood Management) under supervision of more senior staff, assisting with the delivery of river habitat restoration, community engagement and events, school education, land management schemes and leading river cleans with volunteers. Additional tasks the PA could be involved with includes assisting with desktop research, inputting to reports, GIS and delivering workshops. The job holder will have a strong passion for nature conservation and an awareness of the environmental issues facing our rivers, whilst enjoying engaging with local people.

Prospects will largely depend on your ability to learn quickly and deliver the Trust’s charitable objectives.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Actively promote the Vision, Mission and work of the Trust.
  • Understand the projects that the Trust is delivering and how they fit into the Trust’s strategy.
  • Comply with health and safety and CDM management within the Trust.
  • Assist with the delivery of a number of various workstreams including river restoration, community engagement, education, and land management projects with support from senior staff.
  • Work directly with stakeholders, e.g. landowners, teachers, volunteers, scientists.
  • Provide administration support for senior staff, e.g. developing maps, field survey sheets or materials for workshops and events.
  • Identify funding opportunities and prepare funding applications for small new projects.

Please note, this job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to the role.

Candidate Profile:

Essential Competencies required

  • A passion for nature conservation and an awareness of the environmental issues facing our rivers.
  • Confidence to engage and build relationships across organisations with differing objectives and priorities.
  • Ability to organise and lead some elements of projects e.g. leading a survey or group task with staff, members of the public or volunteers.
  • Capability to carry out basic (BART designed) walkover surveys under supervision.
  • Experience of GIS or other mapping tools.
  • Experience of producing communications content for different audiences and different media.
  • Able to represent the trust with the public, follow procedures, follow countryside code etc.
  • Recruit and lead a volunteer group over multiple sessions.
  • Mentor volunteers/ interns and maintain their safety.
  • Good personal time management & organisational abilities.
  • Will ensure that Trust’s policies and procedures (in particular H&S) are complied with.
  • Good level of problem-solving skills and initiative.
  • Good level of taking initiative and ability to work on their own on site and at home.
  • Work to budgets e.g. assessing value for money, raising purchase orders, organising small purchases.
  • Create and manage a budget for a low-value small-project.
  • Willing to undertake relevant training as per the Trust’s request.
  • Completed Basic Safety Training.
  • Report on specific project activities to partners & represent the Trust well when speaking to partners.
  • Submit small grant applications with support from a Project Manager.
  • Full UK driving license and access to vehicle with full business insurance cover.

Desirable competencies

  • Knowledge of the Bristol Avon Catchment.
  • Experience in organising and managing volunteers or groups of people.
  • Environmental surveying experience (habitat surveys, water quality, land management etc.).
  • Experience of working for a small organisation and the public or voluntary sectors.

General Notes

  • The position will be working from home with travel around the Bristol Avon Catchment.
  • This position will from time to time require work during evenings, weekends and public holidays to meet the needs of the post.
  • You will need to be physically fit as the position will require occasional full day walkover surveys and implementation of river restoration in all weather conditions.
  • We expect you to carry out your job responsibilities in an environmentally aware manner, ensuring as little damage to the environment as possible. Our aim is to ensure all resources are utilised effectively and efficiently. You will be expected to apply ‘sound value for money’ principles and follow procurement guidelines in undertaking purchasing or supply of goods and services.