Natural Capital /Environmental Economist

 

Organisation: Bristol Avon Rivers Trust
Salary: C£25,000 – £27,600 dependant on experience
Location: Home-Based with travel around the Bristol Avon catchment
Hours: Full Time, 40 hours per week. Flexibility required (some evening & weekend work)
Position type: Paid
Contract: 12 Months with potential for extension
Closing date: Applications by 22nd July 2022
Website: www.bristolavonriverstrust.org
Contact name: Simon Hunter
Contact email: simon@bristolavonriverstrust.org

 

Overview

 

Bristol Avon Rivers Trust (BART) is a charity which delivers education, land and river management advice and practical river restoration work throughout the Bristol Avon catchment.

 

We aim to re-connect communities to their local rivers and help them to better appreciate and improve them for the benefit of people and wildlife.

 

BART aims to conserve and enhance the status of our waterbodies for current and future generations.

 

The successful post holder will join a small but very ambitious team at BART to deliver a hugely innovative programme of work linked to the development of the UK’s first freshwater biodiversity investment model and development of a process for the UK’s very first freshwater biodiversity code which could lead to a huge positive global impact through benefits to enhanced freshwater biodiversity.

 

The Role

BART are seeking to recruit a Natural Capital/ Environmental Economist to help deliver our programme of work on the Freshwater Biodiversity Investment Model & UK Freshwater Biodiversity Code.  The role offers the chance to work with market leading clients on the cutting edge of the emerging conservation investment market in the UK and potentially internationally, and to work alongside a field of environmental experts and stakeholders within the programme. We offer an opportunity to enhance your development, while providing flexible working from home with some travel around the Bristol Avon catchment required.

Key Responsibilities:

 

  • Manage the delivery of an innovative Freshwater Biodiversity Investment Programme.
  • Work with a team of conservation professionals, volunteers, and contractors to enable successful delivery of the programme.
  • Work closely with the Head of Operations to ensure project costs are in line with overall project budgets and keep suitable records in line with the funding requirements and document retention policy.
  • Consult with project partners including The Rivers Trust and Federated Hermes global investment bank.
  • Liaise and further build strong working relationships with key stakeholders including the Duchy of Cornwall, landowners, Bristol Water, and Bath and North East Somerset Council.
  • To actively promote the Vision, Mission, and work of the Trust.
  • Meet the needs of a diverse audience and to ensure the Trust’s policies, procedures and practices are in line with legal requirements and best practice.
  • Identify & manage project risks efficiently and in accordance to Trust policy.
  • Maintain and grow the Trust’s partnerships, with stakeholders, delivery partners and landowners.
  • Contribute and assist in the production of publicity and marketing materials.
  • Produce engaging and informative communications promoting the work of the Trust (e.g., press releases, technical articles, media interviews etc.).
  • You shall comply with BART’s Health & Safety, Safeguarding and other policies and defined standards of behaviour.
  • You may be required to perform other duties and tasks as required from time to time for the efficient operation of the Trust.

 

Skills & Competencies

We are looking for candidates to possess a range of the following skills and competencies:

 

  • You will have a familiarity with market analysis, cost-benefit analysis; data-collection, validation, and analysis; stakeholder consultation
  • You will have an interest and relevant experience in environmental economics and natural capital.
  • The ability to analyse and interrogate environmental and economic data and communicate your findings clearly to different types of audience, including non-specialists.
  • You will be self-motivated, flexible, and enthusiastic, as well as having a degree or experience in a relevant discipline (e.g., Environmental Economics or Environmental Science and Policy) and preferably a relevant post-graduate qualification.
  • Strong organisational skills, and an ability to work on multiple workstreams simultaneously and to deadlines.
  • Excellent collaborative working skills to ensure we get the best from our working relationships with internal and external client teams.
  • Attention to detail and desire to work to high standards consistently.
  • Experience of financial modelling and analysis.
  • Experience of structuring and executing financial transactions for small and medium sized businesses.
  • Experience in project management, client delivery, research and presentation, problem solving.
  • Proficient writing capability and presentation skills.
  • Well-developed analytical skills including the ability to assimilate complex information, identify and prioritise key issues.
  • Strong IT skills, proficient in Microsoft Office.

 

 

Personal Attributes

  • Enthusiastic self-starter and strong team player.
  • A willingness to present ideas to peers and senior colleagues.
  • Excellent communication and relationship building capabilities.
  • Inquisitive and analytical approach to problem solving.
  • Ability to operate in a dynamic working environment, handling multiple tasks and deadlines.
  • Highly committed with the ability to take ownership of projects and to create meaningful value for the long-term.
  • We are a small team who work hard and have fun, so you’ll need energy, enthusiasm and be able to work well independently where required.

 

 

General Notes

  • The position will be working from home with travel around the Bristol Avon Catchment.
  • This position may from time to time require work during some evenings, weekends, and public holidays to meet the needs of the post.
  • 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.
  • You shall deliver all tasks in compliance with BART’s Health & Safety, Safeguarding and other policies and defined standards of behaviour.

 

 

Interested parties should submit a CV and a one page covering letter explaining why you would perform well in this role and what you could bring to BART. These should be sent to: simon@bristolavonriverstrust.org

 

Interviews for this post will take place virtually during week commencing 8th or 15th August 2022 (date TBC).

 

Please note, due to limited resources you will only be contacted should you be successful in gaining an interview. We would like to thank you for your interest in this position.

 

Thank you for your interest in applying for a role with the Bristol Avon Rivers Trust.

Catchment Project Manager

 

Organisation: Bristol Avon Rivers Trust
Salary: C£28,970 – £33,800 dependant on experience
Location: Bristol Avon catchment
Hours: Full Time, 40 hours per week. Flexibility required (some evening & weekend work)
Position type: Paid
Contract: Full time
Closing date: Applications by 22nd July 2022
Website: www.bristolavonriverstrust.org
Contact name: Simon Hunter
Contact email: simon@bristolavonriverstrust.org

 

Overview

 

Bristol Avon Rivers Trust’s (BART) has grown its pipeline of projects significantly over the last year and as such the trust is looking to expand its team.

 

The successful post holder will join a small but very ambitious team to deliver a wide array of multi-benefit projects.

 

The Catchment Project Manager (PM) will oversee a wide range of projects designed to improve the health of our rivers for the benefit of nature and people. This shall be achieved through operational delivery of projects in riparian and river habitats to improve and protect native species and habitats. You will use best practice evidence-based methods to complete current projects. Work will be diverse and include tasks such as carrying out catchment field surveys (ecological, water quality, fisheries, Natural Flood Management, Nature-Based Solutions), project development and managing delivery of river habitat restoration and Natural Flood Management schemes.

 

The post holder will support the Head of Operations and Chief Executive Officer to satisfy funding compliance and reporting to all relevant funders and partners.

 

Key Responsibilities:

 

  • Manage the development and delivery of physical river and riparian improvement projects.
  • Work with the Head of Operations to ensure project costs are in line with overall project budgets and keep suitable records in line with the funding requirements and document retention policy.
  • To actively promote the Vision, Mission and work of the Trust.
  • Work with a team of conservation professionals, volunteers and contractors across a variety of projects.
  • Meet the needs of a diverse audience and to ensure the Trust’s policies, procedures and practices are in line with legal requirements and best practice.
  • Identify & manage project risks efficiently and in accordance to Trust policy.
  • Preparation and submission of applications to obtain consents to deliver work on the ground (including Environment Agency Permits, Landowner Agreements and Planning applications).
  • Maintain and grow the Trust’s partnerships, with stakeholders, delivery partners and landowners.
  • Contribute and assist in the production of publicity and marketing materials.
  • Produce engaging and informative communications promoting the work of the Trust (e.g. press releases, technical articles, media interviews etc.).
  • You shall comply with BART’s Health & Safety, Safeguarding and other policies and defined standards of behaviour.
  • Be a leader in health and safety and CDM management within the Trust.
  • You may be required to carry out other duties and tasks as required from time to time for the efficient operation of the Trust.

 

Candidate Profile

 

Essential

  • Passion for nature conservation, with an excellent knowledge of UK river species

and habitats and aware of the environmental issues impacting our rivers.

  • You will have experience in delivering strategic projects in the environmental/water sector (for example hydrology, engineering, fisheries science, or geomorphology).
  • Excellent project management skills, demonstrated through having managed multiple projects, contractors and procurement.
  • A confident and clear communicator working with a variety of stakeholders and groups.
  • Self-motivated, enthusiastic and decisive with an ability to follow your own initiative.
  • Effective collaborator able to be a proactive and supportive member of the team.
  • Confidence to engage and build relationships across organisations with differing objectives and priorities.
  • Exceptional Health & Safety knowledge including experience of complying with CDM.
  • Excellent literacy, computer, numeracy and report-writing skills.
  • Full UK driving license and access to vehicle with full business insurance cover.

 

Desirable

  • Knowledge of the Bristol Avon Catchment.
  • Environmental surveying experience (habitat surveys, water quality, land management etc.).
  • Experience of working for a small organisation and the public or voluntary sectors.
  • Working knowledge of GIS data systems such as ArcGIS.
  • Experience in overseeing environmental improvement projects, in particular River Restoration and / or Natural Flood Management.
  • Practical river restoration and / or conservation skills.
  • Proven track record of securing new business.
  • Experience in the management and coordination of volunteers.
  • Association of a relevant Professional Body and/or Educating Organisation demonstrating continuous professional improvement.

 

 

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 some 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.

 

 

Interested parties should submit a CV and a one page covering letter explaining why you would perform well in this role and what you could bring to BART. These should be sent to: simon@bristolavonriverstrust.org

 

Interviews for this post will take place virtually during July 2022 (date TBC).

 

Please note, due to limited resources you will only be contacted should you be successful in gaining an interview. We would like to thank you for your interest in this position.

 

Thank you for your interest in applying for a role with the Bristol Avon Rivers Trust.