We’re Recruiting!

Position: Project Officer

Location: West Cumbria (Keswick, with travel around catchments)

Salary: £27,232 per annum plus 9% pension (Band 4A). 2 year initial contract (with likely extension subject to funding).

West Cumbria Rivers Trust is an environmental charity dedicated to improving the watercourses, their wildlife and surrounding catchments in West Cumbria for people and wildlife. Our patch covers several principal river catchments and seven iconic lakes spanning a substantial part of the Lake District National Park, West Cumbria and the Solway. We have an impressive track record of successful delivery of projects.

We are seeking a Project Officer to work closely with farmers and landowners, local communities and partner organisations to develop and deliver projects to improve watercourses- including improving water quality, reducing flood risk and improving in-river and wider catchment biodiversity. You will predominantly be focused on improving watercourses within targeted sub-catchments of the upper Rivers Waver and Wampool (including around the town of Wigton), however, there may also be a requirement to work within other catchments depending on operational need.

The successful candidates will have a degree in an environmental or agricultural discipline and at least 2 years’ experience in successful delivery of river related projects. Building and maintaining positive working relationships with the farmers and landowners whose land upon which project interventions will be delivered, is a key aspect of this role, therefore a strong background of working with farmers and landowners is essential. You will be a self-starter who can demonstrate a committed, mature and flexible approach and have the passion to develop our work in the Waver/Wampool area, helping shape the direction and outcomes of our work over the coming years. You will also have excellent organisational, communication and reporting skills.

You will be part of a friendly and supportive team, reporting to one of the Trust’s Assistant Directors and supported by the Director, WCRT’s Trustees and the wider staff team. The Trust offers a range of benefits including a generous pension scheme, flexible working opportunities and a good supply of chocolate biscuits :)

If you believe that you have the passion, commitment and skills to take this exciting opportunity forward then we would like to hear from you.

To apply for this post please send your CV with a covering letter setting out your experience and qualifications as highlighted in the job description to

The closing Date for applications is 9am on Monday 18th July. Interviews will be held at our offices in Keswick on Thursday 21st July 2022. We will be in touch with candidates successful in gaining an interview by close of play on Monday 18th July. 

If you would like to discuss the post further please contact Vikki Salas, Assistant Director on 017687 75429 or email

Further details are within the full job description:

JOB DESCRIPTION - Project Officer

Thank you for your interest in working for West Cumbria Rivers Trust :) 

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