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Practical Environmental Conservation Assistant - The Aire Rivers Trust

Job Description:
The River Stewardship Assistant will work alongside senior staff members to support volunteers working to improve the River Aire and its surroundings. They will ensure that volunteers feel valued and enjoy carrying out a wide range of activities from river clean ups to tree planting. Alongside other staff members, the River Stewardship Assistant will learn and share new conservation skills and ensure volunteers work in a safe manner.
Tasks will include:

  • Working outdoors in all weathers.
  • Sharing conservation skills such as tree planting and hedge laying.
  • Providing first aid and ensuring a safe working environment.
  • Encouraging participation amongst volunteers through actions such as welcoming them to site, registering new volunteers, praise, and support. Promoting an understanding of the care of the river amongst volunteers whilst chatting to them. Making refreshments.
  • Transporting materials to site and site set up. The River Stewardship Assistant will be expected to drive the company van.
  • Ordering and collecting materials. Tool cleaning and maintenance.
  • Posting updates of volunteer activities to social media. Logging work completed on electronic databases.
  • Depending on the seasonal tasks, the River Stewardship Assistant may undertake specialised River Stewardship tasks as part of a staff team such as invasive species management. Graduates with suitable skills may be offered opportunities to develop GIS or leadership skills.

Work takes place throughout the river catchment including Gargrave, Skipton, Keighley, Bradford and Leeds. Our office is in Crossgates, Bradford.

Weekly Wage: National Minimum Wage
Employer Name & Location: The Aire Rivers Trust, Bizspace, Albion Mills Business Centre, Greengates, Bradford, BD10 9TQ
Working week - contracted hours / full time / part time: 25 Hours per week, alternate weeks of three days one week and four days the next. This will enable them to support (typically) three conservation events per week and participate in one staff meeting per fortnight. Typical days run from 8:30 to 4:30 but flexibility is required to allow travel time throughout the river catchment.
Number of vacancies & closing date for applications: 1 Vacancy, Closing Date is when the role is filled.
Duration – Perm / temp: 6 Months
Essential and desirable skills:
-Full driving license.
-Level 4 (or above) qualification in environmental science, biology, geography  community work, or similar.
-5 GCSEs English and Maths at grade 5 or above.
-An interest in caring for the environment.
-Good physical fitness.
-The ability to relate to people from a wide range of backgrounds and ages.
-Experience as a practical volunteer in environmental conservation, gardening, maintenance, etc.
Training Provided:
Qualifications including:

  • Outdoor First Aid (2-days / 16 teaching hours).
  • Safe Working Near Water Awareness Training ( 8 teaching hours covering basic safety and rescue skills that can be applied in any water environment).
  • The River Stewardship Assistant will be mentored by an experienced staff team, many with over ten years’ experience working in environmental conservation. They will be supervised by the Community Engagement Manager through a mixture of fortnightly team meetings and individual one-to-one mentoring meetings.
  • CV writing and employability support will be offered by members of our experienced Trustees (many from an environmental, professional, or education background).

If you are interested in this Kickstart Placement, aged 16-24 and claiming Universal Credit, please contact your DWP work coach at your local Job Centre Plus to go through the application process for this placement.