Ribble Rivers Trust has new job vacancies!

Assistant Project Officer

  • Job Title:                     Assistant Project Officer
  • Purpose:                     To support the delivery of woodlands and capital works through the HEAL project
  • Reports to:                 HEAL programme manager
  • Location:                    Clitheroe
  • Hours:                         Full-time 37.5 hours per week
  • Salary:                         Circa £21,500 per annum, dependant on experience
  • Contract:                     To end of March 2023 (with possibility of extension, subject to funding)

Earlier this year we secured funding from DEFRA’s Green Recovery Challenge Fund. ‘Health and Environmental Action Lancashire’ (HEAL) will deliver environmental improvements across Lancashire. Additionally, there will be a range of active volunteering events that promote and support improved health and wellbeing. Ribble Rivers Trust are working with numerous partners including Lune Rivers Trust, Wyre Rivers Trust, Prospects Foundation, Lancaster University, Freshwater Biological Association, Forest of Bowland AONB, Pendle Borough Council and Hyndburn Borough Council. Together, we are committed to equal opportunities and diversity and welcome applications from everyone regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, faith or disability.

Now, as part of this project, Ribble Rivers Trust have a new job vacancy for a full time Assistant Project Officer. This persons role will be to support the delivery of woodlands and capital works through the HEAL project.

Our ideal candidate will be a conscientious, dynamic, and enthusiastic person with a passion for improving the environment and working with communities. The new recruit will join a vibrant and talented team who are delivering a huge variety of projects improving rivers in the Ribble Catchment. 

The successful candidate will be a confident and clear communicator with experience in delivering projects, working within a team, and alongside volunteers. Additionally, they will also have knowledge of ecology and landscape-scale conservation. Ideally, they will also have an understanding of Catchment Management.

Key dates and how to apply

  • Application deadline: 5pm on Friday 15th October 2021
  • Interviews: week commencing Monday 25th October 2021
  • Start date: as soon as possible

To view the full job description please click here, and for the application form please click here. Please send your completed application forms to admin@ribbletrust.com along with a brief covering letter. Please note that we will not accept CVs.

River Conservation Trainee (3 positions available)

We have a fantastic Kickstart opportunity for three River Conversation Trainees at Ribble Rivers Trust. If you are aged 16 – 24, claiming Universal Credit & interested in applying, please speak to your Work Coach about being referred for this vacancy.

River Conservation Trainees will be involved in both physical conservation projects, such as tree planting and river clean ups, and events and activities working with local people to look after their local environment. Working with the Volunteer Supervisor, Community Engagaement Officer, Project Officer and with volunteers to deliver practical river improvement projects within the catchment.

The practical aspects may include:

  • Tree planting and wetland creation.
  • River clean-ups, project maintenance and river channel improvements, e.g. brash bundles to prevent erosion.
  • Construction and repair of footbridges, stiles, gates, fences, interpretation boards and signs. Use of hand tools and equipment.
  • Caretaking, maintenance and cleaning of RRT projects, e.g. fish pass projects.
  • Communicating with visitors, community groups and volunteers.
  • Adhering to all health and safety rules and regulations.
  • Other duties, which the supervisors may reasonably request.

We will provide work-based training in practical conservation skills, tool maintenance, and essential workplace training such as health and safety and first aid. We will also provide support with developing transferable workplace skills such as time management, problem solving, teamworking, perseverance and motivation. This will include recording tasks and the skills used so trainees have an idea of how their skills and experience have developed. Trainees will work with a variety of people, and have a dedicated mentor who they will speak to regularly about their traineeship. Later in the placement we will support trainees with writing a curriculum vitae (CV), job seeking and preparing for interviews.

The role will be based from Ribble Rivers Trust offices in Clitheroe, but will be expected to work across the catchment. Transport will be provided from the office base each day. Training will be given for all tasks and you will be working in a team of positive, like-minded people.

  • Total hours per week: 37
  • Fixed term: 6 months
  • Working hours: Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm
  • Hourly rate: £7 per hour (aged 20 and under) £9 per hour (aged 21 and over)

Skills needed


  • Basic understanding of literacy & numeracy. Self-motivation, commitment and initiative.
  • Good communication skills and the ability to get on with other members of the team and the general public.
  • Interest in learning practical conservation/field skills.
  • Willingness to work hard to complete the practical parts of the traineeship.
  • A level of physical fitness appropriate to the post.
  • An interest in and a commitment to, countryside conservation and the aims of the Ribble Rivers Trust.


  • No previous work experience necessary but an aptitude for practical work desirable.

How to apply

Send your CV to admin@ribbletrust.com

These vacancies are all funded as part of our Health & Environmental Action Lancashire (HEAL) project through the Government’s Green Recovery Challenge Fund. The fund was developed by Defra and its Arm’s-Length Bodies. It is being delivered by The National Lottery Heritage Fund in partnership with Natural England, the Environment Agency and Forestry Commission. The River Conservation Trainee roles are also supported by the government’s Kickstart Scheme, which provides funding to employers to create jobs for 16 to 24 year olds on Universal Credit.

This job vacancy has been created by the HEAL project, which is funded by the Green Recovery Challenge Fund.

For more conservation jobs see environmentjob.co.uk