Assistant Project Officer

Norfolk Rivers Trust

Purpose: Assisting in river restoration, farm interventions and water quality testing
throughout Norfolk. 
Reports to: North Norfolk Catchment Team Leader
Location: Office at Bayfield near Holt. Visits across North-Norfolk catchments with mileage
expenses £0.45 per mile.
Job term: Full-time 37.5 per week
Annual Leave Entitlement: 25 days plus 8 days bank holidays pro rata
Salary details: £22,742 – £24,000 pro rata (9% Employer Pension Contribution)

Norfolk Rivers Trust is looking for an Assistant Project Officer assistant to support the
delivery of a series of ambitious river restoration projects throughout Norfolk. This will be
an exciting and varied role, where the successful applicant will gain experience across a range
of areas including water quality testing, protected species surveys, designing, and delivering
restoration projects and working with contractors on construction sites.

One of the successful applicant’s main responsibilities will be to undertake water quality
testing throughout North Norfolk to find and highlight pollution pathways within the catchments
with a focus on point sources such as septic tanks and diffuse pollution. The results from
these surveys will then be mapped and we will use this information to plan interventions
including treatment wetlands and targeted public engagement.

The other key role of the successful applicant will be to assist surveyors as a plus ones on
protected species surveys. The majority of these surveys will be water vole and otter surveys
but there will also be opportunities to take part in white-clawed crayfish surveys, aquatic
invertebrate surveys, botanical surveys and fish surveys. 

We are looking for someone with a passion for rivers and nature, the ability to work closely
within a team or independently, and the drive to help us deliver a series of challenging,
exciting restoration projects. 

On occasions, responsible for: volunteers, work experience
Responsible to: North Norfolk Catchment Team Leader

Job purpose 

Assist the team with river restoration, farm interventions and water quality testing projects
throughout Norfolk. 

Principal responsibilities 

  • Plan and undertake a water quality testing program throughout North Norfolk to understand
    the pollution pathways within these catchments (training will be provided).
  • Create maps using GIS to store and display water quality testing results. 
  • Assist with protected species surveys and mitigation. 
  • Assist in writing protected species reports and permits for restoration projects. 
  • Assist in delivering projects and working with contractors.      
  • The above list should not be regarded as exhaustive, from time-to-time staff may be
    required to carry out other such duties as determined by the Trust.


  • Minimum HND/BSc in Ecology, Environmental Sciences, Geography, Biology or Land Management
    related subject.

Experience and knowledge 

  • Knowledge of restoration/conservation projects within Norfolk. 
  • Familiarity and experience of catchment-scale processes, and how these interact.
  • Good knowledge of river ecology and hydrology.
  • Experience in the use of GIS mapping.

Personal skills and qualities 

  • Clear commitment to vision and values of Norfolk Rivers Trust.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Good organisational and reporting skills.
  • Full UK driving licence with own car covered by business insurance.


To apply, please send your completed job application form and a covering letter to [email protected] by 5pm on the 6th April

Interviews will take place on Friday 14th April 2023. 

If you have any questions regarding this role, please contact: Ant Gagen at
[email protected] 

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