River Action UK
Location: Home based, with some travel to London and across UK
Direct Report: Reports to Campaigns Manager
Background: Research, policy, analysis, statistics
Remuneration: £30,000 – £40,000 with 5% employer’s pension and 25 days holiday
Start date: December 2023 or January 2024
Term: Full time (part-time may be considered), permanent position with 3 month
River Action is a small and agile organisation with a mission to Rescue Britain’s
Rivers from the excessive levels of agricultural, sewage and industrial pollution that they are
experiencing. We support community-level action, inform and mobilise public opinion, influence
government policy, and incentivise changing industrial practices to end pollution emissions and
promote the adoption of natural solutions.
We are developing a dynamic and talented team to help us deliver our strategy to
urgently protect and restore our rivers for the benefit of communities and wildlife.
We are looking for highly engaged people who share our passion for rivers, and bring a
creative and collaborative approach to campaigning, blending laser-focused tactics with
positively disruptive ways of inspiring others to act.
The Campaigns Analyst will be responsible for building a strong and compelling evidence
and data narrative for our campaigns and communications activity as well as informing our
advocacy for change in national policy and industry practice.
The role will include specific responsibilities to analyse government and industry data
and provide insight for campaigns and communications. This will include mapping and analysing
industry dynamics (e.g. agriculture waste/resource management, food supply chains, water
company performance, ownership structures and finances, government pollution monitoring and
regulatory enforcement), pollution statistics (e.g. effluent discharge, citizen science data,
drought and flood records), policy implications (e.g. mapping regulations for polluting
industries, tracking policy update, assessing impacts of changes, informing consultations),
legal cases (e.g. legal frameworks, case histories, legal precedents) and making information
requests of the government (e.g. Freedom of Information and Environmental Information
The Campaigns Analyst will report to the Campaigns Manager and will work closely with
the Senior Media Coordinator to produce revealing, hard-hitting media stories and react
critically to government and industry announcements as well as policy developments; and work
with the Campaigns Coordinator and Communities Coordinator to ensure our campaigns and
stakeholders are well-informed and evidenced.
The successful candidate will have a proven track record of using data analysis to
drive campaigns though high levels of media, political and community engagement.
Map the legal frameworks that relate to River Actions work and conduct ongoing
monitoring of the Government regulators (e.g. Defra, Environment Agency, Ofwat, Natural
Resources Wales) and industry to keep up to data with their regulatory programme,
announcements and available data.
Design a programme of proactive data collection via Freedom of Information or
Environmental Information Requests (EIR) requests to support River Actions campaign and
Map and analyse key aspects of major campaigns including sources of pollution or
over abstraction, supply chains that drive behaviour, industrial failings, regulatory
Investigate polluters and analyse their performance relating to legal requirements,
their governance/legal structure, their finances and resourcing e.g. water companies
failing to invest in their leaking infrastructure.
Research potential solutions to the problems that have been investigated e.g.
technologies that convert farm waste to energy, new regulatory structures or financial
incentives such as government funding including Environmental Land Management
Present analytical and research finds to colleagues in accessible reports that
describe the challenges facing a river/community/nation and potential solutions.
Produce periodic data based reports or surveys for external publication, requiring
compelling presentation of data and highly engaging narrative.
Interpret data in a highly engaging way for the general public and media, including
the use of infographics and clear and highly articulate reports. Sources could include
industry dynamics, pollution statistics, policy implications, legal cases.
Work with River Action Senior Media Coordinator to ensure we are using data and
analysis most effectively to increase the impact of our media work.
Work with River Action Campaigns and Communities Coordinators to ensure our
campaigns and community support (e.g. through the River Rescue Toolkit) are informed, up to
date and backed with evidence.
Build relationships with analysts and researchers at universities, think tanks and
other third sector organisations in the campaigns space and work on collaborative projects,
sharing data and resources.
When required, manage relationships with contractors e.g. researchers, polling
companies and academics.
Plan and deliver public opinion polls to research and understand views on subjects
related to our campaigns, and provide data to our communications team to substantiate
Contribute to fundraising efforts particularly crowdfunding by providing
information in support of the Campaigns and Fundraising teams and charity’s
Help ensure all team members representing River Action are well-briefed and
on-brand ahead of external engagement, and colleagues handle sensitive personal information
and relationships according to organisational policies.
Support the Campaigns Manager in representing the charity’s communication work as
required through the media, public-speaking and at events (online and in person).
Keep up to date with our relevant work across advocacy, policy and key
relationships in order to inform communications.
Contribute to the development of our position, brand and key messaging with
colleagues and help keep these fresh and relevant.
- Follow all charity policies.
- Actively participate as part of the team.
Help to promote a positive, healthy and happy work environment and team
- Attend and contribute to regular meetings.
- Work in accordance with the Data Protection Act.
- Be responsible for the health and safety of yourself and others at work.
- Undertake any other duties as reasonably required.
Keep up-to-date with input from colleagues on related research, activities and
The above overview contains the main duties and responsibilities for this position.
However, in a small organisation such as River Action, staff members are expected to show
flexibility in their approach to work and be willing to undertake other tasks that are
reasonably allocated to them but which are not part of their regular job description. Where any
task becomes a regular part of an employee’s responsibilities, the job description will be
changed in consultation with the employee.
We are committed to equality of opportunity for all staff and applications from
individuals are encouraged regardless of age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, sexual
orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and marriage and civil
River Action is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young and
vulnerable people and expects all members of staff to share this commitment.
You will work from home with some travel to meetings in London or across the
Applicants should apply to [email protected] by submitting their Curriculum Vitae
with an application letter describing their interest and suitability for the role, accompanied
by a written submission by 1st December. Only applications with all three documents will be
The written submission should be a one-page report about a major polluter. For example
you might describe a water company’s pollution and water supply performance, including sewage
discharge and drinking water leakage, their historical financial performance (e.g. debt,
dividends, infrastructure investment), any relevant major incidents and breaches of relevant
laws and their plans for improvement relating to regulator requirements. It should combine
concise and clear data and copy of no more than 300 words and be presented in a way that a
communications colleague could use it to create a media story.
Interviews will be held by phone during the week of 4th December.
Please note that applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and screening calls
and first-round interviews may be conducted with short-listed candidates before the application
All shortlisted candidates will be contacted within two weeks of the closing
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