Trust Development Manager

Great Ouse Rivers Trust

The Great Ouse Rivers Trust (GORT) is a new environmental charity dedicated to improving
and protecting the River Great Ouse. The new Trust is part of the Rivers Trust movement, a network of over 60 Rivers Trusts across the UK. We aim to protect its water quality and wildlife, as well as identifying safe areas for wild swimming, canoeing and paddle boarding, and conserving its rare chalk streams. The Great Ouse – the fifth longest river in the United Kingdom and the longest of those called Ouse – stretches 160 miles.

 We are delighted to have secured initial funding to be able to offer this very exciting opportunity to be the first member of staff.
This is an exceptional opportunity for someone to join our Trust and take a pivotal role in developing and growing the organisation, to join us at the very beginning of the Great Ouse Rivers Trust journey.

We are seeking someone who is a strategic thinker with a track record of developing and
delivering projects. Success of the organisation will depend on the successful candidate
engaging with the many stakeholders in the catchment area. We are looking for someone
who can deliver our ambition to be a powerful voice for the river, its communities, river users
and wildlife and above all else we are looking for someone who is passionate about all that
GORT could achieve.

We aim to be an equal opportunity employer and are determined to ensure that no applicant
or employee receives less favourable treatment.

Being a charity we hope you will appreciate that we want to save money where possible – so
thank you, but unless we get in touch, we don’t need your help with this role quite yet.


Salary: Circa £40,000 pro rata for 3 days /week/per annum. We are looking for a self
employed contractor for this post.

Contract period: 2 years We have initial funding and will look to secure additional funds to
extend beyond the initial 2 years

Reporting to: Board of Trustees.

Annual leave: Annual leave entitlement is 25 days holiday (plus 8 bank holidays). Pro rata

Hours of work: A working day is 7.5 hours, generally from 9 am to 5.30 pm, with an unpaid
hour-long lunch break. Flexible work hours are fully acceptable for personal circumstances
and we are happy to accommodate any requirements needed in order to make the role work
for the right candidate.

Place of work and ethos: Working from home plus site visits/meetings is expected.

Flexibility is encouraged to achieve a good work life balance; in exchange commitment,
honesty and integrity are expected from the candidate.

Driving licence and vehicle: Due to the remote nature of the work, we cannot accept
applications from individuals who do not have a driving licence and access to a car. The
candidate is expected to insure their own vehicle for work-use

Application Process: Please send your CV and a covering letter/email outlining why you
are interested and how your experience links to the job specification. At most two sides A4
recommended for each. We also accept videos in place of the cover letter. Please send your
completed application to [email protected]

If you have any questions about the role, please contact: [email protected]

Application deadline: Sunday 2nd June, 2024

Interview venue and format – interview date Monday June 17th, 2024 In-person or
online if preferred.

Please note that we are interested in receiving and considering applications from applicants
who may not tick every box. You may be just who we are looking for! The contract is subject
to a 3-month probationary period. Agreed expenses will be covered.

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