Career Opportunities

The South East Rivers Trust (SERT) is a busy, charitable organisation, consisting of approximately 40 employees and 10 Trustees, working across the rivers in the South East of England. Our rivers flow through a mixture of urban and rural locations, benefiting people’s wellbeing and pleasure, which we want to protect and enhance. We work to improve our rivers through education and practical conservation; we are looking to actively grow our team to deliver practical work, to improve water quality and to enhance natural beauty for all.

SERT is made up of five teams, running about 60 projects at any one time. We work with multiple stakeholders, from landowners to councils, delivering a wide range of environmental benefits. By joining us, you will have an exciting opportunity to use your skills, experience and passion to make a real impact on our natural world by running your own projects, while working as part of a team. You will be making a real difference to rivers and the wider environment in this corner of the UK. Most roles offer the chance to not only plan and monitor changes in our rivers, but also to be hands on — getting into the water and physically improving the ecosystem. We operate a hybrid working policy with most staff attending the office in Leatherhead once a fortnight, working from home and outdoors in our catchments.

SERT’s 12 catchments, located across the south east of England

Benefits you will enjoy if you work for us:

  • 25 days annual leave, plus bank holidays. After three years’ service, staff receive an extra day of annual leave each year (maximum of 28 days).
  • Hybrid working
  • Pension contribution of 9% salary, subject to 6% employee contribution
  • Life assurance (3 times your  annual salary when signing up to the SERT pension scheme).
  • Time off in Lieu
  • 4 staff awaydays per year
  • Flexible bank holidays
  • Enhanced leave policies including sickness, maternity and paternity
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Wellbeing team, with trained Mental Health First Aiders

Commitment to career development and training, including but not limited to:

  • Individual career development plans
  • Attendance at external training and conferences relevant to role
  • Internal training relevant to role
  • One personal development day per year
  • Access to resources and training via affiliated memberships

If you don’t see a vacancy that you feel is suitable for you listed below but would like to explore the opportunities at the South East Rivers Trust, please send us your CV and contact details to A member of our team will be in contact with you. Please note, all CVs and applications are kept on file for six months.

Take a look below at the jobs available at the South East Rivers Trust.

  • Head of Engagement 13 month contract

    Salary: £41,097 – £52,994 (per annum)

    We are seeking an experienced community engagement professional with a demonstrable track record of team leadership, inspiring education and engagement outcomes and successful grant fundraising.

    The Head of Engagement will provide maternity cover for approximately 13 months and work as part of the Senior Leadership Team at SERT to drive how we influence, engage and empower people and communities to value and protect rivers in the South East.

    You will bring passion for our cause and demonstrable experience in delivering inspiring outcomes from education and engagement projects and programmes. You will drive the further development of our Engagement Strategy with innovation and creativity, securing external funding to deliver against the Trust’s strategy and ambition.

    Please see the full job description: Job-Description-Head-of-Engagement-maternity-leave

    How to apply:

    To apply for this position, please send the following documents to

    The deadline for applications is 26th May 2024. We reserve the right to close the recruitment early.

    Interviews to be held week commencing 3rd June 2024.

    If you would like to discuss this position, please email with your enquiry and a member of our team will be in contact shortly.

    Please note: All applicants must have the right to work in the UK. We are unable to sponsor applicants from overseas.

  • Finance and Grants Assistant

    The Salary: £26,423 – £29,203

    We have an exciting opportunity to join the South East River’s Trust’s Finance and Operation’s Team.  The team supports the organisation with a broad range of financial and administrative tasks, to ensure its smoothed running, development and growth.  The role would suit an individual with a financial background, who is approachable and organised, with excellent attention to detail, able to work on their own or as part of a team.

    The role will report directly to the Finance Manager and will provide support in administering all financial controls and processing for the organisation.  The successful applicant will come from a financial background and have a strong understanding of financial principles with an accounting qualification.  They will have experience in bookkeeping, reconciling accounts as well as dealing with banking, grant applications and expenses.  Whilst this role focuses on the financial aspects of SERT, it will also play a key part in supporting with the set up of IT equipment, new financial systems and general IT queries, with help from our external IT supplier.

    To be successful, they will need to be able to multitask, have excellent communication skills and the ability to support and advise staff across all teams.  They will need to have a positive attitude, be proactive and supportive in assisting the whole team with other administrative tasks as and when required.  This role is predominantly working from home, with at least one day per week working in the office in Leatherhead.

    This is an exciting opportunity to become part of a small dynamic team, sitting at the heart of the organisation, making a real difference for the environment and the rivers in the south east of England.  This is a full time position, however part time working of 4 days per week (0.8FTE) would be considered.

    Please see the job description: Finance and Grants Assistant JD

    How to apply:

    To apply for this position, please send the following documents to


    The deadline for applications is 2nd June 2024.

    If you would like to discuss these positions, please email with your enquiry and a member of our team will be in contact shortly.

    Please note: All applicants must have the right to work in the UK. We are unable to sponsor applicants from overseas.

  • Digital Marketing and Fundraising Senior Officer

    Salary £32,573 – £41,558

    We are looking for a proactive and passionate individual with a strong background in digital marketing and fundraising to help us bring rivers back to life.

    Our rivers face more threats than ever. SERT’s Working with Communities Team educates and engages local communities and other stakeholders who have the power, influence (and money!) to help make our rivers thrive again.  This role will play a key part in making this happen by helping us reach more people from a wider range of audiences, and connecting them to the issues facing rivers, the solutions that will make a difference and by raising our profile in the expert delivery of them.

    This new role within our Working with Communities Team will develop and implement a digital strategy to amplify and support SERT’s presence through increased brand profile, supporter acquisition and engagement and donated revenue. This will involve creating and managing online marketing and fundraising campaigns for the Trust across our digital platforms that grow support for our mission, generate income, reach new audiences and promote the value of the South East’s rivers.

    The role will refine the Trust’s existing supporter journey to increase donor revenue making use of its established channels (organic social media, newsletter, website) as well as researching and implementing new channels such as paid advertising, SEO, online campaigns (including crowdfunding) and new social platforms.

    You will also find creative and compelling ways to talk about our work, share case studies and successes and make our website the go-to resource for expert and inspiring information about rivers and how to help them.

    The ideal candidate would have a background in marcoms and fundraising for non-profits, be a compelling storyteller, and be highly confident and competent in digital communications.

    Please see the full job description: JD Digital Marketing Fundraising Senior Officer

    To apply for this position, please send the following documents to

    The deadline for applications is 2nd June 2024. We reserve the right to close the recruitment early.

    Interviews to be held on Thursday  13th June 2024 online.

    If you would like to discuss this position, please email with your enquiry and a member of our team will be in contact shortly.

    Please note: All applicants must have the right to work in the UK. We are unable to sponsor applicants from overseas.

  • Charity Trustee

    Our rivers are facing a crisis, besieged by development, urban and agricultural runoff, the discharge of raw sewage and the relentless exploitation of water resources. As climate change exacerbates droughts and floods, the very essence of our rivers, and the life they sustain, hangs in the balance.

    At the South East Rivers Trust (SERT) we are working hard to respond urgently to this crisis. We believe that when rivers thrive so do people and nature. Our vision is that rivers in the south east are clean, healthy and rich in biodiversity. Our mission is to protect and restore rivers and catchments and provide increased resilience to a dramatically changing climate and the many pressures our precious rivers face. Our ambition is to grow our organisational capacity to be even more effective in each of the 12 river catchments in our footprint.

    The Board of Trustees is SERT’s governing body, responsible for setting SERT’s strategic direction and providing oversight. We have a strong and committed group of Trustees who bring a wealth of experience and expertise.

    Following a review, we are seeking three new Trustees to join the Board who will bring expertise in one of the following areas:

    • Farming, Agriculture, Landownership
    • Design and delivery of large technical or engineering-based projects
    • Environment Agency/water company/relevant government background
    • Community engagement

    SERT seeks to be as representative as possible of the communities we serve and we particularly welcome interest from candidates from groups currently under-represented on the Board of Trustees.

    Please see the SERT Trustee recruitment pack 2024 which contains information about SERT and the role of our Trustees. We look forward to hearing about how you could help us achieve our vision.

    Recruitment Process

    To apply, please send your CV and covering letter (max two sides of A4) setting out how you meet the above criteria and what you would bring to the role to The deadline is 14th July 2024.

    Please also complete and return the SERT Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form_Trustees (optional).

    Candidates will be shortlisted against the person specification and judged solely on merit. It is anticipated that interviews will be held in September.

    If you have any queries or would like to discuss the role further, please contact us at

Equity, diversity and inclusion

At SERT, we are committed to offering equal opportunities and positively encourage applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of age, sex, race, disability, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital/civil partnership status, or pregnancy and maternity. We use a redacted process to reduce unconscious bias during shortlisting and ensure all applicants are judged solely on merit. Our equal opportunities monitoring forms helps us understand the diversity of applications we receive and are analysed on an annual basis.

SERT offers flexible working options to support everyone as individuals. Please get in touch if you require assistance with the application and/or interview process and our team will do the best to accommodate reasonable adjustments, where possible. For more information, please refer to our EDI Policy

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