South East Rivers Trust

Job Opportunities

Catchment Officer

Are you a natural leader and communicator with a passion for the water environment?

Come and join our friendly team at the South East Rivers Trust working to achieve healthy river ecosystems for all across the South East of England.

We are looking for several Catchment Officers to join our dynamic team. The role is at the heart of being able to achieve our vision by bringing together stakeholders and members of the community to take a catchment based approach in understanding their local river. Here we identify issues that are impacting rivers and catchments, and work together to find and implement solutions that will improve the health of the water environment. You will coordinate a Catchment Partnership and develop projects, with the support of the wider SERT Team, to implement nature-based solutions to tackle the issues in the river catchment.

The South East Rivers Trust is a member of the national Rivers Trust, and is part of the rivers trust movement which is comprised of over 60 local trusts, which are described as having ‘wet feet’ because they concentrate their efforts on practical environmental enhancement works on the ground. The Trust’s core values are central to all we strive to achieve, including bringing positive energy, expertise and specialist knowledge to develop good relationships and to deliver to a high standard making a real difference to rivers and their catchment areas.

To Apply

Please email the following to

  • a completed application form
  • a CV (two pages max.)
  • a covering letter (one page max.) focussing on your relevant knowledge, experience and skills and how they align to improving the water environment in the South East of England.

The deadline for applications is Sunday 11th October at 5pm, with interviews taking place on Tuesday 27th and 28th October 2020. Please get in touch if you are unable to make these dates.

If you would like to discuss the role further, please contact us on the above email.

Catchment Officer Application Form

Catchment Officer Job Description



Plastic Project Manager

Despite the highly publicised problem of plastics in oceans, initiatives have failed to look upstream and systematically tackle the role rivers, their catchments and communities play as a pathway and source of plastic.

We are seeking a Plastics Project Manager to lead the Trust in taking a catchment-based approach to the plastic pollution crisis, shaping the Trust’s strategy as well as influencing National and International policy and action.

The Plastics Project Manager will lead the delivery of the “Preventing Plastic Pollution” (PPP) Project, currently jointly funded by the European Union European Regional Development Fund Channel Manche Programme and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

In this role, you will work with partners across the UK and France to share best practice and expertise on understanding sources and pathways of plastic as well as setting up a citizen science scheme to monitor pollution in the Medway catchment. You will create real impact by delivering and evaluating a range of methods to reduce and remove plastic from the river and creating Plastic Action Plans with communities, working with key stakeholders across the catchment (the Medway Catchment Partnership, local communities, businesses and farmers) to instigate transformational change in the way plastic is used and recycled in the catchment.


How to Apply?

The deadline for applications is Monday 28th September 5pm, with interviews taking place on Wednesday 7th and Thursday 8th October 2020. These first interviews will be on Zoom and will require no travel.

To find out how to apply, download the Job Description below with all the details. 


Preventing Plastic Pollution Manager Job Description

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