We are recruiting !  Thanks to funding from the Bentley Environmental Foundation we are recruiting for a 6 month Water Environmental Management Trainee role focused on the Valley Brook in Crewe, Cheshire.

Location: Crewe/Cheshire

Contract type: Fixed term 6 months

Salary: Real Living Wage £23,400 (Full Time Annual Salary Equivalent) and telephone allowance (£20/month)

Hours: Full time - 37.5 hours per week

Overview:

Mersey Rivers Trust is the principal environmental charity working to improve the quality of rivers across the Mersey Basin. Our projects range from river restoration and catchment management schemes (such as Natural Flood Management) through to public engagement and communications. Project values range from £20k to over £1m. 

This is an excellent opportunity for a young person to gain valuable experience and training in the area of farm advice, agricultural engagement and environmental management. Working with a dynamic and enthusiastic team the role offers a wide variety of activities which will help to further develop communication, planning, teamworking and engagement skills 

A Traineeship post open to anyone between the ages of 18 and 25 years old that meets the requisite skills and competency requirements set out below. The post holder will develop on-the-job skills, experience and knowledge in water environmental management in the context of an eNGO / Third Sector organisation, as well as receive external training in a range of relevant national qualifications (including City and Guilds Land Based Services).

The role is for a fixed term period of 6 months linked to grant funding. 

Training, Learning and Development: 

Full training will be provided by Mersey Rivers Trust staff for the range of activities carried out by the Trust’s Project Managers, including: water quality sampling and analysis; biological kick sampling and analysis; ecological/habitat surveys and reporting; GIS applications; grant writing; volunteer co-ordination; partnership and volunteer event co-ordination; project management and financial budget control; contractor management and stakeholder engagement.

The post holder will receive formal training delivered by a certified training organisation to achieve recognised City & Guilds Land Based Services qualifications in practical conservation management skills, plus other relevant training courses to be agreed with the post holder depending on previous experience and qualifications. Formal certified training will also be provided in first aid, health and safety for field workers and safeguarding.

The post holder will also receive career / personal development mentoring from one of the Trust’s Directors plus director/senior staff support towards the end of the fixed term appointment to help seek future employment with relevant organisations appropriate to the post holder’s career aspirations.

Key Duties:

The main duties of the role will be to support Mersey Rivers Trust staff in the delivery of its Valley Brook environmental enhancement and public engagement projects within the Crewe area of Cheshire. This will provide the post-holder with on-the-job training and work experience in all aspects of the Mersey Rivers Trust’s work, from co-ordination of community training and events, to water quality sampling and delivery of river restoration projects. The post holder will be supervised by a Project Manager or Senior Project Manager, but will be expected to take ownership and lead specific tasks following appropriate training/competence development.

Candidate Profile:

  • GCSEs (or equivalent qualifications) in maths and English is essential. Education to A level (or equivalent qualifications) in relevant subjects or equivalent relevant vocational qualifications is desirable.
  • Valid driving licence and own vehicle, insured for business use is essential.
  • Competent and confident in the use of email, Excel and Word. Experience in GIS and Powerpoint would be desirable, along with social media (Facebook, Twitter).
  • An interest in the outdoors, rivers and nature conservation as well as an appreciation of factors involved in working in the environmental sector and a good understanding of rivers and the water environment
  • Ability to work flexibly, including some early mornings, some evenings and some weekends/bank holidays. A time-off in lieu system is operated by the Trust.
  • Strong verbal communication skills
  • Good written communication skills
  • Ability to engage with people of all ages and background
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team
  • Willingness to work outdoors throughout the year

Annual leave: 28 days annual leave pro rata plus bank holidays. 

Location: Home-Based. The work will include some home-based computer / planning activities, alongside working across the Mersey catchment area, both indoors (e.g. in community spaces) and outdoors.

Travel expenses: travel expenses will be paid for all work-related travel within the Mersey catchment (Greater Manchester and Cheshire and part of the High Peak district of Derbyshire). Candidates living outside the catchment area will need to cover their own travel costs from their home to the catchment boundary. 

To apply: 

If you wish to apply, please send a CV (no more than two sides of A4) and covering letter (no more than two sides of A4), outlining how you meet the requirements of the person specification and job description and why you want to work for Mersey Rivers Trust. Please email your application to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Applications must be received by email no later than the end of 19th February 2024.

If you would like more information about the role before submitting an application, you may contact us via email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We are recruiting !  Thanks to funding from the Bentley Environmental Foundation we are recruiting for a 6 month Farm Advice Trainee role focused on the Valley Brook in Crewe, Cheshire.

Location: Crewe/Cheshire

Contract type: Fixed term 6 months

Salary: Real Living Wage £23,400 (Full Time Annual Salary Equivalent) and telephone allowance (£20/month)

Hours: Full time - 37.5 hours per week

Overview:

Mersey Rivers Trust is the principal environmental charity working to improve the quality of rivers across the Mersey Basin. Our projects range from river restoration and catchment management schemes (such as Natural Flood Management) through to public engagement and communications. Project values range from £20k to over £1m. 

This is an excellent opportunity for a young person to gain valuable experience and training in the area of farm advice, agricultural engagement and environmental management. Working with a dynamic and enthusiastic team the role offers a wide variety of activities which will help to further develop communication, planning, teamworking and engagement skills 

A Traineeship post open to anyone between the ages of 18 and 25 years old that meets the requisite skills and competency requirements set out below. The post holder will develop on-the-job skills, experience and knowledge in water environmental management in the context of an eNGO / Third Sector organisation, as well as receive external training in a range of relevant national qualifications (including City and Guilds Land Based Services).

The role is for a fixed term period of 6 months linked to grant funding. 

Training, Learning and Development: 

Full training will be provided by Mersey Rivers Trust staff for the range of activities carried out by the Trust’s Project Managers, including: water quality sampling and analysis; biological kick sampling and analysis; farm audit and farm water management plan writing; GIS applications; grant writing; partnership and stakeholder event and meeting co-ordination; project management and financial budget control; and wider engagement in the catchment.

The post holder will receive formal training delivered by a certified training organisation to receive recognised training in Catchment Sensitive Farming, Pinpoint, and have opportunities to gain BASIS and NROSO points. Formal certified training will also be provided in first aid, health and safety for field workers and safeguarding.

The post holder will also receive career / personal development mentoring from one of the Trust’s Directors plus director/senior staff support towards the end of the fixed term appointment to help seek future employment with relevant organisations appropriate to the post holder’s career aspirations.

Key Duties:

The main duties of the role will be to support Mersey Rivers Trust staff in the delivery of its Valley Brook farm engagement project within the Crewe area of Cheshire. This will provide the post-holder with on-the-job training and work experience in many aspects of the Mersey Rivers Trust’s work, from co-ordination of farmer training and events, to carrying out farm visits, providing farm advice and delivery of capital improvement projects in partnership with farmers and land managers. The post holder will be supervised by a Project Manager or Senior Project Manager, but will be expected to take ownership and lead specific tasks following appropriate training/competence development.

Candidate Profile:

  • GCSEs (or equivalent qualifications) in maths and English is essential. Education to A level (or equivalent qualifications) in relevant subjects or equivalent relevant vocational qualifications is desirable.
  • Valid driving licence and own vehicle, insured for business use is essential.
  • Competent and confident in the use of email, Excel and Word. Experience in GIS and Powerpoint would be desirable, along with social media (Facebook, Twitter).
  • An interest in the outdoors, rivers and nature conservation as well as an appreciation of factors involved in working with farmers and on farms. A working knowledge of different farming systems is desirable.
  • Ability to work flexibly, including some early mornings, some evenings and some weekends/bank holidays. A time-off in lieu system is operated by the Trust.
  • Strong verbal communication skills
  • Good written communication skills
  • Ability to engage with people of all ages and backgrounds
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team
  • Willingness to work outdoors throughout the year

Annual leave: 28 days annual leave pro rata plus bank holidays. 

Location: Home-Based. The work will include some home-based computer / planning activities, alongside working across the Mersey catchment area, both indoors (e.g. in community spaces) and outdoors.

Travel expenses: travel expenses will be paid for all work-related travel within the Mersey catchment (Greater Manchester and Cheshire and part of the High Peak district of Derbyshire). Candidates living outside the catchment area will need to cover their own travel costs from their home to the catchment boundary. 

To apply: 

If you wish to apply, please send a CV (no more than two sides of A4) and covering letter (no more than two sides of A4), outlining how you meet the requirements of the person specification and job description and why you want to work for Mersey Rivers Trust. Please email your application to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Applications must be received by email no later than the end of 19th February 2024.

If you would like more information about the role before submitting an application, you may contact us via email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Experienced Youth Worker for Blue Mentor post

Flexible 18.75hrs pw

£28-£30k FTE dependent on experience

Home-based, with travel across the region (mainly Greater Manchester and Liverpool City Region) and some UK travel.

£20 monthly phone allowance and IT equipment provided

Mersey Rivers Trust is excited to have received funding from The Ernest Cook Trust and #iwill to create a 3 year part-time (18.75 hours per week) post to develop and deliver an innovative programme enabling young people aged 10 – 14 to undertake social action projects in support of the water environment in their area.  We have a long-held ambition to develop our work with young people and see this post as an important first step in turning this ambition into reality.

The key elements of the role are to:

  • Build a network of organisations, charities, groups and institutions in your area that support young people and are looking to enable environmental youth social action
  • Engage with 60 young people (target age 10-14 year olds) per year of the project or a total of 180 young people across three years to become Blue Influencers
  • Support the Blue Influencer groups in the conception, planning, delivery and continuation of youth-led environmental social action projects of their choosing
  • Support local networks in communicating and embedding environmental change beyond the life of the projects

As a member of the MRT team you will be working with a group of people committed to improving our blue environment and the engagement of local people with the rivers and waterbodies in their area.  Whilst you will be spearheading a new project you will get lots of support from colleagues to develop and deliver project ideas and to introduce you to our existing networks in the communities we work with.

The post holder will be one of 20 Blue Mentors in England and the national project lead, the Ernest Cook Trust, will provide opportunities for training, networking and mutual support throughout the project.

The person we are looking for to join our team will have:

  • Significant experience in working with young people in our target age group in informal education and/or youth work settings
  • Experience in enabling and empowering young people to develop and deliver the activities and projects that are important to them
  • A passion for the natural environment
  • An understanding of the principles of community engagement and action
  • A proven ability to build networks
  • Experience in developing, managing and evaluating the impact of projects.

The full job description is available here.

If you have any questions or would like an informal discussion about the role, please contact Lindsay Beaton on 07447 405596 or by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Applications should consist of:

  • A CV of employment history, highlighting relevant experience (2 pages max)
  • A covering letter describing how you meet the requirements of the post (2 pages max)

and be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by end of Monday 19 February 2024 at latest.

Interviews will be held in February by Zoom or in person, according to circumstances.

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