Freshwater Ecologist

Bristol Avon Rivers Trust (BART)

Function Abstract

Job Title Freshwater Ecologist
Job Location House primarily based, with frequent journey and web site visits all through the
Contract 12 months, with a view to extension, topic to funding
Hours Full time, 5 days per week (40 hours per week / 1 FTE). The position might
typically require night and weekend work. For the precise candidate, half time hours could also be thought-about.
Wage £26,560- £29,879 (professional rata) relying on expertise.
Vacation 25 days per yr (along with financial institution and public holidays)
Line Report to Head of Operations


Efficient panorama restoration requires information pushed selections. At Bristol Avon Rivers Belief,
we work in partnership with landowners, companies, group teams, and authorities to
determine and ship interventions to make our catchment richer and extra resilient to
pressures. We’re searching for an individual to hitch our increasing group to determine habitats and
species value defending—discover alternatives for habitat creation, enlargement, and enchancment
throughout our watershed—from the headwater of sub-catchments, proper all the way down to the lowland
floodplains of North Somerset and the Severn Vale.

We’re a rising Belief, with huge ambitions for our catchment. This new position is a key addition
to our group, who give attention to fixing environmental issues with nature-based options. Working
to help and advise colleagues, you’ll be out within the area conducting surveys, walkovers,
and web site visits—to assist each collect proof of points and construct habitat enchancment tasks
that supply a number of advantages to necessary ecosystem providers akin to pure flood administration,
carbon seize and storage, and water stewardship to help a biodiverse and resilient

This place will play a central position in coordinating BART’s Anglers’ Riverfly Monitoring
Initiative (ARMI) riverfly monitoring volunteer base, which provided the best amount of
regional riverfly information to the Riverfly Partnership throughout 2023.

You’ll be a certified Ecologist with a ardour for panorama and river restoration and have a
good understanding of sensible interventions that may have the most effective influence for nature.

What you’ll be doing

  • Finishing up ecological surveys and assessments on websites of potential land use change,
    pure flood administration (NFM) intervention, or river restoration.
  • Assessing biodiversity baseline, creation, and enhancement metrics for Biodiversity Internet
    Achieve (BNG) in terrestrial habitats in addition to freshwater habitats.
  • Serving to to design and fee ecological work.
  • Conducting river situation assessments and walkover surveys.
  • Gathering scientific data—together with working with our community of citizen scientists.
  • Figuring out habitat enchancment alternatives and supporting Bristol Avon Rivers Belief
    employees and volunteers to ship enhancements.
  • Coordinate and help BART’s rising variety of month-to-month riverfly screens, and run coaching
    periods to upskill new volunteers, and serving to them to arrange new websites.
  • Working with different workers to help actions, partaking with native authorities and
    group teams.
  • Staying updated with the most recent developments in BNG, land administration laws,
    funding alternatives, and greatest apply habitat administration for local weather change mitigation and
    resilience, water stewardship, and ecosystem providers.

An instance working week may contain enterprise aquatic invertebrate kick sampling, farm
scale ecological appraisal for a NFM challenge, delivering a volunteer riverfly monitoring
coaching course and a tributary habitats and alternatives walkover survey.

The place you’ll be working

The Bristol Avon Rivers Belief is a charitable organisation focussed on defending and bettering
rivers and waterways throughout the Bristol Avon Catchment. We function throughout North Somerset,
Bristol, South Gloucestershire, Bathtub and Northeast Somerset and Wiltshire, working in
partnership with the Setting Company, native authorities, the water trade, non-public
landowners and their tenants, charitable organisations, and group curiosity teams. You’ll
be working throughout the vary of landscapes and habitats within the Bristol Avon catchment, from
city streams, agricultural land, by way of woodland and riparian and riverine habitats. There
shall be a mixture of working from house and throughout the river catchment.

Who we’re searching for

We’re searching for a candidate with a sound understanding of ecology and habitats who has
expertise of ecological surveying of riparian/riverine, pond and freshwater wetland habitats.
We’d such as you to have a superb understanding of the Biodiversity Internet Achieve Metric, and expertise
in figuring out, recommending, and finishing up habitat enchancment works. We’d such as you to have
expertise of working in collaboration with stakeholders and volunteers, and perceive land
administration, habitat and river pressures. We’d additionally such as you to have an understanding of the
work of the riverfly partnership, and specifically ARMI riverfly monitoring.

You’ll have wonderful communication expertise and a all the way down to earth method in direction of working with
folks. You’ll be self-motivated, can handle competing deadlines, and ship duties to a excessive
commonplace. You’ll have a full UK driving licence and have entry to a automobile.

Above all, you’ll be dedicated to our agenda as a Belief, what we stand for, and what we wish
to attain.

Individual Specification

Expertise of:

  • Conducting Ecological Surveys and Ecological Affect Assessments, with a selected give attention to
    freshwater habitats. Important.
  • Figuring out and prescribing habitat enchancment alternatives. Important.
  • Skilled in riverfly monitoring, and specifically ARMI riverfly monitoring programme.
  • Report writing expertise. Important.
  • Working with and managing volunteer teams (in context of citizen science). Fascinating.
  • Mapping utilizing LandApp, GIS, and others. Fascinating.

Information and Understanding of:

  • Present environmental laws, together with Biodiversity Internet Achieve, Precedence Habitats, and
    Precedence Species. Important.
  • Ecosystem items and providers. Important.
  • Metrics for quantifying and reporting panorama modifications (e.g. woodland carbon code,
    peatland carbon code). Fascinating.
  • Strategic partnership improvement and relationship administration. Fascinating.

Expertise and {Qualifications}

  • Glorious communication expertise, with a observe document of constructing and sustaining
    relationships with exterior companions. Important.
  • Glorious IT expertise particularly with Microsoft Workplace. Important.
  • GIS expertise. Fascinating.
  • Presenting environmental data to develop compelling proof for change. Fascinating.
  • Related skilled qualification/affiliation (e.g. CIEEM, CEnv, and so forth.). Fascinating.

Private Qualities

  • Good organisational expertise/self-discipline and the power to plan, observe, ship and consider
    work. Important.
  • Potential to prioritise and ship work to related requirements and tight deadlines.
  • Potential to work beneath personal initiative, and as half of a bigger, cross-functional group.
  • Modern and applies inventive thought to develop new initiatives and downside fixing.

Commonplace Phrases & Situations

Wage: £26,560- £29,879 every year (professional rata). Salaries are paid every month by
financial institution switch.

Hours: The Belief operates a 40-hour working week (full time). Our core hours
of enterprise are 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Contract: This place is initially obtainable on a set time period contract for 12

Flexibility: The Belief recognises the significance of a powerful work-life stability
and actively promotes this. The Belief, the place attainable, endeavours to satisfy the versatile working
wants of its workers. A excessive diploma of flexibility is supplied to employees members in relation
to hours and site of labor. Half time work could also be thought-about.

Holidays: 25 days per yr (along with financial institution and public holidays). (Professional
rata for half time roles)

Pensions: You might be eligible to be auto enrolled to the Rivers Belief Group
Pension Plan with Royal London which offers an employer contribution of 9%.

Discover Interval: One month following passable completion of a 3-month
probationary interval.

Place of Work: House workplace primarily based, with journey throughout the catchment as

Journey: Public transport is inspired the place attainable. Enterprise mileage is
claimed by way of our expense’s process. The candidate should have entry to a automobile for
enterprise functions and a clear driving license.

Time limit

The time limit for functions for this position is Sunday thirty first December 2023 at 23:59


Interviews shall be held utilizing video conferencing week commencing eighth or fifteenth January 2024.

How you can Apply

To use please e-mail your CV and a protecting letter detailing your expertise related to the
position to [email protected] earlier than the
time limit.

We stay up for receiving your utility.

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