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Taff Bargoed Catchment Project Officer

South East Wales Rivers Trust

​Funded by the Rural Development Programme a Twelve Month fixed Term Contract Three Days per week. Salary Scale will be £18k-£20k pro rata. There will be a two month probationary period. 

To apply, please send your up to date CV and a detailed covering letter, demonstrating your suitability in terms of the job advertised and the skills required, to Anthony Rees Chairman Southeast Wales Rivers Trust.

Closing Date 20th January 2018 at Midnight

Main Duties

The overall responsibility of the post holder is to deliver The Taff Bargoed Project.

Through a series of events, actions and activities the project will look to engage with residents, schools, landowners, Commoners, the two Angling Associations, Government and Non-Government Organisations, Volunteer Groups or Friends of Groups that operate in the Taff Bargoed valley. Awareness of the South East Wales Rivers Trust and wider Rivers Trust movement Wales in their actions for river environments and the communities they serve.

Within the overall context of a Taf Bargoed project, the post holder will
seek to:

  • Develop and disseminate interpretative activities and educational materials on
    the past, present and future of the Taff Bargoed Catchment and where appropriate the river Taff system itself.
  • Plan and provide volunteering opportunities for local communities, including
    disabled and disadvantaged people, on special Taff-Bargoed focused events.
  • Organise and facilitate a River restoration Course and through public
    lectures, river investigations, citizen science projects and interpretative field events encourage the local people to value their river.
  • Plan and deliver initiatives for schools and encourage the local schools on the value of the river,; these can include a river visit if safe to introduce the pupils to the ( KICK SAMPLING PROCERDURE) the process of identifying the health of the river by insect sampling. Pond Dipping
  • Encourage river-focussed recreation in the Taff system, for example, through
    interpretative events and river walks linked to the Taf Bargoed
  • Seek opportunities for habitat/wildlife and access improvement projects  involving local community groups and groups such as students
  • Organise Taf Bargoed litter-pick days in conjunction with 'Keep-Wales Tidy'
  • Collate and work with partners to gather evidence to inform and encourage better understanding and sustainable management of the Taff Bargoed catchment.
  • Apply knowledge of statutory environmental requirements to protect both the South East Wales Rivers Trust and the environment.  

    Further examples of opportunities through which the post holder will deliver these actions include:
  • Giving primary school children the opportunity to learn about river
    habitats/wildlife and take part in activities such as pond dipping or as above insect sampling.
  • Delivering further a European Eel classroom project where the Trust will be on hand to place equipment in the local schools so the pupils have the benefit for about two to three months of caring and feeding for the elvers.

    Be responsible for maintaining the equipment
  • Collecting, compiling and publicising reminiscences' about how the river
    use to be, and how it has changed
  • Providing public opportunities for training in Invertebrate 'Riverfly Monitoring' and walkover surveys to develop local skills, local knowledge and employment potential.
  • Provide information on the fish in the river to the schools.
  • Working with partners to develop a potential future catchment scale restoration project
  • Connect communities with the environmental challenges and solutions facing communities to improve environmental resilience.
  • Promote understanding and awareness of the local environment and our potential benefits or impacts on local biodiversity.
  • Providing 'Riverbird magic' walks to seek dippers, grey wagtails, kingfishers
    and other river birds such as the Heron. Explain their order in the food chain.
  • The Trust already has several school programmes set up. To utilise and use these and if necessary modify them for use on the Taf Bargoed catchment

    Media and Marketing
  • Disseminate and publicise the project and its activities in both English (and
    Welsh as far as possible) through all media including news print, web pages
    and social media
  • Produce newsletters and flyers for public distribution on the projects aims,
    objectives and activities - ensuring timely production of text, contract with
    printers, sundries ordered and distribution arranged.
  • Present project work as required at conferences, seminars and meetings
  • Produce press releases and act as project main contact for media promotion
  • Manage the project website, in liaison with other staff and volunteers.

    Partnership Working
  • Maintain a close working relationship with the South East Wales Rivers Trust, Afonydd Cymru, local Council, Natural Resources Wales, the Commoners including attending the Commoners meetings and any other meetings that the line manger think are necessary.
  • Seek and develop other partnership opportunities, for example with Keep Wales
    Tidy, Wildife Trusts Wales, RSPB, other urban rivers trusts where necessary.
  • Establish and maintain a wide variety of contacts for the benefit of the Taff Bargoed Project.
  • Team Working

    •. Any other duties as directed by the line manager and Chairman of the South East Wales Rivers Trust
  • Recording:
  • Be responsible: for keeping records of all volunteer hours.
  • Managing budget sheets with the Chairman.
  • Some weekend work may be necessary.
  • Take reasonable care for the health and safety of yourself and others and comply with all health and safety legislation as appropriate.

    Job Specific Criteria: 

    1)  Good knowledge of some of the following: nature conservation and legislation relevant to nature conservation, countryside and agricultural management issues. Essential

    2)  Proven experience of working with communities, volunteer groups and/or children. Essential

    3)  Good interpersonal skills, team working skills and the ability to deal appropriately with people of all levels. Essential

    4) Education to degree level or equivalent in a relevant environmental or rural land-use science. Desirable

    5)  Good written and spoken communication skills, computer literacy including experience and working knowledge of Microsoft Office. Essential

    6)  The nature of the role is physically demanding. The role will require independent working, possibly in remote areas with difficult terrains e.g. farms, river environments and conservation sites. Essential

7) The ability to currently and legally drive a car in the UK, with access to your own transport (Mileage to carry out the Project will be paid). Essential 

8) Knowledge of the Welsh Language. Desirable. 

This post is part-funded through the Welsh Government Rural Communities -Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, which is funded by the Welsh Government and the European Union.​

Interviews will be held Early February at Natural Resources Wales offices in St Melons Cardiff. Successful candidates for interview will be informed of Date/s and times.

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Mar 15
River Ely Litter Pick

In 2016 Cardiff’s Environmental Scrutiny Committee set up the Restore Our Rivers inquiry to look into the problems facing local rivers and to identify how these could be resolved.  To deliver this work they drew in the support of Dwr Cymru / Welsh Water, Natural Resources Wales, Keep Wales Tidy, South East Wales Rivers Trust, Glamorgan Anglers, Cardiff Rivers Group and Groundwork Wales.


To celebrate the work of the Restore Our Rivers Group and to raise the profile of the planned events for the River Ely Clean the group is running an organised litter pick at Grangemoor Park in Cardiff on Tuesday 21st March 2017.  The event will start at 10am and finish at 12pm.  A link showing the location to Grangemoor Park is provided below:,+Cardiff/@51.4569235,-3.1949402,16z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x486e0358b8211287:0x2f1de5be865ee095!8m2!3d51.4565841!4d-3.1907169


If you interested in taking part please contact Richard Bowen on 02920 873606 or email him at  Equipment for the litter pick will be made available on the day and the event will be supported by Keep Wales Tidy.  Those taking part should meet in the car park for Grangemoor Park between 9:45am and 10am – the car park is next to the roundabout on Dunleavy Drive. ​

Apr 13
SEWRT Statement on the Proposed Cardiff Tidal Lagoon

​The South East Wales Rivers Trust does not object in principle to the construction of a Tidal Lagoon at Cardiff. However, in its role as a major voice for the welfare of the River Rhymney we are concerned that the proposal includes the enclosure of the river by the Lagoon. This is likely to have a negative impact on migratory fish such as salmon and sea trout. The Trust will continue to monitor the progress of this project in order to protect the interests of the River and its ecology.​

Mar 10

​The river restoration course has been featured on the ITV Wales news this evening. A report by Nicola Hendy showed the students hard at work on the Ely while learning how flylife monitoring is a good indicator of river health. Click here​ to see more

Mar 06
Winter Newsletter 2014/15

The Trust has just published our Winter newsletter. If you would like to read it, please click here​.​

Feb 24
River Restoration Course

​We have five students currently participating in the pilot scheme for our river restoration course. So far they have visited the Taf, the Clun, the Ely and the Taf Fechan and have learnt about surveying, vegetation management, how to take a kick sample and how to use equipment safely. Regular updates on our students' progress can be found on our Facebook page.

Oct 06
We Have a Vacancy

We are looking for a new project officer to develop and lead the Clun Catchment Restoration. Initially the job is a fixed contract until the end of June 2015, but will extend into future years if the project receives funding. Please see the jobs page here​ for further details.​

Sep 18
Summer Newsletter Published

​The summer edition of our newsletter is now available. It can be downloaded by clicking here​. If you have any comments or questions, please get in touch using the contact us page of this web site.

Jun 13
SEWRT to Attend Go Wild Event

​The Gwyl Taf project team will be at Parc Bryn​ Bach, Tredegar on the 14th June for the Go Wild event. This is the largest wildlife event in South Wales, and is held at a diffferent venue each year. Our stand will include a range of activities including dragonfly making and river samples for you to investigate. More details of the event here​.

Jun 02
SEWRT in the News

The BBC has published a story on their web site about the return of salmon to the headwaters of the Taff. Whilst this isn't breaking news, hopefully the BBC story will help to spread the word more widely. You can read the story by clicking here​.

May 08
World Fish Migration Day - 24th May

​​​​As the name implies, this is a global event to draw attention to ​​the importance of open rivers and migratory fish. WWF is the lead sponsor, and many other organisations have provided funding and support. In South Wales, Natural Resources Wales and Cardiff Harbour Authority are running an event on Cardiff Bay Barrage, and the South East Wales Rivers Trust will be there with our stand. Come along on the 24th May between 11:00 and 16:00 to meet with representatives of NRW and SEWRT and learn about fish migration in our rivers. More information here​ at the WFMD web site. 

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