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Programme Manager (full time)

Reference     (Please mention Stopdodo/Environment Jobs in your application)
Sectors   Water, Hydrology & Marine Ecology
Location   England (North West)
Salary   £30,000 – £37,000 p.a. dependant on experience
Type   Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status   Full Time
Level   Senior Level
Deadline   14/06/2015
Company Name   Ribble Rivers Trust
Contact Name   Catherine Birtwistle
Telephone   01200 444452
Email   admin@ribbletrust.com
Website   Further Details / Applications
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Ribble Rivers Trust (RRT) is the lead partner in the Ribble Life Together project, which as a catchment scale project is delivering a range of activities to improve the condition, management and awareness of the Ribble Catchment.  The project brings together over 20 stakeholder and interest groups to develop and deliver a catchment action plan that will bring immediate and lasting benefits for people and the environment.  Funding for this project has come from a variety of partners and sources, including the Heritage Lottery Fund.

As part of this project the Trust is looking to recruit an experienced and technically competent, dynamic and enthusiastic person to manage the development of the programme of activities within the development phase of the Ribble Life Together project.

The Ribble Life Partnership has identified a range of activities that are required to improve the management and physical condition of the Ribble Catchment.  Many of the activities will be delivered in partnership with other organisations, consultants and by a team of project officers.  The scale of the project requires the appointment of a dedicated Programme Manager.  As well as managing the activities of a range of project officers and development of activities, the role will be responsible for collating the outcomes of the development phase and with the assistance of the Trust Director, writing and submitting the Delivery Phase application to the Heritage Lottery Fund.

We are therefore looking for a confident and clear communicator with extensive experience in project management, partnership projects and writing large scale funding applications.  The successful candidate will have experience of landscape-scale conservation, ecosystem services, rivers, catchment ecology and the Water Framework Directive.

The role will be responsible for:

  • Co-ordination and management the programme of activities within the development phase of Ribble Life Together
  • Aiding in the development of certain project activities
  • Recruiting and appointing consultants, partners and new staff
  • Undertaking site visits, meetings and other activities to document project progress
  • Identifying changes and risk and implement suitable process to manage these
  • Ensuring that evaluation data is captured from the outset of the project
  • Managing a small team of employees to aid in the development of Ribble Life Together
  • Ensuring works are completed to deadline and in budget
  • Managing any contract & agreement variations that may arise
  • Monitoring progress and providing an evaluation report to the Ribble Life Partnership, Trust Director and the Heritage Lottery Fund at regular periods
  • Undertaking presentations to partners, community groups and others to share learning from the project
  • Working with the Trust Director and partners to identify and apply for match funding for Ribble Life Together
  • Combine the development, evaluation and other actions into a delivery phase plan, and work with the Trust Director to write and submit a 2nd phase application to the Heritage Lottery Fund
  • Contributing and assisting in the production of publicity and marketing materials
  • Any other duties as required by the RRT

The post holder will be based principally within RRT offices in Clitheroe.  The post will report to the Trust Director.

Person Description

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate that they are exceptionally self-motivated and are passionate about managing and improving the environment.  They must also be a good communicator with a strong background in environmental sector and the delivery of projects. A good knowledge of the Ribble Catchment and the functioning of river catchments will also be beneficial.


  • Valid driving licence and own car, insured for business use
  • Degree level or equivalent related experience in environmental management or similar
  • Knowledge and experience of a range of catchment processes and how they interact
  • Demonstrable experience of successful large scale project management including;
    • Budgetary management
    • Achievement of objectives on time
  • Demonstrable experience of developing and delivering training activities
  • Training and experience in the use of GIS (preferably ArcGIS)
  • Ability to work on the differing tasks identified in the Job Description at the same time
  • Proven record of successful funding application development and submissions
  • Excellent presentation skills and communication skills for a wide range of audiences
  • Possessing good interpersonal skills, both face-to-face and over the phone
  • Experience of managing a team of project officers and partners
  • Reliability, good attendance and work performance
  • Ability to set performance objectives and ensure these are achieved
  • Excellent organisational / admin skills and attention to detail –
  • Good IT skills / maintaining a filing system
  • Keeping records of work undertaken
  • Keeping records of expenses incurred
  • Awareness of the need for confidentiality.


  • Qualification in Project Management such as Prince 2
  • Experience in the management of Heritage Lottery Fund projects
  • Knowledge of the Ribble Catchment
  • Based near or in the project area.


Email your application form with a covering letter to admin@ribbletrust.com

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