Head of Conservation

Salary: £33,000 – £35,000 pa pro rata plus pension

Permanent, Full time or 30 hours

Location: Penrith, Cumbria

If you are seeking a challenging conservation leadership role in a superb location this post could be ideal for you.

We are looking for a knowledgeable and experienced senior conservationist with a strong background in river catchment management to lead our conservation team. 

Eden, along with the rest of Cumbria, has long been at the centre of innovative river restoration and water friendly farming initiatives, and since the floods of 2013-15 it has also been a target UK region for developing natural solutions to flood management.

These complex overlapping agendas provide many opportunities to deliver sustainable catchment management on a large scale, and Eden Rivers Trust seeks a dynamic individual to help us do just that.Based in Penrith, you will work in the scenic rolling countryside of the Eden Valley, with the Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales and the Pennines also on the doorstep.

You will have experience of developing and managing large multi-partner conservation projects, controlling complex budgets, reporting to donors and line managing a staff team. You will have confidence and credibility, and be able to perform internally as a member of the senior management team as well as externally engaging and influencing a variety of stakeholders.

It’s a great time to join our small, dedicated team as we embark on an exciting stage in our development. As part of the new senior management team, you’ll have the chance to help shape our future, delivering innovative projects that matter; improving and protecting the Eden for people and wildlife.

Download Head of Conservation job description (PDF)

Please submit the application form, equal opportunities form and CV by email to office@edenrt.org or by post to:

Eden Rivers Trust,

Dunmail Building

Newton Rigg College


Cumbria CA11 0AH


Deadline for applications: 9am, Wednesday 14 March 2018

Interviews will be held week beginning 19 March 2018

For an informal discussion about the role, please contact Elizabeth Radford, CEO on 01768 866788