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We are recruiting for a Senior Project/Partnership Manager !

See below for details - closing date for applications is 16 June 2023

Job Description

Job Title: Senior Project / Partnership Manager 

Location: Merseyside/Warrington

Salary: £34,000 - £38,000 dependent on experience

Hours: Full Time, 37.5 hours per week. Flexibility required (some evening & weekend work)


The Mersey Rivers Trust (MRT) is an environmental charity focussing on the protection and enhancement of rivers and waterbodies in the Mersey Catchment. It operates in an area covering Greater Manchester, Merseyside and Cheshire.

We now have a vacancy for a Senior Project/Partnership Manager to join a dynamic and dedicated team who are committed to delivering collaborative environmental river-based improvements.

The Trust works with partners, local communities and volunteers to deliver a wide range of projects including river restoration, reduction of flood risk by Natural Flood Management techniques, river monitoring, volunteer events (e.g. river clean-ups/invasive species control and citizen science), community engagement and education events, farm advice/plans and biodiversity net gain.

The Trust hosts three successful CaBA (Catchment Based Approach) partnerships in the Alt Crossens, Lower Mersey and Upper Mersey catchments. The role holder will focus on the hosting of the Alt Crossens and Lower Mersey partnerships in addition to working with other partnership groups and stakeholders in the area.

The role will also include leading a team of three project managers responsible for the development and delivery of a portfolio of environmental river-based projects in the Alt Crossens and Lower Mersey catchments, including direct line management responsibilities.

The role holder will report directly to the Operations and Delivery Director and will be a member of the senior leadership team.

Key Responsibilities

  • Facilitate collaborative and effective coordination of the two CaBA Partnerships across the Alt Crossens and Lower Mersey Catchments.
  • Work with partners to maintain, update and deliver the Catchment plans.
  • Meet the key objectives and success measures for each catchment.
  • To maintain and develop partnerships with stakeholders, including Environment Agency, Local Authorities, Natural England, local water company, other NGOs and community groups.
  • Work with the Operations & Delivery Director and the Strategy & Development Director to prepare and manage budgets, provide input to the Trust’s business plan and strategic initiatives.
  • To identify and apply for project funding to support delivery of our objectives.
  • Undertake the day-to-day leadership and management of the Alt Crossens and Lower Mersey project delivery team.
  • Maintain, oversee, and update all project delivery and reporting systems on time and to budget (including timesheets, expenses and monthly reports).
  • Preparing and submitting applications to obtaining necessary consents and permissions (including Environment Agency Permits, Landowner Agreements and Planning Permissions).
  • Build landowner relationships to secure necessary permissions to implement projects.
  • Contribute to, and in some cases lead, the procurement process.
  • Supervision of contractors and junior staff delivering works.
  • Undertake site visits to monitor progress of works, keeping records and reporting onwards.
  • Complete all necessary reports, and keep suitable records in line with the funding requirements and document retention policy.
  • Highlight any new risks and issues identified during works, and work with the team to manage and resolve them.
  • To help the Trust team to engage and consult with existing community groups, schools, clubs, voluntary sector, interest groups, etc. and local councils to foster learning and a sense of ownership in the works.
  • Implement rigorous safeguarding and health & safety procedures and lead by example in prioritising health and safety and wellbeing by taking responsibility for yourself, participant volunteers and colleagues. You shall comply with Mersey Rivers Trust’s Health & Safety and Safeguarding policies and defined standards at all times.
  • Any other reasonable duties as required by MRT.

The post holder will be home based with travel throughout the Mersey catchment. The applicant will need to live within or close to the Mersey catchment to facilitate regular travel to meetings, site visits and to regularly meet with staff. Remote working from other parts of the country cannot be considered for this role due to the need for regular face-to-face interactions and outdoor activities.

Candidate Profile


  • Educated to degree level or equivalent, ideally in a relevant subject with a strong track record in environmental management and project management.
  • Valid driving licence and own car, insured for business use.
  • A confident and clear communicator with experience in leading collaborative partnerships and delivering projects with a variety of stakeholders and groups.
  • Leadership skills; developing, coaching and managing teams.
  • Experience of successful project delivery, including budget control and reporting.
  • Experience in working with and managing external consultants and contractors.
  • Self-motivated and able to work effectively from home with strong communication skills and with a high level of accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Ability to work flexibly, including some evenings and weekends.
  • Ability to prioritise and plan activities to meet strict deadlines.
  • Excellent literacy, numeracy and report-writing skills.
  • Excellent presentation and communication skills.
  • Good computer literacy skills (e.g. with Excel, Word, PowerPoint and project reporting systems).
  • Reliability, good attendance and work performance.
  • Ability to set performance objectives and ensure these are achieved.
  • Excellent organisational / admin skills and attention to detail.


  • Hold a project management qualification (APM, Prince, etc).
  • Knowledge of the Mersey Catchment.
  • Extensive understanding of river and estuary environments.
  • Experience in developing successful funding applications.
  • Managing and working with volunteers.

General Notes

  • Extensive travel around the Mersey Catchment will be necessary therefore a current driving licence and access to a vehicle is essential.
  • This position will from time to time require work during some evenings, weekends and public holidays to meet the needs of the post. A time-off in lieu system is operated by the Trust.

Term and Conditions

The following terms and conditions are typically offered to Mersey Rivers Trust staff and are set out as a guide only. Terms and conditions may vary according to circumstances and this summary does not form part of any subsequent employment 

Annual leave: 28 days annual leave plus bank holidays 

Location: Home Based

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 email to the Operations & Delivery Director of the Mersey Rivers Trust, Paul Henbrey (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Applications must be received no later than 16th June 2023.

Interviews will be held w/c 26th June 2023; venue and format to be confirmed. 

If you would like more information on the role before submitting an application, you may contact the Directors: Paul Henbrey 07747 446103 (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or John Sanders 07821 117396 (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

All Donations Doubled ! It's the Big Give Green Week 20 - 27 April

Starting at midday on Thursday 20 April it is the Big Give Green Match Funding Week - and

running to midday on Thursday 27 April.

If you can, please make a donation to help us continue our work with local communities in

Greater Manchester, Merseyside & Cheshire to improve local rivers for people & wildlife.

Every £ donated is doubled: one donation, twice the impact!

To make a donation, please click below to go to our Big Give Green Week fundraising page:

Mersey Rivers Trust Community Engagement Programme (

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Your kind donation will help us run more community volunteer working parties to improve the

local river environment, deliver more school visits to rivers and carry out more monitoring of the

health of our local rivers.

Many thanks for your support !

The Mersey Rivers Trust Team


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Come along for a free pie and pint and find out more about how Mersey Rivers Trust can help you be more water friendly in your farming. We can provide a free farm plan and possible future funding.

Through visits to your farm and fields, we can provide you with a Water Management Plan, that looks at how clean and dirty water is separated on farm, how runoff is managed, how absorption into the soil and crop rotation is working, and identify any areas that would benefit from small changes such as improved guttering, livestock tracks, water troughs, fencing, trees, rainwater harvesting, and other things too.

This plan will put you in the best position to be able to access funding from us in future years; as we are hopeful that DEFRA will provide us with funding to support any capital improvements we have identified in your Water Management Plan. 

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Mersey Rivers Trust is celebrating the great news that there are now 37 different fish species living in the Mersey Estuary. 

Mersey Rivers Trust has been running a citizen science monitoring survey with local anglers on the Mersey Estuary during the past year to find out how many different fish species are now living in the estuary.  

Mike Duddy from Mersey Rivers Trust said last year’s survey results of 37 different species was nearly two and a half times the number of species found in a previous survey in 2002 as part of building the Mersey Gateway Bridge, when no more than 15 fish species were found.

Mike added that: “Over the last 30 years, there’s been this tremendous regeneration of the River Mersey. This renewal started slowly but is now picking up pace. I still think we’re right at the beginning of something special.” 

Mike Cuddy, from the Mersey Rivers Trust, holding a freshly caught cod next to the Mersey

Five different types of shark have been found as well as huge eels, sea scorpions, restaurant delicacies like turbot, and the very rare smelt. Smelt may even be breeding in the estuary and further work is planned to try to confirm this.  More than a century ago, smelt were very common in the estuary with a smelt canning factory in Warrington, but industrialisation and population growth led to them being completely wiped out of the Mersey Estuary. 

Kiera Tuck, from Seacombe, got involved in angling on the Mersey Estuary after walking past one day as someone was fishing a shark out of the river and now brings her child along.  She said: “I’m just obsessed now. I’m listing everything I want to buy. It makes me proud. My friend tagged me in the species list survey programme run by Mersey Rivers Trust and I was amazed".

Mersy Rivers Trust will be continuing the survey with anglers during 2023 and we would love to have more anglers joining in and reporting the different species that they are catching.  Please contact Mike Duddy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to find out more details and how to get involved.

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