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  1. 1. RRC Restoration & Information AdviserAdvertRiver Restoration Centre - School of Applied SciencesCranfield University, Cranfield, BedfordshireRestoration & Information Adviser37 hours per weekStarting salary: £22,128 to £23,362 per annum (1 year contract,renewed annually)The River Restoration Centre is the UK information and advice centre for riverrestoration, providing support for all aspects of river restoration and habitatimprovement.RRC is a registered not-for-profit company limited by guarantee. The Centre is based atCranfield University and housed within the Cranfield Water Sciences Institute.Main responsibilities will include: project-specific advisory work; site visits to assessriver restoration works; compilation of technical case studies; updating the RRC UKproject inventory and the EU-wide WIKI database; coordinating the programme ofspeakers for the annual conference and assisting with site visits, training andpresentations; responsible for planning, co-ordination & delivery of twice yearly RRCnewsletter.You will be educated to degree level in an appropriate technical or scientific subjectwith relevant experience. You will have: knowledge and understanding of riverrestoration processes to provide advice and guidance of a technical nature; knowledgeof the EU and UK water management policy ; knowledge of GIS packages; goodcommand of technical written English and report writing style.After reviewing the information below you will need to apply on-line using the CranfieldUniversity application process. For an informal discussion please contact Martin Janeson 01234 752979.Closing date for receipt of applications is 9th December 2012You must be available for interview at the RRC offices on Friday 14th December 2012.
  2. 2. Job Description Job Title Restoration & Information Adviser School/Dept SAS/ES&T/CWSI/River Restoration Centre Proposed Level L4 WORKING CONTEXT The River Restoration Centre (RRC) RRC is the UK information and advice centre for river restoration, providing support for all aspects of river restoration and habitat improvement. RRC is a registered not- for-profit company limited by guarantee. The Centre is based at Cranfield University and housed within the Cranfield Water Sciences Institute. RRC funds its activities by core funded service level agreements with government agencies as well as providing case specific advisory work in support of reach based schemes and catchment-scale initiatives. ORGANISATIONAL CHART Reporting Bodies River Restoration Centre Cranfield Water Sciences Board of Directors Institute Expert Advisers brought in as required L7 Managing Director L6 Science and Technical ManagerScience andTechnical Team L6 Team Leader (new post, TBA) Support Team L4 Centre AdministratorL5 Nene River L5 Senior L4 Accounts Restoration Restoration Technician Adviser Adviser L4 Restoration L3 Restoration & Information Communication L2 Adviser Adviser Administrative Assistant JOB PURPOSE To support a range of site or river advisory visits. The role requires understanding of technical knowledge gained through experience and/or training to then help produce technically detailed notes and reports to inform stakeholders of a range of options for
  3. 3. best practice management and restoration work. Report content will be guided bymore senior RRC staff.The role encompasses the collection and dissemination of technical data/informationon aspects of UK-wide river restoration and best practice river management. Thework involves guidance and general instructions from more senior colleagues inaddressing and resolving problems.MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES Main Responsibilities % time spent1. Technical Work 45% Support RRC staff and external advisers to deliver specialist technical advice and reports on river restoration to a range of UK statutory agencies, practitioners and NGO’s.  Support the provision of specialist advice using a range of methods including: site visit reports, desk based studies and analysis, one to one discussions.  Research, collate, organise and edit material for inclusion in reports/documents.  Provide quality, appropriate and timely response to technical enquiries from members and other ‘customers’.  Collect and assess feedback from customers to inform decisions, suggest changes in operation and report on successes. This work area both draws on, and provides, information to the RRC Projects Inventory/WIKI (below).2. Projects Inventory/River WIKI 20%  Accountable for new data entries and updates within the RRC’s UK project inventory and the EU-wide River WIKI database.  Production of regular analysis reports to funders and to support internal decision making.  Perform analysis and manipulation of data, highlighting and prioritising trends, new river restoration techniques and successes.  Set up and maintain external contacts for the regular/annual reporting of projects planned and delivered.3. Information 15% Co-ordinate and maintain the existing RRC information resource and disseminate information/report findings appropriately to ensure awareness of key developments via:  production of written case studies;  the RRC monthly bulletins;  RRC website content;  RRC-organised guided site visits;
  4. 4.  the RRC reference library and display material. Responsible for planning, co-ordination, sourcing external content and delivery of the twice-yearly RRC newsletter.4. Events 15% ‘Flagship’ RRC annual conference.  Guided by the Science and Technical Manager, responsible for abstract collation, draft programme, book of abstracts, main point of contact for speakers, collecting presentations in advance.  Publication of presentations on the RRC website post-event.  Support other areas of planning and conference delivery. Support the programming and technical delivery of RRC training courses, workshops, field visits and other events.5. Technical Support 5% Provide a range of basic GIS mapping, photo plotting, information sourcing and related technical support to other RRC advisory staff work.KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & EXPERIENCEEducated to degree level in an appropriate technical or scientific subject, with relevantwork experience.Plus: Knowledge and understanding of river restoration and river processes to support provision of first line advice and guidance of a technical nature. Knowledge of the EU and UK ‘water management’ policy context and the role and activities of key statutory agencies. Experience of working/responding independently and flexibly dealing with unforeseen problems and circumstances. Proven excellent written and verbal communication and organisational skills. Thorough working knowledge of Microsoft Office tools (Word, Excel, Powerpoint to an intermediate level) plus databases and GIS packages. Ability to plan and work under own initiative and coordinate well with others. Methodical with attention to detail. Proven ability to work as part of a small busy team. Proactive/resourceful. Receptive to new ideas and approaches. Full driving licence.PLANNING AND ORGANISING
  5. 5. The post holder will be guided by senior staff when organising and planning theirwork activities, to contribute to the work of the RRC. Work will generally bedelegated by a manager on an activity, task or monthly basis.The post requires the ability to work on multiple tasks against specific task budgets,with flexibility to re-prioritise. For example, three individual projects co-ordinatingthe time of two additional external advisers.The post holder will be expected to both undertake and support specific projects(reactive) as well as planning and organising on-going activities such as web updating(weekly), site visits (2-4 months), and events (up to 12 months). For example theRRC conference arrangements cover the entire year and require flexibility andforward planning from early calls for abstracts (Sept), chasing and compilation ofprogramme (Dec), presentations and the event (March/April) to papers andproceedings (April to August), all to an senior management agreed timetable.There is discretion to determine short term priorities within the overall agreedstructure/milestones of planed activities.COMMUNICATING AND INFLUENCINGCommunication is integral to this role and needs to be developed across a wide rangeof audiences.The post requires good liaison, communication and relationship building with RRCstaff as well as external bodies (e.g. UK environment agencies, consultants,contractors, NGO’s, research groups and universities etc. who are involved withwatercourse management), to support activities and represent RRC.RRC’s advice is seen as ‘the best available’ and held in high regard, therefore withmajor reputational implications for poor performance and poor presentation.The post holder will attend meetings as requested by manager, to support RRCactivities.Information and advice provided to ‘customers’ will help influence ideas and worktowards tangible outcomes. Outputs need to be delivered to ensure that informationand findings are in an appropriate form for the end-user.The post holder will contribute to the overall Centre development and managementideas through supporting senior RRC staff and as part of this small integrated team.They will offer input into the resource planning process at weekly meetings and inproject teams to ensure that the team’s time resource is appropriately and efficientlymanaged.PROBLEM SOLVINGMany tasks require initiative where answers are not straight forward, or common, orare new. Generally, answers are not available and solutions will need to be developedby the post holder in discussion with senior staff/managers/external experts.
  6. 6. Some complex issues will require initial guidance and follow-up manager support(e.g. multiple stakeholder views incorporated into a single report on technical rivermanagement solutions after a single day site visit).The post holder will resolve a range of issues/queries independently, provide adviceon routine technical matters (at peer level) and recommend specifically targetedcontacts/sources of information if RRC is unable to assist. For example, use of aspecific method for flow diversity in a Scottish gravel bed river; which UKcontractors have recently undertaken work in sensitive floodplain environments wherethe outcome was deemed successful. They will exercise initiative and judgement toensure that efficient, day to day customer service is delivered.The role will filter some issues/technical queries directed at senior staff/managers.For example, technical enquiries aimed at a manager that can easily be dealt with toprovide immediate support and advice for problem resolution.DECISION MAKINGI) You take without reference to others.  Sequencing and prioritisation within an overall specification.  Deploy assigned time resources towards defined objectives to ensure efficient delivery.  Delivery of technical information to enquirers and routing other enquiries to more experienced staff.  Changes to increase efficiency without significant resource implications.II) You refer to your manager/a colleague  Allocation of time between multiple tasks within the pre-agreed targets/deadlines.  Timing and delivery of major tasks - agree in advance/set by other senior team members/projects manager.  Conference draft programme of speakers presented for discussion and approval.  Suggested re-direction of time to alternative tasks where this would be of benefit to the organisation. These elements would be well thought out suggestions/solutions for discussion or agreement.  Which events to attend to represent RRC, whether to take on new work, sign off of detailed technical reports.GUIDING FRAMEWORKWork needs to be carried out with full understanding of the relevant internal(Cranfield and RRC) working practices. Cranfield policies and procedures RRC working practices Risk assessments for site visits Reporting formats for advisory work
  7. 7.  Project work delivered within deadlines and to agreed standardsThe post holder will be expected to maintain and improve operational efficiency andquality of service of own area via input to procedures and improvements.IMPACT The post holder’s ability to support accurate, well thought out and written advice to a wide range of stakeholders (government agencies to angling clubs) is critical to maintaining RRC’s excellent UK-wide reputation and success. The reporting and information provided to external bodies often informs the decision making and technical design of significant capital expenditure works. Poor information provision and advice could lose new/existing members, reduce the customer base and have a negative impact on the reputation of the centre (50% of turnover is via advisory work). Customer focus: On site, email and phone advice for external organisations and private landowners is the ‘face’ of the organisation. Enquirers will judge the Centre by the positive and helpful response they receive. Poor relationship development or inaccurate reporting could jeopardise core funding agreements and long term viability of RRC. Poor planning and delivery of events, e.g. the ‘appeal’ of the RRC annual conference abstract selection and draft programme, could compromise a £50,000 turnover, jeopardise its future, detriment the Centre’s reputation. The RRC information resource, its quality and its dissemination informs a wide audience of policy makers, basin managers and practitioners.FACTS & FIGURES5-10 advisory projects supported (depending on size and scope of work required(from 5 days to 20 days)). No direct financial responsibility, but responsible fordelivery (own contribution and others) within pre-defined budgets (time andexpenses) for each project (project values of between £5,000 and £20,000)4-8 technical enquiries received each week needing simple to complex responses.2 Technical site visits hosted with 15-20 attendees and a guest speaker/guide.10 post-project sites visited and case studies collated and written up.2 training courses/events supported.30-50 abstracts for the annual conference sifted and collated (200+ attendee event).100+ new NRRI/River WIKI project entries2000+ readership for the RRC Newsletter
  8. 8. OTHER INFORMATION RRC at Cranfield University The River Restoration Centre is a not for profit company limited by guarantee, and is based within the University. It operates as an independent Centre of Excellence, the only UK provider of dedicated river restoration expertise. RRC staff are employed specifically to run the Centre. All funding for the Centre and staff is from externally funded work. The post is full time. Work patterns Full time 37hrs per week. Fixed term contract: Annual, renewable. Location: RRC office, Cranfield. Travel to meetings and site visits required. Person SpecificationCRITERIA Essential DesirableEducation/ Educated to degree level in an Educated to Master’sQualifications appropriate technical or scientific degree level in an subject, with relevant work appropriate technical or experience scientific subject with relevant experience. OR Educated to degree level in an appropriate technical or scientific subject, with broad technical experience, acquired through on-the-job learning and application.Experience Knowledge & understanding of river restoration & river processes to provide front line advice & guidance of a technical nature.
  9. 9. Knowledge Knowledge of the EU & UK “water Understanding of the role management” policy context. & responsibilities of the key UK statutory agencies. Thorough working knowledge of Microsoft Office tools (Word, Excel Use of database packages & Powerpoint) to an intermediate (MS Access, Filemaker) level. Working knowledge of GIS packages (e.g. ArcGIS)Skills/Aptitudes Proven excellent organisation, verbal Information management. and written communication skills. Collation and analysis of Good command of technical written information for English and report writing style. dissemination Methodical with good attention to detail. Experience of working/responding independently and flexibly dealing with unforeseen problems and circumstances. Full driving licence and own car.Personal Qualities Ability to deliver under own Receptive to new ideas initiative and when teamed with and approaches others. Proactive / resourceful. Able to work as part of a small busy team.