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Year in Industry Placement 2021 / 2022

Author: Jane Skilling
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River Holme Connections – Year in Industry Placement 2021/2022

From its source on the moorlands above Holme, West Yorkshire, the River Holme winds its way through the
countryside and villages before reaching Huddersfield town centre where it joins the River Colne. The river over the
years has been the lifeblood of villages, a leisure facility for anglers, walkers and a place for locals and visitors to relax
and enjoy the views. Yet, years of neglect, sewage discharges, the arrival of invasive species and littering had taken
their toll.
A group of like-minded individuals decided it was time for a change, and in 2015 they founded the charity “River Holme
Connections.” With the help of dedicated volunteers, the charity is passionate about making the River Holme a better
place for people and wildlife.

The Placement
The successful student will be based in the charity`s office in Honley (Huddersfield, West Yorkshire), working
alongside the small team of staff, trustees and volunteers.
The student will have the opportunity to get involved in all the work of the charity including practical river restoration
and conservation work with volunteers (such as tree planting, footpath improvements and wildflower planting), invasive
non-native plant control, supporting staff and potentially delivering school education events, scientific studies with the
University of Huddersfield, citizen science work (fish population monitoring and riverfly sampling), helping at public
events, social media (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) updates, funding bids, river surveying, geographical information
system updates (QGIS) and general admin work.

Placement duration
11 month placement (expected start June or July 2021)

A stipend of £6,000 will be paid in monthly instalments.

Working hours
Full time, 37.5 hour week, Flexible working hours.

Other benefits
An annual leave allowance, travel allowance (£1,000) and City & Guilds Training will also be provided in
strimming/brushcutters, the safe use of pesticides (PA1), knapsack spraying on land and water (PA6 AW), pesticide
injection equipment (PA6INJ). First aid training will also be provided.

Experience / personal skills required
The student should have a keen interest in freshwater ecology and river restoration, a good understanding of
ecological principles relating to rivers and freshwater would be beneficial.
The position will involve considerable amounts of outdoor and in-river (wading) work in all weathers including practical
river restoration tasks with volunteers, Japanese knotweed control work, river surveying and education work.
Students should be proficient in computer use and should be confident using Microsoft Office software and social
media platforms (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram).
An enhanced DBS check will be required as part of the role (for working with children and inspiring the next generation
of river guardians!).

Submission requirements
Please send a CV and covering letter by email to Mike Williams at
Your letter should explain why you are interested in this placement, what you think you can contribute to the role, what
you hope to get from it in terms of your skills/personal development.
Submissions must be received no later than 5pm on Monday 12th of April 2021.

We particularly welcome applications from BAME, as they are under-represented within our organisation.

For further information, see click on the following links:

2019 Annual Report

River Holme Connections Facebook

River Holme Connections YouTube

NPTC Level 2 Award in Safe Use of Pesticides – Foundation Unit

NPTC Level 2 Award in Safe Use of Pesticides – Hand Held Applicators

NPTC Level 2 Award in Safe Use of Pesticides – Hand Held Applicators

NPTC Level 2 Award in Safe Use of Brushcutters and Strimmers

If you have any questions or would like any further information, please do not hesitate to contact us:

Simon Hirst (River Steward)
River Holme Connections
Unit 4 Honley Business Hub
13 / 15 Westgate
Honley, West Yorkshire, HD9 6AA

Tel: 01484 661756
Mobile: 07532 793458

or Ella Scharff (our current “Year in Industry” student)
Tel: 01484 661756

Reflections from Ella on her year so far:
“A year in industry with River Holme Connections has given me a breadth of experience in the charity sector – full
accredited training and qualifications in a range of skills that will be useful for future career development in practical
conservation and community engagement, a deeper understanding of the river restoration sector, including Natural
Flood Management, Catchment based approaches, Sustainable Drainage Systems and the processes within project
management and delivery of charity work, as well as practical experience of river conservation and community
network development (working with landowners, businesses and other community groups)”.

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