As a Project Manager at Five Rivers, you’ll be joining a team of passionate and proactive industry experts with sustainability at its core. Together we thrive on a supportive culture which nurtures development, innovation, and a collaborative approach to delivering our ecological services.

Five Rivers is widely recognised as an industry specialist in the consultation, design and implementation of ecological and environmental solutions. With over 25 years’ working with nature, the business is experiencing sustained growth driven by its customer centric focus and ability to attract and retain the best talent. Our services deliver environmental protection, enhancement and restoration through ecological mitigation, habitat improvement and environmental monitoring. A specialist of choice, Five Rivers delivers innovative, and sensitive solutions across all sectors. Our capabilities are ever-expanding and encompass both terrestrial and aquatic habitat monitoring and enhancement with a true passion for rivers and wetlands.

Join us today and be part of our incredible journey!

The Role

This is an exciting opportunity to join a growing, dynamic and collaborative team undertaking field-based sampling, surveying and reporting of surface water environments. Our monitoring team continues to expand with growth as an AMP7 framework supplier/sub-consultant to the UK water industry and we require an experienced project manager to manage our portfolio of projects from cradle to grave.

We work across the UK supplying monitoring services in rivers, estuaries, and wetlands providing, but not limited to, surveys of biological communities (fish, macroinvertebrates, macrophytes), physical characteristics (habitat assessment, river flow and levels) and sampling of physico-chemical quality (water quality sampling). Our data is essential for evidence based environmental management by the water, construction and infrastructure industries and used in a range of environmental assessments.

The role is required to lead on planning, execution and control of project scope, quality and time for our larger complex contracts ensuring completion of deliverables to agreed budgets and programme. The role will require the building of productive relationships with our clients in addition to our internal technical and commercial team. We require a team player who will also support and mentor the wider technical team in the effective management of our smaller monitoring contracts, effectively delegating tasks and supporting people where required. It is anticipated that line management will be a requirement as the team continues to grow and you will be key in capturing and sharing knowledge for the development of our team in the discipline of project management.


The role will be based from our new Head Office at Thruxton Airfield, Hampshire, and require regular visits to our operational sites across the UK as and when required by the business.  However, considerable flexibility in working hours and location is available for the right candidate, with remote and virtual working with our teams to deliver our common goal of robust data collection and excellent customer satisfaction. There may be requirements to travel for meetings to our client or our head office periodically for effective engagement with our internal and external stakeholders.


The Ideal Candidate

As a Project Manager for a surface water monitoring team you will have experience and/or knowledge of the services we offer and driven by an interest in environmental management, environmental protection, and enhancement. You will be supported by a technical team that incorporates specialists in aquatic ecology, fisheries and hydrology but as a professional in the water sector you will have knowledge/experience of the services we offer and the drivers behind our activities (E.g. WINEP).


To successfully manage our portfolio and support our technical team means you will be highly organised and skilled in delegation whilst offering appropriate levels of support where required. You will have the ability to manage and communicate change to project scope and the impact to quality, cost and/or time, with experience in working under NEC3/NEC4 or Professional Services Contracts. You will be proficient in the use of MS Office, including Project for the effective planning and execution of our dynamic programme of works.


As an innovative problem solver with environmental protection and enhancement at your core you will be adept at offering proactive and environmentally sound solutions to challenges faced by our clients and teams. As a team player with a can-do attitude, you will have strong interpersonal skills with the ability to build networks at all levels whilst influencing others.


As an effective communicator you will be confident in connecting with a range of people, technical levels and can inform and influence. You will be able to demonstrate your understanding of our client’s needs for a range of project types, evidence successful control of scope, budget and programme during project lifecycle and customer satisfaction on completion.


Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to build networks at all levels whilst influencing others
Proactive approach to problem solving
Experienced manager of people
Flexible approach to work and the demands that are sometimes outside of standard operating hours
Highly organised with good time management skills
Ability to talk confidently to technical experts and gain the trust of team members
Ability to delegate effectively
Should be able to adapt and respond to changing situations
Ability to learn quickly
High level of self-motivation and drive, and capable of motivating others
Effective written and verbal communication.

Salary Range & Benefits

Up to £35,000
25 days annual leave plus bank holidays
Professional memberships
Company pension scheme
Flexible working
An amazing and supportive company culture


Are you the one we’re looking for? Apply before the end of April for immediate consideration (please note that if we receive a high volume of applications, the closing date may be brought forward). Apply now by clicking the link and providing the information requested.