Five Rivers Expansion Continues with New Head Office

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Five Rivers, a leading provider of innovative ecological and environmental services, announces the opening of a new head office in Hampshire, UK. This significant investment in infrastructure has been driven by the company’s rapid expansion over the past 18 months in manpower, services, and geographic reach.

Located at Thruxton Airfield adjacent to the A303, the business has immediate access to one of the South West’s main arterial routes and its position makes it the ideal hub to coordinate operations. The new premises offers the latest digital connectivity, modern and airy office space, extensive parking for the growing fleet of company vehicles, and secure storage for specialist equipment.

The head office will encompass multiple disciplines including sales, marketing, finance, HR, design, ecology, and habitats, and the site will ensure the availability and coordination of Five Rivers’ industry knowledge to support customers across the UK.

Speaking of the new office, Managing Director Adam Ellis, commented: “There is a rapidly expanding appetite for our innovative environmental services across the UK, reflected by a growing list of new and repeat customers. As such, this is an incredibly exciting time for Five Rivers, as we continue to diversify and establish our presence in an increasing number of market sectors. This significant investment is a clear indication to our current and future customers that we are committed to delivering best-in-class expertise and services.”

Jason Lovering, Executive Chair and Founder, added: “These are exciting times for Five Rivers, with our revised working model and premises giving our staff a new, fresh working environment: a breath of fresh air we could all do with at the moment. Thruxton Race Circuit has an exciting feel about it that ties in well with our business plans. Using our twenty plus years’ experience in the sector, we continually strive to deliver innovative solutions combined with first-class service.”

Head Office Address: Hangar 5A, Thruxton Airfield, Andover, Hampshire. SP11 8PN

Five Rivers Announce Executive Chair in Response to Unprecedented Growth

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Announced today, Five Rivers’ founder and Managing Director, Jason Lovering, will now take the position of Executive Chairman. Adam Ellis (formally the business’s Commercial Director), takes the helm as Managing Director and Ali Nicholas (formally Company Secretary) becomes Director of People and Business.

This strategic move is in response to Five Rivers’ rapid expansion over the past 18 months which has seen unprecedented growth . This success, in such a challenging economic environment has been driven by a relentless pursuit of the delivery of innovative environmental solutions that constantly exceed customer expectation.

The day-to-day running of the business will be handed over to Adam and Ali, veterans of Five Rivers who have been instrumental in its ongoing success.

“This is a significant moment in the history of Five Rivers and has only been possible thanks to the hard work invested by every single person throughout the company. My new role will provide me with the time and focus to define and deliver our strategic vision, essential to promote continued growth,” comments Jason. ”We are well positioned to further leverage our unparalleled industry expertise, a prerequisite to meet the increasing needs of our current and future customers. Equally, I am extremely excited for what the future holds under Adam’s and Ali’s leadership. Both are passionate and devoted to our success.”

WINEP AMP7 Framework Success – River Restoration and Aquatic Ecology

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We are proud to share that we have been awarded places on multiple AMP 7 frameworks, to support with the implementation of the Water Industry National Environment Program (WINEP) over the next five years.  After successfully delivering several ecological, design and restoration projects for Southern Water over AMP6 we are pleased to be awarded placed on two specialist frameworks:

These will enable us to work directly with Southern Water and other framework suppliers to deliver a wide range of freshwater ecological monitoring and river restoration services across the South-East.

Finished construction of meandering wetland channel.

Aerial view of AMP6 river restoration and wetland creation project for Wessex Water

We are delighted to announce we have been awarded a place on both design and build lots for Affinity Water’s River Restoration Framework, to deliver an ambitious programme of chalk stream enhancement works.  With 56 projects to deliver over AMP7 our teams are excited to get stuck in.

As well as these we have been granted places on several river restoration and environmental monitoring frameworks through partnership bids.  Through these we are already working with Severn Trent Water, Anglian Water and Yorkshire Water on a number of projects.

Throughout AMP6 Five Rivers successfully delivered WINEP projects for most of the UK water companies: Thames Water, Wessex Water, Southern Water, South-West Water, United Utilities, Welsh Water, Anglian Water, Severn Trent Water.  We look forward to building on these relationships over the next five years.

Adam Ellis Commercial Director “AMP 6 saw us develop great relationships with many of the WINEP delivery leads across the country.  We are in a unique position of providing specialist ecological monitoring, as well as design and construction of river / wetland restoration works in house which has allowed us to pass on cost and program efficiencies to our clients. The whole team are looking forward to working more closely with Southern Water and Affinity Water over AMP 7.”

Trek Fest Success!

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At the start of July eight of our Five Rivers team embarked on a mammoth 50km hike around the Brecon Beacons in aid of The Rivers Trust.

The run up to the event saw staff walking to work and even taking their meetings outdoors onto the footpaths of the local Woodford Valley, Fovant Badges and New Forest National Park to fit in some training. Staff pulled together to ensure everyone had adequate kit for the event and started raising our profile via social media in aid of the chosen charity.

Encouraged and supported by our Director Jason and the rest of the staff team, the participating 8 packed up their hiking boots and headed up to Wales the night before in convey company cars. A light nights sleep filled with nerves about what the event day might hold was broken with the early morning sun and a crack of dawn start for the team. Lined up for an event brief with some porridge or a bacon roll for breakfast, spirits were high and smiles all round.

Checkpoint 1 was reached in just under 2 hours after a long stretch on the Brecon Canal tow path. The assent then started slowly surrounded by beautiful Welsh countryside. Checkpoint 2 saw the lunch stop where the team reconvened, re-fuelled and checked in on the condition of their feet – sock changes and talc were in high demand! After lunch the big climb approached… Pen y Fan loomed in the distance and the team started to spread out – the test of endurance had started and the highest peak in south Wales was tackled by all with determination, teamwork and a strong desire to succeed! Checkpoint 3 eventually came around and the homeward stretch was in sight as the evening approached.

The challenge tested the teams physical and mental strength but everyone successfully completed the walk before nightfall and celebrated with a well deserved beer at the finish line! The team received astounding support from the company contacts as well as friends and family raising over £1600 including Gift Aid! This money will sustain the Rivers Trust amazing work around the UK helping them to:

  • Organise more river clean-ups to help local communities take action on the tide of plastic and litter threatening rivers and seas;
  • Plant more trees to reduce the risk of flooding to communities;
  • Remove barriers to fish migration to support an abundance of wildlife;
  • Carry out essential research to find solutions to improve the water quality of rivers;
  • Educate more school children and work closer with government, businesses and landowners, to ensure they manage water more efficiently and continue work to protect river life and the surrounding communities.

Thank you to everyone who supported us and a HUGE congratulations to everyone who took part – hope you’re feet are all on the mend!

Environmental Site Technician, Plant Operative & Senior Plant Operative

Head office: Salisbury, Wiltshire – Working Nationwide

Five Rivers are expanding! To help deliver our busy programme of works, the following full time, permanent positions have become available:

  • Environmental Site Technician.
  • Plant Operative
  • Senior Plant Operative

We are a team of ecological specialists and contractors.  We work together on design, construct, restore and to monitor environmental enhancement projects across the country. We pride ourselves on making a difference, being the best we can be and going that extra mile in everything we do. Examples of the wide range of projects we deliver and the amazing places we have worked are available on our website: www.five-rivers.com/case-studies

 

What it is like to work here:

It is a fun and vibrant place to work, we invest heavily in staff development & training because you are incredibly important to us. Considerable career opportunities for progression are available as we continually grow and expand. We have numerous company schemes that make it great to work here, including: employee of the month & photograph of the month awards and a sponsored Annual Health & Wellbeing challenge, all contributing to a positive and rewarding place to work.

 

Requirements:

CSCS card before you start (although we can help you to gain this)

A passion for the environment & working outdoors in all weather

Diligent & hard working with an eye for detail

Physically fit and a confident swimmer

Good clear communicator who loves being part of a team

Good positive attitude

Happy to stay away Monday to Friday

Clean driving licence

CPCS card for Plant & Senior Plant Operatives (Excavator tickets above and below 10t)

 

Offers:

A competitive salary depending on experience, which will be reviewed on an annual basis

 

  • Environmental Site Technician £17,000 – £20,000
  • Plant Operative £20,000 – £24,000
  • Senior Plant Operative £24,000 – £29,000

You will start with 20 days holiday a year, plus public bank holidays, with an additional day of leave accrued per year of service up to five years. Due to the wide array of projects we deliver, you will be working all over the country from Monday to Friday, for which you will receive a staying away allowance and accommodation will be provided.

 

For more information on the role and how to apply please email jobs@five-rivers.com. The closing date for applications is 30th June 2019.

 

We welcome applications before the closing date. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Exciting Recruitment Opportunities

Role: Graduate Project Assistant

Location: Multiple roles, Salisbury or Coventry based.

Five Rivers Environmental Contracting Ltd is a specialist environmental contracting company with a head office located in the Avon valley, just north of Salisbury, Wiltshire.  Founded in 1994, we have over twenty five years of experience dedicated to nature conservation and habitat creation, restoration and management, particularly on environmentally sensitive and challenging sites. Works include River Restoration, Ecological Mitigation, Habitat Creation and Ecological Monitoring.

What you’ll be doing

You will be joining a staff of thirty covering work in all areas of the UK, with a direct focus on supporting our Project Managers.  Each of the team members has skills and specialities which allow for a vast range of knowledge and experience sharing.

You will play a key role in delivering and supporting the expansion of the business through tendering, project management, consenting, consultancy and design. You will work closely with our Project Managers to ensure we successfully bid for work, and deliver projects to the high standards demanded by our clients.

This is an exciting role for a graduate or someone early on in their career to gain valuable experience, with a clear progression within the company.

Who we’re looking for

  • We have positions based in our Salisbury and Coventry offices, with occasional travel and staying away
  • Supporting project managers on our construction sites, one role will predominantly site based.
  • Provide a key support role in all non-operational sides of the business including: tendering, consenting and project management
  • Completion of all projects to the required best practise

Requirements

  • Positive attitude and a passion for the environment
  • Flexible and pragmatic, able to prioritise workload in a busy workplace
  • Ability to interact professionally with colleagues, client and stakeholders
  • Experience of working within a team
  • A commitment to promoting Health, Safety and Wellbeing within the company
  • A full clean UK driving licence
  • Good time management and punctual
  • Good knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel

Desirable skills / qualifications

  • BSc or MSc in related field
  • Experience in using ArcGIS, CAD or drawing software
  • CSCS Card
  • Knowledge of CDM 2015 regulations
  • Ecological knowledge and interest in the outdoor environment

The package

This position will have a starting salary of £17,000, which will be reviewed on an annual basis. You will receive 20 days holiday, plus public bank holidays, with an additional day of leave accrued per year of service. You will have an annual training budget of £500, exclusive of any initial training agreed. For the right candidate, there will be career progression depending on aspirations and suitability.

We the right candidates we are looking for immediate start dates.  The advert will run until 29th March however we may arrange interim interviews before this date.

Email covering letter and CV to jobs@five-rivers.com.

 

Role: Senior Site Manager

Five Rivers Environmental Contracting Ltd is a specialist environmental contracting company with a head office located in the Avon valley, just north of Salisbury, Wiltshire.

What you’ll be doing

You will be joining a staff of 30 people working all over the UK delivering a variety of environmental projects including small civil engineering projects, river restoration, river re-alignment, floodplain re-connection, ecological mitigation and fish passes.

You will play a key role as Senior Site Management, responsible for the planning and delivery of two construction teams concurrently.

Who we’re looking for

Management:

  • To lead by example, from the front and ensure that Five Rivers is the best we can be.
  • Line manage the delivery of two projects, support two Site Foreman & act as a mentor
  • Responsibility for timely delivery for the construction phase within budget, reporting directly to the project specific PM.
  • Specific projects may be delivered with the SSM also operating as PM.
  • Responsible for plant management & reporting including all LOLER/Certifications requirements
  • Support the Contracts Manager & Project manager with project development & Initial project planning
  • Vehicle & plant organising, responsible for the condition of vehicles, weekly maintenance and management. Reporting faults.
  • Responsible for Staff allocations to each project
  • Responsible for ordering of all plant, materials required onsite, sub-contractors, tools and vehicles (with less than 1 months lead in time)
  • Spend a minimum of 2 day a week in the office (either at Meadow Barn or the Site Offices) to assist with planning, project management, development of RAMS and assisting the costing department.
  • Partake in Pre-Commencement Meetings (PCM’s) & Project Close down meetings with Project Managers & Ops Manager
  • Responsible for Teams Tool inventory, ordering repairs and replacements where required.

Reporting:

  • To report effectively to the PM on project progress and provide a daily Update Summary.
  • Provide early warnings of issues and highlight potential delays to the PM
  • To ensure our online construction project management software is used throughout the process.
  • To ensure compliance & internal Management System (IMS) reporting requirements are met
  • Seek approval from the PM should an item required onsite be over budget or not from Approved supplier list
  • Manage working hours and over time for Operations team and report accordingly to OM
  • To measure and report on all Approved Suppliers

Health & Safety:

  • Ensure all H&S legislation is complied with onsite.
  • Review RAMS and site paper work to ensure they are fit for purpose and up to date.
  • Immediate reporting of all accidents to the Client & PM
  • Weekly reporting of all near misses

Human Resources:

  • Recruitment – Assess submitted CV’s, help produce a short list & attend interviews for new staff
  • Managing staff appraisals of Site Foreman & Site staff
  • Responsible for Staff wellbeing and moral
  • Reporting concerns & Issues to relating to staff matters to the OM
  • Ordering of PPE replacements & uniform where required.
  • Organise Welfare and Staff accommodation
  • Management of client interface and public perception in a professional manner
  • Minimisation of waste and promotion of environmental best practice
  • Completion of all projects to the required best practise.

Requirements

  • CITB SMSTS qualified
  • Valid CSCS card
  • Knowledge and experience of CDM 2015
  • Ability to interact professionally with clients and stakeholders
  • Experience of managing field teams
  • A commitment to promoting Health, Safety and Wellbeing within the company
  • An area of specialism in one or more of the following: Civil Engineering, Environmental Contracting or River Restoration.
  • A full clean UK driving licence
  • Physically fit and hard working

The package

The position has a starting salary of £35,000 – £40,000 depending on experience, which will be reviewed on an annual basis. You will receive 21 days holiday, plus public bank holidays, with an additional day of leave accrued per year of service. The role will require working away from Salisbury a majority of the working week (Monday-Friday), for which you will receive a staying away allowance. You will have an annual training budget, exclusive of any initial training agreed. For the right candidate, there will be career progression depending on aspirations and suitability.

Closing date for applications is the 29th March, email jobs@five-rivers.com to apply

Job Vacancy – Plant Operator/Senior plant Operator

Five Rivers Environmental Contracting Ltd is a specialist environmental contracting company with a head office located in the Woodford valley, Wiltshire.  Founded in 1994, we have over 25 years of experience dedicated to nature conservation and habitat creation, restoration and management, particularly on environmentally sensitive and challenging sites. Due to our continuous and rapid growth we have an exciting opportunity available.

What it’s like to work here

Five Rivers is a forward-thinking company, and we offer a vast amount of experience in environmental consulting and management works. Within the operations team we have both permanent staff and subcontractors. We invest in staff development and as part of that we offer a £500 annual staff driven training budget. As a small company there are considerable opportunities for progression. We have an Employee of the Month scheme, photograph of the month award and an Annual Health & Wellbeing challenge, all contributing to a positive and rewarding place to work. Five-Rivers also offer employees the opportunity to join our NEST pension scheme.

What you’ll be doing

You will be joining a staff of 30 covering all areas of the UK, with a direct focus on delivering major environmental improvement projects. You will be responsible for the delivery of projects under the direct management of our site foreman and managers.

Every project we work is unique and Five Rivers prides itself on delivering the best possible environmental improvements on every site we work on. As a small company, every staff member has the opportunity to contribute to our growth.

Scope of work

  • Operation of heavy plant and machinery
  • Undertaking construction site roles
  • Working around protected species and within sensitive wildlife sites

Requirements

  • Valid NPORs/CPCS card
  • Valid CSCS card or equivalent
  • Awareness of environmental issues
  • Physically fit and highly motivated
  • Exceptional communication skills
  • Able to stay away Monday – Friday
  • Strong interpersonal, communication and organisational skills
  • Someone that can lead by example and have a keen eye for detail
  • A positive can-do attitude
  • A full clean UK driving licence

Desirable skills

  • Valid First Aid certificate
  • Ecological knowledge
  • Working towards CPCS

Our offer

Competitive salary depending on experience, which will be reviewed on an annual basis. You will receive 20 days holiday, plus public bank holidays, with an additional day of leave accrued per year of service. The role will require periods of working away Monday-Friday, for which you will receive a staying away allowance and accommodation.

Please send your CV and covering letter to jobs@five-rivers.com. Closing date for applications is Friday 1st March 2019. We welcome applications before the closing date.

Job Vacancy – Site Technician/Senior Site Technician

Five Rivers Environmental Contracting Ltd is a specialist environmental contracting company with a head office located in the Woodford valley, Wiltshire.  Founded in 1994, we have over 25 years of experience dedicated to nature conservation and habitat creation, restoration and management, particularly on environmentally sensitive and challenging sites. Due to our continuous and rapid growth we have an exciting opportunity available.

What it’s like to work here

Five Rivers is a forward-thinking company, and we offer a vast amount of experience in environmental consulting and management works. Within the operations team we have both permanent staff and subcontractors. We invest in staff development and as part of that we offer a £500 annual staff driven training budget. As a small company there are considerable opportunities for progression. We have an Employee of the Month scheme, photograph of the month award and an Annual Health & Wellbeing challenge, all contributing to a positive and rewarding place to work. Five-Rivers also offer employees the opportunity to join our NEST pension scheme.

What you’ll be doing

You will be joining a staff of 30 covering all areas of the UK, with a direct focus on delivering major environmental improvement projects. You will be responsible for the delivery of projects under the direct management of our site foreman and managers.

Every project we work on is unique, and Five Rivers prides itself on delivering the best possible environmental improvements on every site we work on. As a small company, every staff member has the opportunity to contribute to our growth.

Scope of work

  • Working in waders / life jackets
  • Bank protection installations using hydraulic post drivers
  • Tree surgery, chainsaws & power tools
  • Undertaking construction site roles
  • Working around protected species and within sensitive wildlife sites

Requirements

  • Someone that can lead by example and have a keen eye for detail
  • Valid CSCS card or equivalent
  • Awareness of environmental issues
  • Physically fit and highly motivated
  • Exceptional communication skills
  • Able to stay away Monday – Friday
  • Strong interpersonal, communication and organisational skills
  • A positive can-do attitude
  • A full clean UK driving licence

Desirable skills

  • Valid First Aid certificate
  • Ecological knowledge
  • Working towards CPCS

Our offer

Competitive salary depending on experience, which will be reviewed on an annual basis. You will receive 20 days holiday, plus public bank holidays, with an additional day of leave accrued per year of service. The role will require periods of working away Monday-Friday, for which you will receive a staying away allowance and accommodation.

Please send your CV and covering letter to jobs@five-rivers.com. Closing date for applications is Friday 1st March 2019. We welcome applications before the closing date.

Graduate Ecologist Required – Applications Closed

Job Specification

Five Rivers Environmental Contracting Ltd is a specialist environmental contracting company with a head office located in the Avon valley, just north of Salisbury, Wiltshire.  Founded in 1994, we have over twenty years of experience dedicated to nature conservation and habitat creation, restoration and management, particularly on environmentally sensitive and challenging sites. Works include River Restoration, Ecological Mitigation, Habitat Creation and Ecological Monitoring.

What it’s like to work here

Five Rivers is a rapidly expanding company and as our team continues to grow we are able to offer a vast amount of experience in all aspects of environmental consulting and management works. We have thirty permanent staff, plus a number of seasonal staff and subcontractors that work with us in various roles. As a member of this close-knit team you will be given the opportunity to take on direct responsibilities of different aspects of the business.

What you’ll be doing

You will be joining the ecology team covering work in all areas of the UK. Five Rivers provides ecological sampling and consultancy for freshwater ecosystems. Each of the team members has skills and specialities which allow for a vast range of knowledge and experience sharing. You will play a key role in delivering and supporting the ecological survey programmes and consultancy services which include: macroinvertebrate sampling and analysis; fisheries; macrophytes; water quality and protected species. You will work closely with our ecologists to ensure we successfully deliver projects to the high standards demanded by our clients. This is an exciting role for a graduate or someone early on in their career to gain valuable experience, with a clear progression within the company.

Who we’re looking for

  • Someone based in our Salisbury office, with travel and staying away for surveying and sampling.
  • A person with a love of the outdoors and knowledge of freshwater ecosystems and sampling/surveying methodology.
  • Excellent organisation and IT skills to provide support with essential office-based tasks required for the efficient planning and delivery of projects.
  • Completion of all projects to the required best practise standard.

Requirements

  • Positive attitude and a passion for the environment
  • Flexible and pragmatic, able to prioritise workload in a busy workplace
  • Ability to interact professionally with colleagues, client and stakeholders
  • Experience of working within a team
  • A commitment to promoting Health, Safety and Wellbeing within the company
  • A full clean UK driving licence
  • Good time management and punctual
  • Good knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel

Desirable skills / qualifications

  • BSc or MSc in related field
  • Experience in using ArcGIS
  • Ecological knowledge and interest in the outdoor environment

The package

This position will have a starting salary of £17,000, which will be reviewed on an annual basis. You will receive 20 days holiday, plus public bank holidays, with an additional day of leave accrued per year of service. You will have an annual training budget of £500, exclusive of any initial training agreed. For the right candidate, there will be career progression depending on aspirations and suitability.

 

Email covering letter and CV to jobs@five-rivers.com.

Site Technicians Required

Role: Site Technician/Senior Site Technician

Five Rivers Environmental Contracting Ltd is a specialist environmental contracting company with a head office located in the Woodford valley, Wiltshire.  Founded in 1994, we have over 20 years of experience dedicated to nature conservation and habitat creation, restoration and management, particularly on environmentally sensitive and challenging sites.
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