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Aquaculture Interactions Manager with Fisheries Management Scotland

Fisheries Management Scotland has an established track record in advocating for the protection and preservation of Scotland’s wild salmon and freshwater fish, along with developing their fisheries and protecting wider environment on which they depend.

Post: Aquaculture Interactions Manager with Fisheries Management Scotland based in Edinburgh. The Aquaculture Interactions Manager will support Fisheries Management Scotland’s members in efforts to manage interactions between farmed and wild salmonid fish, with the aim of protecting and restoring wild salmonid populations. This is a vital element of Fisheries Management Scotland’s work, particularly in the context of declines in Scotland’s Atlantic salmon and sea trout populations.

A key element of this role will be to develop and maintain professional engagement with the aquaculture industry to support the production of environmental management plans (or successor arrangements) and monitoring strategies to understand and address any local impacts on wild salmonid fish.

Current and anticipated future changes to the regulatory system present an opportunity to develop working arrangements which improve the situation for wild salmonids in the ‘aquaculture zone’. This focus on aquaculture interactions will complement efforts by Fisheries Management Scotland to address a wide range of pressures which Scotland’s salmon sea trout and freshwater fish currently face. The post-holder will work with Fisheries Management Scotland members in planning casework and to support local engagement, refine monitoring protocols and to develop guidance and advice where required.

Funding has been secured for an initial period of three years, which commenced in July 2020. Given the strategic importance of this role, and assuming satisfactory performance reviews, it is our intention to continue to fund this post beyond the initial three-year period.

The post will attract a salary of £45-47,000.

Location: The post will be based in central Edinburgh. Once the current COVID-19 restrictions ease, the post will require extensive travel throughout Scotland and access to a motor vehicle and a full driving licence will be essential.

Us: Fisheries Management Scotland is the representative body for the District Salmon Fishery Boards, the River Tweed Commission and the Rivers and Fisheries Trusts in Scotland. We work to promote and ensure the best, evidence-based fisheries management for the protection and preservation of Scotland’s wild salmon and freshwater fish, along with developing their fisheries and protecting their wider environment. Further information at www.fms.scot.

You: You will be able to demonstrate excellent interpersonal, negotiating and team working skills and experience of working successfully with external stakeholders. Planning and organisational skills, including the ability to prioritise competing demands and demonstrate a track record of successful delivery will be essential. You will have excellent written and oral presentation skills. A good understanding of the fisheries management sector in Scotland, including familiarity with interactions between fisheries management and finfish aquaculture, would be an advantage.

Apply: To apply, please send your curriculum vitae along with a covering letter stating why you wish to apply for the post and the qualities that you would bring to the role. These should be either emailed to general@fms.scot or posted to Fisheries Management Scotland, 11 Rutland Square, Edinburgh, EH11 2AS.

Deadline: The deadline for applications to be received by Fisheries Management Scotland is 5pm on Friday 19th March 2020.

Interviews will be held using Microsoft Teams.

Please note we expect to hold interviews on the 2nd of April.

More details can be found in the Job Description.


Seasonal Project officer – Cromarty
Employer: The Cromarty Firth Fishery Board

Salary: Up to £22,000 pro-rata

Contract: Fixed term; May-September 2021

Hours: Full time (37.5 hours per week)

Location: Cromarty Firth region based at Contin Hatchery, Tor Achilty Forest, Contin

Your role: The Scottish Invasive Species Initiative (SISI) is an exciting four year National Lottery Heritage Fund and NatureScot funded project in northern Scotland which aims to encourage communities to tackle invasive non-native species such as Japanese knotweed, giant hogweed and American mink.

We are looking for a dynamic professional to join our small team as a SISI Seasonal Project Officer. The Seasonal Project Officer will work with the Cromarty Firth Fisheries Board and wider SISI Team to deliver the project this summer. The Seasonal Project Officer will be responsible for all or specified combinations of the following activities: communications, education and outreach, volunteer recruitment and management, biosecurity and invasive non-native plant and American mink control.

Job description
Key tasks and responsibilities:
The Seasonal SISI Officer will work closely with the Cromarty Firth Fisheries Board and SISI Project Team to:

Develop a practical and deliverable work programme for volunteers.
Link with local land-managers, ghillies, gamekeepers, communities, volunteers and other stakeholders, to recruit, coordinate and maintain a network of project volunteers.
Liaise, motivate and communicate with volunteers as required.
Organise and, where required, lead volunteers in the clearance of invasive non-native plants
Be responsible for logistics associated with deployment and work of volunteer work parties.
Follow Health and Safety, Environmental and Coronavirus requirements and protocols.
Record volunteer tasks undertaken and time spent.
Record the extent and abundance of plants within target populations treated by volunteers.
Maintain a network to record the occurrence of target invasive non-native species.
Provide training to the volunteer network as required that includes but is not limited to; the set-up, maintenance and running of mink rafts, identification skills for key native species and non-native plants and data collection according to standardised protocols.
Monitor the outcomes and impacts of the control work undertaken.
Experience and skills:
Well motivated to undertake SISI tasks in liaison with other Project staff
Physically fit to carry out manual clearance of invasive non-native plants
Ability to demonstrate experience of leading volunteer groups
Good record keeping skills
Good communication skills and a proven ability to deliver projects without supervision
Advantageous to hold City & Guilds NPTC Level 2 Award in PA1 (safe use of pesticides), PA6 (hand held applicator) and W (for use by water) qualification
Advantageous to hold First Aid at Work or Outdoor First Aid qualification
A full clean Driving Licence and access to a vehicle is essential
Applications
To Apply: Please submit your CV with a covering letter (no more than 2 pages), outlining your relevant skills and experience for the job to sisi@nature.scot

Closing date for applications: 1pm on Monday 22 March 2021. Late applications will not be considered.

Interviews: Will be held (in video format) on Wednesday 31 March

Further information
Scottish Invasive Species Initiative: www.invasivespecies.scot

Cromarty Firth Fisheries Board: www.cromarty.dsfb.org.uk
The Cromarty Firth Fishery Board works to conserve and protect wild fish and the habitats they depend on in the rivers and lochs draining into the Cromarty Firth. Fishery management works are supported by a programme of research and public education.

This position is funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and NatureScot through the Scottish Invasive Species Initiative


SISI Seasonal Project Officer – Deveron
Employer: The Deveron, Bogie and Isla Rivers Charitable Trust

Salary: Up to £22,000 Pro-Rata Basis

Contract: 4 months fixed term from start date (anticipated May to August 2021)

Hours: 35hrs/week

Location: The Offices, Avochie Stables, Avochie Estate, Rothiemay, Aberdeenshire, AB54 7YY

Your role: The Scottish Invasive Species Initiative (SISI) is a four year National Lottery Heritage Fund and NatureScot funded project in northern Scotland which aims to encourage communities to tackle invasive non-native species (INNS) such as Japanese knotweed, giant hogweed and American mink.

We are looking for a dynamic professional to join our small team as a Seasonal Project Officer. The Seasonal Project Officer will act as the project contact for the Ythan and Ugie river catchment areas and will work with the SISI Project Officer and SISI Volunteer and Communication Officer to deliver the project this summer. The Seasonal Project Officer will be responsible for all or specified combinations of the following aspects of the project: communications, education and outreach, volunteer recruitment and management, biosecurity and INNS control.

Job description
Key tasks and responsibilities
The SISI Seasonal Project Officer will work closely with the SISI Project Officer and SISI Volunteer and Communication Officer to undertake the following tasks:

Work with the SISI Project Officer to deliver a practical work programme for volunteers.
Working with local land-managers, ghillies, gamekeepers, communities, volunteers and other stakeholders, recruit, coordinate and maintain a network of volunteers and wildlife management professionals.
Work with the SISI Project Officer to liaise, motivate and communicate with volunteers as required.
Organise and where required lead volunteer work parties for the clearance of invasive non-native plants
Be responsible for all logistics associated with the deployment and workings of volunteer work parties.
Ensure that all Health and Safety requirements are met and protocols are followed.
Record volunteer tasks undertaken and time spent.
Record the extent and abundance of plants within target populations treated by volunteers.
Work with SISI Project Officer to maintain a surveillance network recording the occurrence of target INNS.
Provide training to the volunteer network as required that includes but is not limited to:
The set-up, maintenance and running of mink rafts;
Humane dispatch of mink (where appropriate);
Identification skills for key native species and non-native plants.
Data collection according to standardised protocols.
Monitor the outcomes and impacts of the control work undertaken.
Experience and skills
Well motivated to undertake SISI tasks in liaison with other Project staff
Physically fit to carry out manual clearance of invasive non-native plants
Ability to demonstrate experience of leading volunteer groups
Good record keeping skills
Good communication skills and a proven ability to deliver projects with supervision
Advantageous to hold City & Guilds NPTC Level 2 Award in PA1 (safe use of pesticides), PA6 (hand held applicator) and W (for use by water) qualification
Advantageous to hold First Aid at Work or Outdoor First Aid qualification
A full clean Driving Licence and access to a vehicle
Applications
To apply: Please submit your CV with a covering letter (no more than 2 pages), outlining your relevant skills and experience for the job to sisi@nature.scot.

Closing date for applications: 1pm on Monday 22 March 2021 (late applications will not be accepted)

Interviews will be held on: Will be held (in video format) on Friday 09 April

Further information
The Scottish Invasive Species Initiative – www.invasivespecies.scot

The Deveron, Bogie and Isla Rivers Charitable Trust – www.deveron.org
The Trust is a charitable company limited by guarantee, registered in Scotland (No. SC 032131). It was established in 2001 and has the following aims and objectives:

To conserve, protect and rehabilitate salmon, sea-trout and trout and other indigenous wildlife and to promote the ecological cycle within the Deveron catchment area.
To raise people’s awareness of conservation and protected areas by commissioning research and publishing the results for the public’s benefit.

This position is funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and NatureScot through the Scottish Invasive Species Initiative


SISI Seasonal Project Officer – Esks & Tay
Employer: Esks District Salmon Fishery Board

Salary: Up to £22,000 Pro-Rata Basis

Contract: 3 month fixed-term from start date (anticipated May to July 2021)

Hours: 37.5 hours per week

Location: South Esk Estate Office, Haughs of Kinnaird, Brechin, DD9 6UA

Your role: The Scottish Invasive Species Initiative (SISI) is a four year National Lottery Heritage Fund and NatureScot funded project in northern Scotland which aims to encourage communities to tackle invasive non-native species such as Japanese knotweed, giant hogweed and American mink.

We are looking for a dynamic professional to join our small team as a Seasonal Project Officer. The Seasonal Project Officer will work across the Esks and Tay catchment areas and with the SISI Project Officer and SISI Volunteer and Communication Officer to deliver the project this summer. The Seasonal Project Officer will be responsible for all or specified combinations of the following aspects of the project: communications, education and outreach, volunteer recruitment and management, biosecurity and invasive non-native plant and American mink control.

Job description
Key tasks and responsibilities
The SISI Seasonal Project Officer will work closely with the Esks and Tay SISI Project Officer and SISI Volunteer and Communication Officer to undertake the following tasks:

Work with the SISI Project Officer to deliver a practical work programme for volunteers.
Working with local land-managers, ghillies, gamekeepers, communities, volunteers and other stakeholders, recruit, coordinate and maintain a network of volunteers and wildlife management professionals.
Work with the SISI Project Officer to liaise, motivate and communicate with volunteers as required.
Organise and where required lead volunteer work parties for the clearance of invasive non-native plants
Be responsible for all logistics associated with the deployment and workings of volunteer work parties.
Ensure that all Health and Safety requirements are met and protocols are followed.
Record volunteer tasks undertaken and time spent.
Record the extent and abundance of plants within target populations treated by volunteers.
Work with SISI Project Officer to maintain a surveillance network recording the occurrence of target INNS.
Monitor the outcomes and impacts of the control work undertaken.
Provide training to the volunteer network as required that includes but is not limited to:
The set-up, maintenance and running of mink rafts;
Humane dispatch of mink (where appropriate);
Identification skills for key native species and non-native plants.
Data collection according to standardised protocols.
Experience and skills
Well motivated to undertake SISI tasks in liaison with other Project staff
Physically fit to carry out manual clearance of invasive non-native plants
Ability to demonstrate experience of leading volunteer groups
Good record keeping skills
Good communication skills and a proven ability to deliver projects with supervision
Advantageous to hold City & Guilds NPTC Level 2 Award in PA1 (safe use of pesticides), PA6 (hand held applicator) and W (for use by water) qualification
Advantageous to hold First Aid at Work or Outdoor First Aid qualification
A full clean Driving Licence and access to a vehicle is essential
Applications
To Apply: Please submit your CV with a covering letter (no more than 2 pages), outlining your relevant skills and experience for the job to sisi@nature.scot.

Closing date for applications: 1pm on Monday 22 March 2021 (late applications will not be accepted)

Interviews: Will be held (in video format) on Friday 02 April

Further information:
Scottish Invasive Species Initiative: www.invasivespecies.scot

Esks District Salmon Fishery Board: www.eskriversangus.uk/dsfb/about-dsfb

This position is funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and NatureScot through the Scottish Invasive Species Initiative