Vacancy – Fishery Assistant

The Nith Catchment Fishery Trust has a full time, fixed term position available for a Fishery Assistant.

The Nith Catchment Fishery Trust (NCFT) is a charitable organisation whose aims are to conserve and enhance all native freshwater fish and their habitats located within the inland and coastal waters of the River Nith catchment and the jurisdictional area of the Nith District Salmon Fishery Board.  The Trust is involved in a wide range of work including fishery management, research, education, habitat enhancement and biosecurity of the catchment.

Job title: Fishery Assistant

Type of position: Full-time position with 1-year initial contract

Salary: £23,000

Office location: Auldgirth, Dumfries

Responsible to: Fishery Director


The main responsibility of the Fishery Assistant will be to assist existing staff in the co-ordination and delivery of the work of the Trust, specifically, the Nith Smolt Tracking Project and the Fishing for the Future project.  Their responsibilities will include, but not be limited to, the following:

  • to assist with smolt tracking projects on the River Nith which would include
    • ordering equipment and applying for licences to trap and tag smolts
    • assisting with the checking of the smolt trap and processing of smolts
    • downloading data from the receivers and quality checking data prior to analysis
    • communicating effectively with stakeholders and landowners
    • developing and maintaining an interactive map that shows the progress of the smolt migration past receivers
    • disseminating information to the communities and schools
    • assisting with running an “Adopt a salmon smolt” scheme to engage schools and the local communities with the journey of the salmon smolts
  • deliver school sessions and co-ordinate with schools and other groups
  • give presentations to stakeholders
  • develop remote access material and virtual engagement material to be used in education sessions
  • to assist with other fisheries related work as required
  • maintain a clean, safe and tidy work environment, including vehicles
  • to keep good accurate records associated with the position
  • to accurately and timeously complete administration and paperwork associated with the job

The candidate must:

  • be enthusiastic and have an understanding of aquatic conservation
  • have a degree in an environmental/biological discipline and experience of working in an environmental organisation or the equivalent work experience
  • experience in the education sector would be desirable
  • have a good understanding of social media and development of online material i.e. videos
  • have excellent IT skills, specifically of Microsoft office packages, WordPress and databases
  • have a good working knowledge of ArcGIS software
  • be able to give presentations and have good communication skills
  • hold a full, clean UK driving licence and have their own transport
  • be able to work from home when required (laptop will be provided)

The hours are based on 40 hours per week and may involve flexible working hours including evenings and weekends.  In return the Trust offers the successful candidate a competitive salary and 5% pension contributions.

Closing date for applications is 5:00pm on 29th October 2020.

Interviews to be held week commencing 2nd November 2020.

Envisioned start date of 1st December 2020.

To apply please send a CV and covering letter addressed to Debbie Parke at or Nith Catchment Fishery Trust, 37 George Street, Dumfries, DG1 1EB.

This post is funded by The Holywood Trust and Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Regional Coastal Benefit Fund.

Fisheries Officer/Bailiff

Beauly District Fishery Board

We have an exciting opportunity for a new Fisheries Officer / Bailiff with the Beauly District Fishery Board, Beauly, Inverness-shire.

The Beauly District Salmon Fishery Board is a statutory body responsible for the protection and enhancement of salmon and sea trout stocks in the Beauly catchment, including the River Glass, River Farrar and River Beauly.

Description of Role

The Fisheries Officer is responsible for assisting in the protection, monitoring and management of wild salmon and sea trout populations and their habitats in the rivers, lochs and coastal areas of the Beauly district. This involves both office-based and outdoor work, often in or around water, in all weather conditions.  The Fisheries Officer will work under the guidance of the Senior Biologist.

The work can be physically demanding and may be carried out in hostile situations, particularly when investigating or preventing illegal fishing activities. The Fisheries Officer will be an excellent communicator, liaising with a range of external bodies (e.g. Police, SSE, angling clubs, councils, academic institutions, fishery trusts, ghillies and fishery owners). They will demonstrate resilience, self-motivation and genuine enthusiasm for the role.

Responsibilities & duties

The general duties of a Fisheries Officer are:

  1. Lead in the protection of salmon and sea trout stocks through the enforcement of current salmon fisheries legislation;
  2. Assist the District Fishery Board and others to gain a detailed and up to date understanding of the status of salmon and sea trout populations within the district;
  3. Assist in the delivery of targeted fisheries management activities to maximise the natural production of salmon and sea trout in the Beauly district; and

Skills and Background

The post holder is required to have a minimum of two years’ experience of working in a similar field, demonstrate practical field skills and ideally have a qualification in a fisheries or environmental related subject. The post holder will be a good communicator, able to work alone, often in remote locations, show evidence of self-motivation and have a positive proactive attitude.

The following qualities are essential:

  • Demonstrable practical enforcement skills; • Successful completion of the Institute of Fisheries Management (Scotland) Water Bailiff Course; • An understanding of the riverine environment, countryside management and catchment pressures; • Experience in conducting robust field surveys; • A full UK driving licence, ideally with trailer towing endorsement; and • An ability and willingness to work with members of the public, volunteers and liaise with stakeholders.

The following qualities are desirable:

  • Demonstrable accreditation and experience in habitat and electrofishing surveys; • Chainsaw certificate with relevant experience; • P6 AW spraying certificate; and • A current shotgun and firearms certificate;

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Applications by curriculum vitae and covering letter should be submitted to Clerk to the Board at, or by post to: – Clerk to Beauly District Fishery Board, Bidwells, Elm House, Cradlehall, Business Park, Inverness IV2 5GH.    Applications should be clearly marked ‘Fisheries Officer, Beauly DSFB’.

Closing date is 6 November 2020 and the successful candidate will be expected to start work at a mutually convenient date.   Please contact Alastair Campbell on 01463 796050 for further information.


Head Bailiff – River Naver

River Naver Fisheries is seeking to appoint an enthusiastic and dynamic full time Head Bailiff to supervise the enforcement and management of the River Naver salmon fishery.

The successful candidate will have both a keen interest in salmon fishery management and an appreciation of the rural environment. An ability to motivate both yourself and others is a necessary requirement of the role, whilst always displaying excellent organisational skills and an ability to adapt to different tasks.

Whilst some or all of the qualifications below would be an advantage to undertaking the role, a lack of these qualifications is not in itself a barrier to applying:

– Full, clean UK driving licence (essential)
– IFM Warranted Bailiff and/or experience in fishery protection duties
– Experience/qualification in Electrofishing
– Advanced Power Boat qualification or equivalent
– Firearms permit holder
– Chainsaw/brushcutting certification

Benefits include a competitive salary commensurate with experience, accommodation and other benefits.

Full Job specification available on request and all enquiries to:

River Naver Secretary
Estate Office, Berriedale, Caithness, KW7 6HE
Tel: 01593 751237

Please submit applications including a CV by Friday 20th November 2020