Vacancies

Education Officer with the River Dee Trust

The River Dee Trust has an established track record in innovative conservation and enhancement projects and seeks to develop its existing ‘IntroDee’ education programme.

Post: Education Officer with the River Dee Trust (RDT), based on Deeside (Aberdeenshire). Fixed term full time contract for 12 months. Subject to confirmation of funding for further years and satisfactory performance reviews, the contract will be extended accordingly.

The Education Officer will increase awareness, enthusiasm for and understanding of our rivers in Deeside and Aberdeen City. Working with schools and community groups, we will enable young people to undertake outdoor learning in a safe and fun manner and introduce them to the river on their doorstep.

The post will attract a salary of £23-25,000.

Location: The post will be based at the River Office at Mill of Dinnet, close to Aboyne in the heart of Aberdeenshire. However, work will be undertaken throughout Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire.

Us: The RDT is a charitable River Trust whose remit includes the provision of scientific and education services to fisheries and the wider community in the River Dee area, leading to environmental protection and improvement of the associated rivers and riparian habitats. Further information at www.riverdee.org.uk.

You: You will be enthusiastic for outdoor learning and be a great communicator, able to use multi-media and capable of seeking funding opportunities. You will have a strong understanding of the natural environment and rivers, preferably backed up by study in a relevant discipline. However, you do not require specific formal qualifications as knowledge, experience, personality and approach to the role are more important. You will be motivated and organised to work with many schools and community groups to deliver indoor and outdoor learning visits. You will be able to work independently and within the team at the River Office. You will enjoy liaising with the general public and young people.

Apply: To apply please send your curriculum vitae along with a covering letter that states why you wish to apply for the post and the qualities that you would bring to the role. These should be either emailed to info@riverdee.org or posted to River Dee Trust, River Office, Mill of Dinnet, Aboyne, Aberdeenshire, AB34 5LA.

Deadline: The deadline for applications to be received by the River Dee Trust is 9am on Wednesday 5th February 2020.

Interviews will be held at the River Office.

Please note we expect to hold interviews on Thursday 13th February.

More details can be found in the Job Description

Biologist with the River Dee Trust

Post: Biologist with the River Dee Trust (RDT), based on Deeside (Aberdeenshire), who will be responsible for the research and monitoring programmes carried out by the Trust. The post is a challenging and significant one as it will guide the fisheries management of one of Scotland’s major rivers. This will include monitoring fish populations, analysing data to inform restoration programmes and communicating the information to stakeholders.

The post will attract a salary of £25-30,000, commensurate with experience and with annual review thereafter.

Us: The RDT is a charitable River Trust whose remit includes the provision of scientific services for the fisheries, conservation, and education to the wider community throughout the Dee catchment, leading to environmental protection and improvement of the river and riparian habitats. Further information at www.riverdee.org.uk.

You: You have strong scientific skills, are an excellent communicator, and able to work independently and within our small team. You have a passion for the natural environment and are enthusiastic about the application of science to understand and protect the river Dee and its fish stocks. You hold a post-graduate qualification or equivalent in a biological or environmental discipline and are excellent at planning and delivering monitoring and experimental studies in the field. You have a minimum of two years’ experience of working in a similar field and demonstrate practical research skills.

Apply: To apply please send your curriculum vitae along with a covering letter that states why you wish to apply for the post and the qualities that you would bring to the role. These should be either emailed to info@riverdee.org or posted to River Dee Trust, River Office, Mill of Dinnet, Aboyne, Aberdeenshire, AB34 5LA.

The deadline for applications to be received by the River Dee Trust is 9am on Monday 10th February 2020.

Interviews will be held at the River Office. Please note we expect to hold interviews on Wednesday 19th February.

More details can be found in the Job Description

Clerk to the River Tweed Commission & Director of the Tweed Foundation

An opportunity to shape fisheries management on the River Tweed

The River Tweed Commission (RTC) seeks an experienced rural manager to lead a small team based next to the River Tweed, near Melrose. The role is as the chief executive for two organisations:

  • Clerk to the River Tweed Commission, which has the statutory responsibility for the management of the Tweed Fishery, and
  • Managing Director of The Tweed Foundation, which is a Charitable Company limited by Guarantee and which undertakes scientific studies and research on Tweed’s freshwater fish stocks.

More information

Please send your CV, with a covering letter explaining why this post is of interest and what you could bring to it, to Fay Hieatt at: fhieatt@rtc.org.uk by Friday 31st January 2020. Interviews will be held in early February.

Executive Assistant – River Tweed Commission

An opportunity to work in a beautiful rural location on the River Tweed

We are looking for an Executive Assistant to join our small team based in a rural office close to the River Tweed, near Melrose. You will have responsibility for the administration and smooth running of the office and provide an effective service to the Tweed management teams of the River Tweed Commission and the Tweed Foundation. This post will suit someone looking to work in and for the countryside, with an understanding of rural sports and small businesses.

More Information

Please send your CV, with a covering letter explaining why this post is of interest and what you could bring to it, to Fay Hieatt at: fhieatt@rtc.org.uk by Friday 31st January 2020. Interviews will be held in early February.

Fisheries Director – Cromarty Firth District Salmon Fishery Board

The Cromarty Firth District Salmon Fishery Board has responsibility for managing and developing salmon stocks within the Cromarty Firth District, namely the River Conon, River Alness and a number of smaller local rivers. There is close liaison with the Fisheries Trust (charitable status SCO29221, which was established in 1999) which independent exists to financially support research and activities within the Cromarty district. These tend to be those involved with delivering targeted research, environmental, educational and training projects.

The River Conon (the principal river within the region) and all its tributaries are significantly affected by hydro power production and the DSFB has an excellent ongoing relationship with SSE, the electricity generator. The work of the Cromarty Firth DSFB is varied and extensive and encompasses direct fishery management activities such as running an extensive modern wild salmon hatchery, operation of an adult salmon trap and associated fish holding facilities, smolt trapping and trucking operations and the mitigation stocking of in excess of one million eggs annually.

Key responsibilities of the Fisheries Director will include:

 Managing the existing and future workforce of the Board, with present and planned positions being: Assistant Biologist, Operations manager and a team of Fishery Officers.

 Monitoring Health and Safety on behalf of the Board and working with SSE in relation to their infrastructure.

 Responsibility for supervising additional voluntary manpower from time to time when available, especially in connection with existing SISI projects.

 Reviewing and implementing plans for non-native species and environmental matters, along with advice to proprietors on fishery and water related matters.

 Reporting on a regular basis to the Cromarty Firth Fisheries Management Committee, particularly the Chairman and Clerk.

 Running and managing a wild salmon hatchery to allow for significant mitigation stocking annually.

 Maintaining close working relationship with key organisations, especially SSE and SEPA but also SNH, FCS and neighbouring DSFBs.

 Maintaining and developing relationships with key existing academic partners and considering any further opportunities.

 Reviewing the opportunity to develop contract work and other revenue streams within the scope and management of the Board.

 Aiding the development of the existing junior angling initiative.

 Helping develop a tree nursery/riparian planting initiative with the Forestry Department of Inverness College.

 Supervising the input of all relevant fishery related data to the SFCC and to MSS when required.

The Fisheries Director will be required to have a minimum of a relevant degree and preferably hold post-graduate qualification and be able to demonstrate significant experience in the management of wild salmon. He/she must be able to demonstrate the ability to deal with and analyse large datasets. It would be a major advantage if the post holder has experience of hatchery operations but this is not essential, however they will need to show evidence of self-motivation and have a positive, proactive attitude.

The applicant must hold a full clean driving licence.

Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Closing date for applicants is 5.00pm on 27th January 2020. Interviews are planned for early February and the successful candidate will be expected to start work in April or later by agreement.

To apply please send a CV and covering letter addressed to Neil Wright, Clerk to the Cromarty Firth District Salmon Fishery Board, by email to neil.wright@galbraithgroup.com or by post to: Clerk to the Cromarty Firth District Salmon Fishery Board, Galbraith, Reay House, 17 Old Edinburgh Road, Inverness IV2 3HF. Telephone 01463 224343.

Fishery Biologist – Cromarty Firth District Salmon Fishery Board

The Cromarty Firth District Salmon Fishery Board has responsibility for managing and developing salmon stocks within the Cromarty Firth District, namely the River Conon, River Alness and a number of smaller local rivers. There is close liaison with the Fisheries Trust (charitable status SCO29221, which was established in 1999) which independently exists to financially support research and activities within the Cromarty district. These tend to be those involved with delivering targeted research, environmental, educational and training projects.

The River Conon (the principal river within the region) and all its tributaries are significantly affected by hydro power production and the DSFB has an excellent ongoing relationship with SSE, the electricity generator. The work of the Cromarty Firth DSFB is varied and extensive and encompasses direct fishery management activities such as running an extensive modern wild salmon hatchery, operation of an adult salmon trap and associated fish holding facilities, smolt trapping and trucking operations and the mitigation stocking of in excess of one million eggs annually.

The Biologist’s role will to assist the Director and Clerk to the Board in the day to day management and assist with all aspects of research and contract work.

Key responsibilities of the Fisheries Biologist will include:

 Assisting with the management of the existing and future workforce of the Board, with present positions being: Operations manager and a team of Fishery Officers.

 Assisting with the monitoring of Health and Safety on behalf of the Board and working with SSE in relation to their infrastructure.

 Responsibility for supervising additional voluntary manpower from time to time when available.

 Reviewing and implementing plans for non-native species and environmental matters.

 Reporting on a regular basis to the Fisheries Director or Clerk to the Board.

 Assisting with the running and managing a wild salmon hatchery to allow for significant mitigation stocking annually.

 Maintaining close working relationship with key organisations, especially SSE and SEPA but also SNH, FCS and neighbouring DSFBs.

 This role may also include developing relationships with key existing academic partners and considering any further opportunities.

 Assisting with reviewing the opportunity to develop contract work.

 Aiding the development of the existing junior angling initiative.

 Input of all relevant fishery related data to the SFCC and to MSS when required.

The Fisheries Biologist will be required to have a minimum of a relevant degree and be able to demonstrate experience in the management of wild salmon. He/she must be able to demonstrate the ability to deal with and analyse large datasets. It would be a major advantage if the post holder has experience of hatchery operations but this is not essential, however they will need to show evidence of self-motivation and have a positive, proactive attitude with experience of managing a team.

The applicant must hold a full clean driving licence.

Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Closing date for applicants is 5.00pm on 27th January 2020. Interviews are planned for early February and the successful candidate will be expected to start work from March/ April or later by agreement.

To apply please send a CV and covering letter addressed to Neil Wright, Clerk to the Cromarty Firth District Salmon Fishery Board, by email to neil.wright@galbraithgroup.com or by post to: Clerk to the Cromarty Firth District Salmon Fishery Board, Galbraith, Reay House, 17 Old Edinburgh Road, Inverness IV2 3HF. Telephone 01463 224343.

Kyle of Sutherland Fisheries – Science Assistant

18-month fixed term contract

Kyle of Sutherland Fisheries is excited to announce a vacancy for a Science Assistant. This role will encompass a wide range of activities that Kyle Fisheries will undertake throughout the year. Starting in March the successful candidate will be assisting with smolt trapping and PIT tagging for hydro mitigation, and acoustic tagging for the second year of the missing salmon project which will be taking place on the Oykel and Shin rivers as well as others in the Moray Firth. Additionally, we will be tagging adult Salmon on the River Carron with radio tags, and monitoring when they are able to ascend past certain obstacles and their habitat use. In the summer months we will be commencing our electrofishing programme for various management purposes, which for the past two years has included Marine Scotland’s “National Electrofishing Programme for Scotland” (NEPS). The assistant may also be required to help with the delivery of schools projects, downloading data for the Scottish River Temperature Monitoring Network and other contracting work as arises.

This role would suit candidates from various backgrounds. Either someone passionate about conservation work with some experience (be it volunteering or employment) who wishes to progress further and develop their skills, or a recent graduate looking to gain some experience in the fisheries sector. The Science Assistant will be based at our office in Ardgay but will cover the entire Kyle of Sutherland District. This is a 18-month fixed term, 40 hours per week post with a salary of £16,000 – £18,000 per annum. Weekend working will occasionally be required.

Essential

  • Ability to work as a team
  • Willingness to undertake training courses, such as the SFCC introduction to electrofishing
  • A passion for conservation
  • Outdoor work may be physically demanding, so the candidate needs to be relatively fit

Desirable

  • Experience of working or volunteering within the fisheries or conservation sector
  • Further education in fisheries or conservation, bachelors or masters level
  • An understanding of the structures of Fishery Boards and Trusts and how they operate
  • Experience of curating and analyzing data sets
  • A valid UK driving license

The deadline for applications is Friday the 31st January 2020 with interviews to be held the week beginning the 10th of February. The successful applicant will be starting on the 16th of March, although this start date will be somewhat flexible. To apply please send a CV and covering letter, explaining why this position appeals to you and your suitability, to admin@kylefisheries.org