Invasive Species Co-ordinator with the River Dee Trust (RDT), based on Deeside (Aberdeenshire)

There are two components to this post, firstly working with an invasive non-native species Forum to facilitate and support co-ordinated action at a regional scale to survey and control invasive plant species. Secondly, working with the River Dee Trust to support the development and delivery of programmes to control invasive plants and American mink within the Dee, Don, Cowie and Carron catchments.

The post will attract a salary of £29,000-£30,000 per annum or pro rata for a part-time post. This post is for a fixed term until 18th September 2020.

Further information on the post is available from the RDT website or email

Location: The post will be based mainly in the Trust’s River Office at Mill of Dinnet near Aboyne but may also involve working out of other partner offices within the project area (Don DSFB at Kemnay, Aberdeenshire Council and/or Scottish Natural Heritage).

UsThe 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

 You: You have a background in a biological or environmental science and have a minimum of two years’ experience of working in a similar field. You have a knowledge and understanding of issues relating to invasive non-native species. You can demonstrate the ability to work in partnership with statutory agencies, organisations, communities and landowners and are experienced at working with members of the public. You are experienced in motivating, leading and retaining volunteers. You have good organisational and communication skills using a variety of media. You have a positive proactive attitude and are confident working alone and in a small team. You are experienced and willing to work outdoors daily in rural and urban environments. You have a current valid driver’s licence.

 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 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 5pm on 7th Jan 2019. Interviews will be held at the River Office on 23rd Jan 2019.


A two year Project Officer post is available from early 2019 to deliver an exciting new project titled ‘Partnership Delivery of Prioritised Salmon Habitat Restoration in the Galloway River Catchments’.

Galloway Fisheries Trust is a conservation charity working on fish populations, their habitats and water quality across the freshwaters of Galloway.  The candidate must be physically fit, motivated and hardworking.  A full valid driving licence is essential.  The position will be based in Newton Stewart and will work across the rivers in Galloway.


  • Develop, with a further education body, a technique to effectively prioritise restoration work areas to give the maximum benefits for local salmon populations.
  • Review and compile relevant data sets for local catchments to allow the prioritising of areas for habitat enhancements.
  • Identify and meet with key stake holders / interested parties to identify potential partnerships to deliver improvements and how the Officer would assist.
  • Develop close working relationship with key organisations to explore new opportunities to undertake enhancement works when they are delivering other work programmes around the identified ‘priority areas’.
  • Provide advice to interested parties regarding instream / riparian habitat restoration and protection, including legal requirements.
  • Run volunteer training schemes in Galloway covering how to undertake simple habitat enhancement techniques. These schemes would also work with local schools.
  • Work to form effective working relationships with local communities.
  • Encourage and deliver habitat enhancement works in priority areas.

The post holder is required to have a minimum of a degree, experience working in the wild fish sector, preferably hold a post-graduate qualification and be able to demonstrate the ability to analysis large data sets.  The post holder will need to show evidence of self-motivation and have a positive proactive attitude.

Salary will be £25,000 per annum.  Closing date for applications is 5pm 13th December 2018.

Interviews plan to be held on the 19th December 2018.

To apply please send a CV and covering letter addressed to Jamie Ribbens at or Fisheries House, Station Industrial Estate, Newton Stewart, Wigtownshire, DG8 6ND

This post is funded by the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) and the Scottish Government.