Scotland’s nature-based careers sector is to receive a welcome boost with the return of the successful Working with Rivers scheme, following its employment achievements in 2022.

The 2023 Working with Rivers scheme will support graduates currently involved, or aspiring to work, in the landscape-scale nature restoration required to tackle climate change and biodiversity loss across Scotland. NatureScot, Scotland’s nature agency, has teamed up with Graduate Career Advantage Scotland (GCAS) and Fisheries Management Scotland (FMS) to support 11 fisheries organisations and one eco-engineering company offering paid graduate placements in river restoration, natural flood management, invasive non-native species control and riparian woodland creation.

Funded by GCAS and part of the Young Person’s Guarantee, the six month scheme of on-the-job learning and development aims to break down barriers by supporting employers of all sizes to create opportunities for graduates while benefiting organisations and boosting Scotland’s economy. NatureScot and FMS (through the Scottish Fisheries Coordination Centre) will coordinate and provide training opportunities throughout the placements.