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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.

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