Science Assistant

Kyle of Sutherland Fisheries

Ardgay, Sutherland
£16,000 - £18,000 pa

Paid • Full Time • Fixed Term Contract 01863 766702

Sectors: marine conservation, ecology, conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Friday, 31st January 2020  

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 between £16,000 - £18,000 per annum. Weekend working will occasionally be required.


  • 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


  • 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

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