Seasonal Field Assistant

West Sutherland Fisheries Trust

Scourie, Sutherland

Paid • Full Time • Fixed Term Contract 01971502259 Shona Marshall

Sectors: water & hydrology, conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Friday, 21st February 2020   1 day left

West Sutherland Fisheries Trust has a vacancy for a 6 month seasonal assistant. This role will cover the wide range of activities that WSFT will undertake during this time. Starting in April the successful candidate will assist with smolt trapping and estuarine sweep netting. They will also assist with the delivery of other projects that may arise. From July they will assist with the electrofishing programme, which for the past two years has included Marine Scotland’s “National Electrofishing Programme for Scotland” (NEPS). The assistant will also be required to help with the delivery of our role in the Scottish Invasive Species Initiative, including monitoring mink rafts, pulling Himalayan Balsam and treating Japanese Knotweed.

This role is based in Scourie. It would either suit someone with an interest in and some experience (either volunteering or employment) of the aquatic environment who wishes to progress further and develop their skills, or a recent graduate looking to gain some experience in the fisheries sector. This is a 6-month fixed term, 40 hours per week with competitive salary Accommodation is provided. Weekend working will occasionally be required.


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


  • 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

The deadline for applications is 21 February 2020 with interviews to be held the week beginning 2 March. To apply please send a CV and covering letter, explaining why this position appeals to you and your suitability, to Shona Marshall.

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