Principal Fisheries Consultant


Dartington, Devon
Competitive salary

Paid • Full Time • Permanent

Sectors: water & hydrology, environmental management, conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Not specified, apply soon!

The Vacancy

Fishtek ltd, part of the RSK Group, is looking to appoint a Principal Fisheries Scientist on a full time, permanent basis. Our purpose-built office is based in Dartington, South Devonhowever the location can be flexible depending on candidate.

Fishtek Consulting is a specialist fisheries science and river engineering consultancy based in Devon but with a global client base. Our team of environmental scientists, fisheries biologists and engineers work in synergy to find innovative solutions to fisheries and environmental problems, covering topics such as fish and eel pass design, natural flood management, river restoration, off-take and abstraction design and screening, fisheries impact assessments, invasive species surveys and fisheries monitoring.

We seek an experienced and enthusiastic freshwater Principal Fisheries Consultant with extensive consultancy experience that includes preparing bids, project management and being the technical lead on fish and eel pass design projects.


  • Prepare initial quotations and tender responses
  • Undertake site visits and surveys
  • Liaison with clients, stakeholders and government agencies
  • Obtaining permissions and consents, including liaising with the Environment Agency fish pass panel
  • Act as the technical lead on a range of projects including fish and eel pass design
  • Undertake technical report writing and provide specialist knowledge to clients and colleagues
  • Project management, including budget and programme management
  • Supervising and mentoring junior staff
  • Work closely with our engineers and CAD technicians to develop designs
  • Review of technical work according to relevant industry guidance and standards (i.e. IFM Fish Pass Manual, WFD, EA SHEWCoP, CDM, FRAP permitting system) 

Person Specification:


  • A minimum of a bachelors degree in scientific or environmental discipline
  • Relevant years' environmental consultancy experience.
  • Full driving licence
  • Previous knowledge of fish and eel pass design
  • Excellent technical report writing skills
  • Understanding of fisheries legislation and industry standards, including the fish pass application process
  • Experience of working in another discipline, such as freshwater fisheries monitoring, geomorphology, river restoration or similar
  • Evidence of project management experience and supporting junior staff


  • Post graduate qualification in a scientific or environmental discipline
  • Relevant years' consultancy experience
  • Experience of using MS project
  • Chartered Environmentalist (IFM, CIWEM or similar)
  • GIS or CAD experience
  • Prince 2 project management or similar

Salary and Benefits:

  • Salary negotiable depending on experience
  • Preferably full time, but other arrangements considered
  • Life assurance and company pension scheme
  • 2 days annual volunteering
  • A flexible benefits programme including the option to buy additional holidays, health cash plan, discounted gym membership, EV car lease and cycle to work schemes 

RSK will not accept unsolicited CVs from agencies other than RSK PSL or Secondary agencies. 

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