Voluntary Seasonal Survey Assistant

West Cumbria Rivers Trust

Keswick, Cumbria

Volunteer • Full or Part Time

www.westcumbriariverstrust.org ruth@westcumbriariverstrust.org 017687 75429 Ruth Mackay

Reference: VSSA18

Sectors: water & hydrology, conservation & wildlife, ecology

Closing date: Saturday, 23rd June 2018   1 day left


Voluntary Seasonal Survey Assistant

Job Title: Seasonal Survey Assistant (Volunteer)

Purpose: to assist with the annual juvenile salmonid fish surveys conducted in the Derwent catchment, Cumbria.

Reports to: West Cumbria Rivers Trust (WCRT) Electrofishing Project Officer

Location: Keswick, Cumbria

Hours: Full-time, Part-time (3-4 days) may be considered.

Duration: 3 months (July – September 2018)

West Cumbria Rivers Trust is an environmental charity based in Keswick, Cumbria, working to improve watercourses for people and wildlife. With support from local angling clubs, riparian owners, and other funding bodies, the Trust undertakes an extensive juvenile salmonid survey programme within the River Derwent catchment which has run for the last three years. This provides vital data to target watercourse improvement work undertaken by ourselves, the Derwent River Corridor Group and many other partner organisations. The Trust is looking for a voluntary survey assistant to help the team undertake the vast number of sites proposed for this survey season.

This is a fantastic opportunity to gain experience in working in the environmental sector, participating in conservation and fisheries work. The Trust is keen to provide opportunities for newly qualified talented people looking to start their career, or take a change in career direction, especially those local to the Trust area, and further opportunities within the Trust may be available for the right person.

Working closely alongside the Trusts Electrofishing Project Officer, and other daily volunteers, the seasonal survey assistant will assist with:

  • Undertaking salmonid surveys using timed electrofishing techniques;
  • Undertake data entry into appropriate databases;
  • Assisting with the preparation and wash down of survey equipment on a daily basis;
  • Assist with the production of social media publicity of the project,
  • Any other duties as required by the Trust. The role will be based from the Trust offices in Keswick but will be expected to work across the Derwent catchment (Trust vehicles will be used for the survey work).

The successful candidate must be able to:

  • Work as part of a team,
  • Have good communication skills,
  • Have a degree of fitness and physical ability to undertake physical tasks and sometimes lengthy walks into survey sites carrying equipment.
  • Ability to get to Keswick daily, a valid driver’s license is preferred but not essential.
  • Basic knowledge and use of Microsoft Excel and Word.
  • Be able to use social media platforms to promote the project.

The successful candidate will be provided with the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) required to perform the tasks asked and a Trust vehicle is used to get to the sites.

To apply please send your CV and covering letter outlining your qualifications, skills and experience that are relevant to this position by emailing: ruth@westcumbriariverstrust.org

Closing date: midnight on Saturday 23rd June and you would be expected to start shortly after. 


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