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Working with Rivers Trainee Placement

Location: Kyle of Sutherland Fisheries Trust, Ardgay

Status: 40 hours/week, 12 week placement

Start Date: 14th March 2022

Salary: £10.60 per hour, £22,000 pa pro rata

The Kyle of Sutherland Fisheries Trust is offering a diverse and balanced placement to assist in developing skills in various aspects of fisheries management and riparian woodland creation to help tackle the climate emergency. Working with Rivers is delivered by NatureScot, with National Transition Training Fund support from Skills Development Scotland.

The NTTF-funded Working with Rivers training placement scheme will fund paid placements of 12 weeks in duration.  This will allow individuals to access training and high quality, on-the-job experience in working with rivers – particularly in river restoration, natural flood management, control of Invasive Non-Native Species (INNS) and riparian woodland creation.

The trainee will help out with a wide variety of activities and learn a variety of skills. They will be involved in Freshwater Pearl Mussel surveying and glochidia encystment monitoring for our NatureScot funded Biodiversity Challenge Funded project. We also aim to have the trainee spend a week with our project partners learning about woodland creation and management. They will then learn more about fisheries management and be involved with our smolt trapping and tagging activities.

In terms of skills development, the candidate will have the opportunity to attend one of the following courses;

  • Developing a Catchment-wide river restoration plan
  • Introduction to Hydromorphology
  • Riparian Restoration
  • Introduction to riparian habitat mapping

We also intend to enrol the trainee on the A2CofC course to operate our drone for habitat monitoring, and to enrol on the SFCC introduction to electrofishing course. In-house training on GIS will be given.

All training participants must meet the following eligibility criteria for NTTF funding : -

  • Resident in Scotland
  • At least 25 years old
  • If in work, then transitioning to net zero sectors, or at risk of redundancy; or have been made redundant.

To apply for the role, please send your CV and a covering letter to – In your covering letter you should state why this role interests you and what skills you would be keen to develop. Additionally, please state if there are any skills not listed in this description that you feel you would like us to help you to develop. Closing date for applications will be Monday the 7th of February.

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