Local recruitment: Assistant Ecologist/Biologist

Forth Rivers Trust

Edinburgh, UK 🇬🇧

We have an exciting new opportunity to join the Forth Rivers Trust team as an assistant ecologist/biologist.

Post: Assistant Ecologist/Biologist

The assistant ecologist/biologist will have responsibility for working with the Senior Biologist for the Trust and other team members delivering activities of the Trust’s Science Team, which will provide a scientific platform agreed with the Director, and on which the Trust will base its activities.

The Science Team will carry out biological monitoring and research for the purposes of project support, fulfilling national and local Board requirements, populating fisheries management plans, assessing habitat/population quality and directing conservation resources. The aims, objectives and ideals of the Trust will be of fundamental importance in delivering this work.

The post holder will work within the team and may support volunteers and interns at different times.

Impacts on Wild Fish Populations

The post holder will provide technical, practical and scientific assistance and guidance on any event or issue that may impact on wild fish populations in the Forth District. This will include working with the senior biologist and other team members to provide advice in terms of consultation for planning applications, CAR Licences and other national discussions and promoting best practise.

This will include supporting the:

  • Development of monitoring plans
  • Collection and analysis of data
  • Reporting and disseminating information
  • Preparation of management plans
  • Delivery of best practice

Project Working

The post holder will support the Senior Biologist and the Director in initiating, planning, funding or managing projects that further the aims of the Trust.

This could include:

  • Undertaking fish and fish habitat surveys
  • Supporting the Trust’s smolt monitoring work
  • Riparian and habitat surveys/improvement projects
  • Assisting with Trust educational projects such as Fish in the Classroom
  • Supporting community and youth work projects
  • Supporting larger scale restoration project via media production and stakeholder engagement
  • Supporting projects development and fundraising
  • Supporting project activity coordination, including reporting

Representation at local and national levels

The post holder will be required to support the Senior Biologist with work with external organisations and stakeholders at both the local and national levels, and as requested by the Trust’s Director. These are likely to include, but are not limited to: Local Authorities, NatureScot, Scottish Environment Protection Agency, Scottish Government, Marine Scotland, Scottish Fisheries Coordination Centre, Landowners, Schools and members of the public. Activities may include meeting with, liaising with and discussing views with these agencies and wider stakeholders.

General Assistance

Given the evolving and broadening nature of the organisation, and in the interests of flexibility, the post holder may be required to assist with any aspect of the Trust’s activities as reasonably requested by the Trust’s Director.

Forth Rivers Consulting

The post holder will be required to provide ecological/biologist support (both field and office-based) for Forth Rivers Consulting which is the commercial consulting arm of the Trust, and sits within the Science Team.  The post holder will report to the acting leads for the Forth Rivers Consulting who will report to the Senior Biologist and Director of the Forth Rivers Trust.

Forth Rivers Consulting is the trading arm of the Forth Rivers Trust that works with a range of partners, from the Scottish Government to local environmental groups. In accomplishing our objectives, we work with developers, infrastructure providers and others to ensure that works undertaken do not impact negatively on the health of our rivers and lochs. The Trust already has a strong reputation for providing consultancy services and wishes to build on this and set up a delivery vehicle for discharging this work.

The post holder will support the delivery of Forth Rivers Consulting work when required helping to carry out fish rescues, ecological clerks of works, habitat surveys and any other requirements through Forth Rivers Consulting.

Personal Specifications


  • Relevant biological or Environmental science degree
  • Ability to work in a team or alone to undertake fieldwork, some of which will be quite physically demanding.
  • Self motivated and enthusiastic personality and able to learn quickly and use own initiative
  • Report writing and data management skills
  • Understanding of fish, rivers and catchment issues
  • A full clean UK driving licence is essential
  • Flexible attitude to working house as some early morning, evening and weekend working will be required.


  • Experience working in the fisheries sector or environmental sector
  • SFCC introduction to electrofishing certificate
  • Smolt monitoring experience
  • experience using GIS and map based products
  • fresh water pearl mussel
  • Ecological Clerks of Work or working in the consultancy industry

Contract details

Contract Length: 31st March 2024 with rolling 1 year contract depending on funding

Salary: ÂŁ22,000

Working hours: 40 hours per week 9-5 (flexible working required with some early morning, evening and weekend working)

Location: Forth Rivers Trust office, Edinburgh and Forth District

Pension: Trust contribution of 9%

Holiday: 20 days paid leave plus any statutory bank holidays taking it to 28 days paid leave.


All candidates should submit a CV and cover letter to recruit@forthriverstrust.org by close of play 29th January 2023. Emails should include the job title within the subject line as we are recruiting for more than one role at the moment. Please also make sure to include two recent references (job/academic). We will not contact references until we have spoken with candidates first. Interviews will take place week commencing 6th February.

For more information or an informal conversation, please contact Jo Girvan by calling 0131 445 1527 or emailing recruit@forthriverstrust.org





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