Restoration Specialist (4 Positions)

Scotland, , GB

This information is intended to supplement the generic job description and more accurately outlines the key tasks required in this specific role. The generic job description is intended to outline the general skills and experience required to operate effectively as a Specialist 2 and is the definitive document which defines the generic role and its overall responsibilities.

Job Purpose

This post is part of a team delivering improvements to the physical condition of Scotland’s water environment. The post holder will be responsible for taking forward a portfolio of projects that improve river morphology and barriers to fish passage, working closely with other parts of the Agency and external partners.

Key Responsibilities

  • Provide technical advice on the restoration of the water environment (improvements to morphology of both rural and urban rivers and barriers to fish passage) including the different stages of project development and implementation; scoping, options appraisal, design and works
  • To be the lead point of contact in the team on one or more of the following areas as they relate to restoration projects: restoration and geomorphology, restoration engineering, fisheries management, contract procurement and management of restoration ground works. Restoration will include removing simple and more complex barriers to fish migration and improving the physical condition of rural and urban rivers.
  • Oversee projects through appraisal and financial governance processes including scrutiny to ensure projects meet RBMP objectives, provide value for money, reduce and manage risk, have adequate options appraisal, maximising multiple benefits and tracking and reporting on project progress and finances for projects in portfolio.
  • Directly commission different stages of restoration projects using SEPA’s procurement processes.
  • Advise and support applicants to the Water Environment Fund at the various stages of pre-application, application, project delivery and post project assessment.
  • Liaise with specialist functions within SEPA to ensure appropriate technical challenge for projects and with local regulatory services staff regarding the preparation of licences required for restoration works and works delivery.
  • Provide written and oral guidance and advice on the delivery of restoration projects, the Water Environment Fund and respond to enquiries from project applicants, the public, agencies and organisations.
  • Promote the aspirations, opportunities and completed environmental improvements being delivered to internal and external audiences.
  • Develop and maintain productive partnerships with Scottish Government, Local Authorities, agencies and organisations that help deliver and fund restoration projects.
  • Contribute to the strategic development of policy to support making improvements to physical condition (including barriers to fish migration) and delivery of the RBMP objectives.


Relevant degree or equivalent experience



  • Detailed knowledge of river restoration techniques
  • Understanding of multiple benefits from river restoration including biodiversity, flood risk management, diffuse pollution, fisheries and urban regeneration.
  • Detailed knowledge of either hydromorphology and/or restoration engineering and/or contract procurement and/or management of restoration works
  • Knowledge and understanding of relevant legislation including Controlled Activity Regulations.


  • Understanding of the Water Framework Directive and River Basin Management planning as they relate to improvements to physical condition (including barriers to fish migration)
  • Knowledge of relevant funding schemes



  • At least 3 years relevant professional experience in water management
  • Involvement in the different stages of river restoration projects; scoping, options appraisal and design and works.
  • Development of effective working relationships with project stakeholders eg Local Authorities, agencies, river trusts, landowners.


  • Experience of project appraisal, finance and management of restoration projects that improve river morphology and barriers to fish passage
  • Procurement and management of contractors and ground works projects



Excellent oral and written communications skills including report writing and presentations.