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Galloway Fisheries Trust

Fisheries House, Station Industrial Estate, Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland. DG8 6ND
Telephone: 01671 403011 · Fax: 01671 402248 · Scottish Registered Charity No. SC020751

Looking downstream on the River Cree

Brown Trout

Looking upstream on the River Bladnoch

Felling of commercial forestry in Galloway Forest Park

Looking upstream on the River Luce

North American Signal Crayfish

The sandy beach at Loch Grannoch

Belted Galloway Cattle, or 'Belties'

Fly fishing on the River Cree

Murray's Monument

A small upland burn

A stoneloach

The High Cree, looking towards Cairnsmore of Fleet

A small waterfall on the Buchan Burn

A salmon from the Kirkcudbrightshire Dee

GFT have a vacancy for an intern

15 December 2017

And adult sparling

And adult sparling

Sparling ascending the river to spawn

Sparling ascending the river to spawn



An internship is available from 29th January 2018 until 22nd June 2018 (20 weeks) to work on a conservation and community engagement project focussed on sparling (Osmerus eperlanus).

Galloway Fisheries Trust is a conservation charity working on fish populations, their habitats and water quality across the freshwaters of Galloway.  The successful applicant will be involved in undertaking tasks and responsibilities to deliver the ‘Saving the Sparling’ Project.  The candidate must be fit, motivated, hardworking and willing to work outdoors including during poor weather conditions.  There may be a requirement to undertake some lone working from time to time.  A full valid driving licence is essential.  The position will be based in Newton Stewart.


  • Collect data to predict the arrival of sparling to spawn
  • Organise and take part in regular checks for spawning sparling and eggs in lower rivers
  • Design, organise and take part in a volunteer training project
  • Organise transport and keeping of sparling following capture until they have been processed and released.
  • Organise and assist in the collection of various data from adult sparling.
  • Engage with the local community to record local historical information.
  • Raise awareness of sparling in the local community and further afield
  • Assist in delivering a sparling focussed school project
  • Provide evidence as required for grant claims
  • Assisting in the overall dissemination of GFT work to a wider audience

This full time, fixed term intern post would suit a recent graduate with a conservation, fisheries or freshwater ecology degree.  Previous work experience is not required.

Salary will be £350/week.  Closing date for applications is 9am 5th January 2018.

To apply please send a CV and covering letter addressed to Jamie Ribbens at or Fisheries House, Station Industrial Estate, Newton Stewart, Wigtownshire, DG8 6ND

This post is supported by The Holywood Trust, European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) and the Scottish Government. 

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