Vacancy at GFT

26th May 2022
by Jamie Ribbens

GFT are recruiting for a 'Habitat and Climate Resilience Officer'. This is a full time and permanent post.

Improving habitats on the Upper Luce
Improving habitats on the Upper Luce




Galloway Fisheries Trust is looking to recruit a ‘Habitats and Climate Resilience Officer’ to join our team.  The successful candidate will take a lead role in designing and delivering a variety of research, monitoring and restoration programmes.  This is a full time permanent post.   

Galloway Fisheries Trust is a conservation charity working to restore and maintain aquatic biodiversity, particularly native fish, in Galloway by means of practical, responsible and sustainable approaches to land, water and fishery management, based on sound science, for the benefit of the community as a whole.  We recognise the urgent need to increase the resilience of freshwater environments to cope with future climate change impacts.

The successful applicant will be involved in designing and delivering a programme of research, monitoring and habitat works which will restore degraded habitats and increase the resilience of local freshwater environments and their ecology to cope with climate change impacts such as increased flooding events and drier, hotter summers.

Key areas of responsibility include:

Identify degraded instream and riparian habitats for restoration works
Design and deliver a programme of restoration works to enhance degraded habitats
Identify water courses and fish stocks at particular risk from future climate change impacts
Design and deliver work programmes to increase the resilience of local waters to climate change impacts with a particular emphasis on riparian tree planting schemes
Monitor the benefits from works undertaken
Assist GFT in becoming carbon neutral 
Increase local public awareness of climate change impacts on freshwater environments and ways to address these impacts
Utilise present and future research to understand climate change impacts on local freshwater environments
Encourage partnership working to deliver GFT objectives
Provide expert advice to key stakeholders
Assist in the writing of funding applications
Assist in promoting the work of the GFT through social media and presentations 

The candidate must be fit, motivated, hardworking and willing to work outdoors during all weather conditions.  You will work as an essential member of our team – induction and other training will be provided.  The position will be based at Newton Stewart (Dumfries and Galloway).  A full valid driving licence is essential.

We are looking for candidates to preferably have:

A relevant degree
Demonstrate practical research skills
Experience in field working and report writing
A good understanding of freshwater ecology
At least two years’ relevant work experience

Salary will be between £25,000 - £30,000 based on experience and qualifications.  GFT provides 6% Employers Pension Contribution.

Closing date for applications is 11.00am on 24th June 2022.

Face to face interviews are intended to be held on the 4th July 2022. 

To apply please send a CV (including details of 2 referees) and a covering letter addressed to Jamie Ribbens at or Fisheries House, Station Industrial Estate, Newton Stewart, Wigtownshire, DG8 6ND


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