Paul Coulson | November 30th 2021
The Kyle of Sutherland District Salmon Fisheries Board (KoSDSFB) was established under the 1860s Salmon Fishery legislation and has powers and statutory responsibilities under the Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries (Consolidation) (Scotland) Act 2003. The Board is empowered under the legislation to take such acts as it considers expedient for the protection, enhancement and conservation of Atlantic salmon and sea trout stocks. The board works closely with the Kyle of Sutherland Fisheries Trust, which was established in 2003, and is a registered Scottish Charity. The Trust acts in the pursuance of its charitable objectives which include the protection of fish and their habitats in the Kyle district. Kyle Fisheries contributes to the management of 112 km of principal rivers – Carron, Oykel, Cassley, Shin and Evelix – as well as 643 km of tributary rivers draining some 163,647 ha of land.
River temperature modelling undertaken by Marine Scotland Science as part of the Scottish River Temperature Network (SRTMN) has shown that rivers in the Kyle of Sutherland catchment are particularly vulnerable to warming under climate change conditions. The best way to combat this, we feel, is to undertake riparian tree planting. This will safeguard our fish populations and provide much wider ecological and biodiversity benefits. A key aspect of this strategy is getting the right trees in the right places, we are aiming for the creation of more native riparian woodland – not commercial forestry.
Additionally, much of the Kyle of Sutherland catchment contains peatland which is not suitable for riparian planting. There are some areas of degraded peatland which would benefit from peatland restoration. This will increase local carbon sequestration.
To help us with these activities Kyle of Sutherland Fisheries is recruiting for a new Climate Resilience & Mitigation Officer. This exciting new role will be taking the lead in our efforts to tackle the climate emergency. The role will involve working with landowners in the catchment to create riparian woodland and peatland restoration schemes. The ideal candidate will have a proven track record of scoping out and designing Forestry Schemes, as well as bringing the schemes to life and managing contractors throughout the process. They will be responsible for the following;
We would also wish for the successful candidate to get involved in other areas of the Trust’s work that might include river restoration and wetland creation, education, invasive species removal, smolt trapping and electrofishing.
Water scarcity is also likely to be an increasingly important consideration, particularly in river systems harnessed for hydroelectric production. Liaison with SSE and other water users would potentially form part of the key activities.
This newly created role sits within a small and well stablished team at Kyle Fisheries and you will report to the Kyle Fisheries director.
To apply please submit a CV and covering letter detailing why you are suitable for this post to[email protected] – If you have examples of forestry projects you have designed and managed please include these. The closing date for applications will be Friday the 3rd of December, with interviews to be held the week beginning the 14th of December. Interviews will be held via Microsoft teams, but an in-person interview can be given for applicants who request it.