Fisheries Ecologist (Monitoring) - Five Rivers

Paul Coulson | May 9th 2021

Fisheries Ecologist (Monitoring)

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a dynamic monitoring team undertaking field-based sampling and surveying of surface water environments across the UK. The successful applicant will lead field teams in diligent data collection to recognised industry standards in aquatic habitats which include rivers, estuaries, and wetlands.  Our monitoring team continues to expand with growth as an AMP7 framework supplier/sub-consultant to the UK water industry and we require a Fisheries Ecologist to lead operational field teams.

You will be responsible for the safe and effective implementation of ecological surveys, and subsequent data management and report writing. The baseline data we collect is essential for evidence based environmental management by the construction, infrastructure, and water industry. The fieldwork will predominantly involve leading surveys of fish populations and habitats using a range of methodologies including electric fishing, seine netting, fyke netting and hydroacoustics. In addition, we require support with all other functions of our monitoring team undertaking assessment of physical characteristics (habitat assessment, river flow and levels) and chemical quality (water quality sampling). As a leader of operational field teams, you will mentor junior staff in the skills and knowledge required to fulfil their roles, and you will be invested in developing the team and ensuring quality is maintained. There will be opportunities to also support the wider team with activities such as bid proposals and with the management of small projects, including budget management and client liaison.

The role will be based from our new Head Office at Thruxton Airfield, Hampshire. There is a requirement for travel across the UK for delivery of our programme as and when required by the business.


The Ideal Candidate

As the ideal candidate you will be able to demonstrate relevant work experience (2 – 5yrs) in either the public or private sector undertaking fisheries monitoring and assessments. You will be confident survey leader with a broad knowledge of survey methodologies, including competence and certification in electric fishing.

As a Fisheries Ecologist you will have experience in assessing hazards, risk and implementing control measures, with specific focus on working in and around water. Leading teams in line with safe working methods will be second nature and you will be confident in always ensuring the health and safety of your team.

As a field leader of operational teams, you will have the ability to delegate and instruct others in the diligent delivery of ecological surveying to guarantee the accuracy and reliability of the teams outputs, whilst also ensuring completion of surveys to agreed time scales.  In addition, these skills will give you the ability to mentor and train less experienced members of the team.

You will enjoy working outdoors in all weathers and have an interest in environmental management, protection, and enhancement. You will be organised, highly motivated, be an excellent communicator and can work as part of a team. As a team player you will enjoy building positive relationships with co-workers and offering solutions to challenges faced for achievement of our common goal.

Whilst fieldwork skills are essential there will be requirements for office-based task such as project planning, data management and analysis and reporting. You will be IT literate, confident using MS Office packages and excellent written skills to ensure success in the execution of your responsibilities.

Flexibility, adaptability, and resilience will be a core attribute that will allow you to adapt to a highly dynamic schedule of monitoring working across the UK. You will have the ability to swim, hold a clean driving licence and will work away from home in delivery of our programme.



  • A degree in a relevant subject
  • 2 – 5 years relevant work experience
  • Member of CIEEM, IFM or RSB
  • Clean driving license
  • Ability to swim
  • Positive attitude and a team player
  • CSCS
  • RYA Powerboat Level 2
  • Electric fishing certified

Salary Range & Benefits

  • £22,000 – £27,000 (DOE)
  • Paid overtime
  • 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays
  • Company pension scheme
  • An amazing and supportive company culture


Are you the one we’re looking for? Apply before the end of April for immediate consideration (please note that if we receive a high volume of applications, the closing date may be brought forward). Apply now by clicking the link and providing the information requested.

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