Dartington - Devon

Fishtek Consulting: Environmental Scientist

Paul Coulson | July 24th 2021

Fishtek Consulting is a leading aquatic engineering specialist working across the UK and internationally on a diverse range of projects around river engineering, fish passage and sustainable hydropower. There is currently a vacancy available for a Freshwater / Environmental Scientist, based at our main office in Dartington, Devon.

Renumeration:Competitive salary depending on experience. Company benefits including pension, flexible working, cycle to work scheme and bonus scheme.


Roles and responsibilities:The projects that you will be involved in are wide-ranging in scope, covering all aspects of river restoration and improvement. This includes fisheries impact assessments, habitat assessments, fish and eel pass feasibility studies and design, fish and eel screening assessments, geomorphological assessments, statistical data analysis and invasive species assessments. As well as this, there is a significant amount of ongoing innovative research and development which staff are involved in daily, contributing to large national and international projects to improve technologies and general understanding within the fisheries and environmental sector.

As one of Fishtek’s scientists, you will have a wide range of day-to-day activities, working within a small team to ensure successful project delivery. All team members are encouraged to manage projects and resources (staff, equipment, costs etc.), including liaison with clients, stakeholders and government agencies. As such, staff should be confident in their expertise and knowledge with a sound understanding of relevant fisheries legislation and current developments within the aquatic sector. Project management experience within the environmental sectors would be an advantage.

Our scientists are involved in all aspects of a project from inception to completion. They will assist with the preparation of quotes and supporting tender documents, and carry the project through to the final submission of the deliverable (report, technical document etc.) for client review. Staff will frequently be required to undertake site visits and surveys.

Qualifications, skills and experience:


·       Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in a scientific or environmental discipline

·       Understanding of riverine management, river processes, aquatic restoration techniques and practices

·       Robust knowledge of environmental legislation

·       2 – 3 years + of experience working within the environmental sector, with an emphasis on freshwater fisheries, geomorphology, riverine restoration or river / water engineering

·       Data analysis and statistics using a range of software e.g. excel, R, SPSS

·       Presentation of complex data in comprehensive written reports and production of these reports

·       Experience of undertaking site visits and surveys in an aquatic environment

·       Excellent inter-personal skills

·       UK driving licence



·       Understanding of fish pass design and hydropower developments (highly desirable)

·       Experience using GIS software e.g. ArcGIS or QGIS for ecological spatial analysis

·       First aid qualification / boat handling e.g. RYA Powerboat II

·       Post graduate degree in a scientific or environmental discipline

·       Project management experience, including writing programmes and managing budgets, staff and equipment (desirable)

·       Experience in a related field, such as natural flood management, biodiversity net gain assessment, natural capital accounting or hydrology


How to apply:Please send a CV and covering letter to Hannah Rogers ([email protected])