Paul Coulson | April 21st 2024


Are you a looking for career which will improve the environment?  Are you an ecologist or environmentalist with a demonstrable enthusiasm for freshwater environments and their conservation? Do you like working with people from different technical disciplines to solve problems? Do you want to learn new skills and challenge yourself? We can offer you a challenging and rewarding career at the forefront of solving the current ecological and environmental issues facing society.

The role will be to support the growing workload in our fisheries and wider Catchment and River Restoration Team (CRRT), including fish pass design, fish ecology impact assessments and river restoration schemes.

Day to day responsibilities will include, but not be limited to:

  • Analysis and interpretation of fish population data
  • Interpretation of hydraulic modelling results to infer impacts on fish ecology
  • Construction / amendment of hydraulic models to support river restoration and fish pass design
  • Working with engineers and contractors to develop suitable temporary and permanent works
  • Contributing to WFD Assessments
  • Working with technicians and the wider design team to develop high quality design drawings
  • Inputting to river restoration schemes.


The post would ideally be based at our Saltaire, BD18 3LF office, however we can be flexible on location for the right candidate. Saltaire in West Yorkshire is where our Hydroecology team is based along with other environmental specialisms including: landscape architecture, hydrogeology, environment and sustainability, heritage and archaeology, and environment impact assessment providing an opportunity to gain a wider appreciation across the sector.

JBA supports agile working which provides for greater flexibility with the way that we work.

Further information:

For further information or an informal chat please contact Dave Mould (Technical Director) and/or Jessica Ager (Hydroecology Team Leader) on t: 01274 714269.


Please apply by completing a JBA application form and returning with a current CV to [email protected]

Key competencies required for the role:

You will need to have excellent interpersonal skills and be an effective verbal and written communicator. The ability to work successfully as part of a team is vital, as you will be liaising directly with colleagues, third parties and other design members and an appreciation of and enthusiasm for fisheries, hydroecology and the wider river environment.

Core skills and experience to this post are:

  • A degree (or equivalent) in ecology, biology or any other suitable environmental science.
  • A full, clean UK driving licence.
  • Experience using ArcMap/QGIS (or similar software).
  • Demonstrable enthusiasm for the river environment and freshwater ecology.
  • Demonstrable experience of planning and organising task delivery.

It is desirable, but not essential, for the successful candidate to have the following skills/experience:

  • Experience designing river restoration schemes or fish passes
  • Experience building and using hydraulic models (including one/two-dimensional (1/2/3D) modelling)
  • Experience working in an office environment
  • Experience working outdoors.

Where necessary training and experience of the above can be ‘gained and supported on the job.’

Graduate Scheme:

We offer a comprehensive Graduate Scheme which offers the support and mentoring required over the first two years of your career with JBA to support your early career development. This involves defined and dedicated support and structure to your career progression along with colleagues at similar stages of their careers and includes the opportunity to rotate between teams within the company. On completion we offer a Professional membership Commitment (PMC) programme to support everyone through to their professional qualifications through their chosen institution.

Who we are:

JBA began in 1995 and have grown to be one of Europe’s leading specialists in environmental engineering and environmental management, with a strong track record of major studies for national governments and international bodies.

Our Head Office in based in Skipton, with 21 offices in 9 countries around the world.

We have been independent and employee-owned for over two decades, allowing us the freedom to focus on innovation and our commitment to exceptional client service.

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What we offer:

A competitive salary is available depending on qualifications and experience, together with a comprehensive benefits package.  The JBA Group is an employee-owned company and staff qualify for profit share after a minimum length of service.

The JBA Group is committed to looking after the health, safety and wellbeing of its staff, and as such it offers an inclusive benefits package which includes Group Income Protection; a health cash plan; contributory pension scheme; and a competitive annual leave entitlement that increases with qualifying service.

We want our staff to reach their full potential and feel that their development is important to us.  We have in place a structured training and development plan and every member of staff has an Individual Training Plan and mentor.

JBA is committed to creating and sustaining a working environment in which everyone has an equal opportunity to fulfil their potential and we welcome applications from suitably qualified people from all sections of the community.  All roles will be considered for part-time or flexible working.