Saltaire (though flexible)

JBA - Graduate Hydroecologist

Paul Coulson | June 24th 2021


Are you a recent graduate or are about to graduate?

Are you a looking for a career in fish ecology or hydroecology?

Are you an ecology or environmental science graduate (or will you shortly be) 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? Come and work for us!

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:

  • 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


  • Inputting to river restoration schemes.


The post would ideally be based at our Saltaire Office, however we can be flexible on location for the right candidate. For further information please contact Dave Mould [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.

You will have an appreciation of and enthusiasm for fisheries, hydroecology and the wider river environment

Who we’re looking for

Core skills and experience to this post are:

  • A degree (or equivalent) in ecology, biology or any other suitable environmental


  • A full, clean 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 1D and 2D 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.’

Who we are

JBA began in 1995 and have grown to be one of Europe’s leading specialists inenvironmental engineering and environmental management, with a strong track record of major studies for national governments and international bodies.
Our Head Office is 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.
Visit to find out more about what we do.

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 plus the option to buy more days.

We want our staff to reach their full potential and feel that their development is important to us. For each member of staff we develop a structured training and development plan and every member of staff has an Individual Training Plan and mentor. Six days training a year are available to our staff.

JBA is an Equal Opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all candidates who believe they fulfil the job criteria specified above. All roles will be considered for part-time or flexible working, and we encourage applications from candidates who may be returning to work after a career break for any reason.