Job Advert – Clerk to the Forth District Salmon Fishery Board


An opportunity has arisen to join our small team at the Forth District Salmon Fishery Board as Clerk to the Board. The Clerk will be responsible for the management of the Forth District Salmon Fishery Board activities, helping to deliver the long and short-term strategies and goals set out by the Board, and delivering the duties of the legally required position of Board Clerk. 

This is a part time position but will be both challenging and rewarding, helping to deliver real change to Forth district fisheries working closely with the Forth Rivers Trust and other agencies. 

A CV and cover letter should be submitted to the Convener at no later than the 10th April 2023 with interviews being carried out from the 17th April 2023.

Job title:

Clerk  to the Forth District Salmon Fishery Board  


£46,000 to £50,000 per year pro rata (dependent on experience)


Part time, minimum of 16 hours per week. Some weekend or evening work will be required


Flexible Hybrid. Some office hours will be required. Travel will be required to attend meetings and site-visits, as necessary.


The Forth District Salmon Fishery Board (FDSFB) (the ‘Board’) is the statutory body responsible for the protection and enhancement of salmon and sea trout fisheries in the Forth District. It was constituted under the 1862 and 1868 Salmon Fisheries Legislation, subsequently amended in the Salmon Act 1986 and the Salmon Conservation (Scotland) Act 2001 and more recently amalgamated under the Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries (Consolidation) (Scotland) Act 2003.

Description of Role 

The Clerk will be responsible for the management of the Forth District Salmon Fishery Board activities, helping to deliver the long and short-term strategies and goals set out by the Board, and delivering the duties of the legally required position of Board Clerk. The Clerk will report to the Convener of the Board.

General Responsibilities
  • Delivering the strategic objectives of long and short-term projects to successful conclusions.
  • Act as Clerk to the FDSFB, including organising Board meetings and triennial elections.
  • Maintain official administrative and financial records and documents and ensure compliance with statute, good governance guidelines and codes of practice, including production of regular monthly and annual reports.
  • Maintain an up-to-date management and enforcement database to assist in goal delivery.
  • Report to the Board all activities requiring Board oversight and approval, on a monthly basis.
  • Provide reports to Scottish Government on behalf of the Board, as required by legislation.
  • Undertake all responsibilities using modern best practice in management.
Public Relations, Media and Communications
  • Manage official Board correspondence in conjunction with the Convener.
  • Maintain active, and up to date knowledge of the fisheries sector, ensuring that Board members are fully informed of important facts, issues or any changes to current legislation or methodology by related organisations.
  • Establish good working relationships within the Fishery Board network, Forth Rivers Trust, Government agencies, community groups and other organisations.
  • Represent and promote the Board’s strategic objectives and formal opinion to the general public.
Staff Management
  • Line Management of the Board Superintendent, Operations Manager, Fisheries Development Officer, and Seasonal/Voluntary staff as and when required.
  • Be responsible for the recruitment, employment and release of all personnel from the FDSFB, both paid staff and volunteers
  • Ensure that job descriptions are clearly defined, regular performance evaluations are held and that best practice HR guidelines are used.
  • Encourage and assist the personal development of full time, part time and voluntary staff defining attainable continuous personal development opportunities.
Budgeting and Finance
  • Oversee all operational budget decisions, liaising with the Convener and Board as necessary.
  • Work with the FDSFB board members in preparing an annual budget and ensure that the organisation operates within budget guidelines
  • Ensure that adequate funds are available to permit the organisation to carry out their work
  • Report yearly on income and expenditure

Skills and Background

  • You must have a keen interest in, and understanding of the pressures faced by migratory fish, particularly in the Forth district, and the legislation that protects them
  • You will have a proven track record in managing and delivering projects involving multiple organisations, preferably with experience of dealing with government, its agencies and environmental bodies
  • You must be an experienced and capable line manager, able to manage a small team remotely.
  • You must be an adept and flexible manager, able to cover wide-ranging tasks, both in and out of the office
  • You must be reasonably fit, as visits to remote sites in rough terrain will sometimes be essential
  • Your communications skills will be key in this role
  • You will be required to liaise closely with, in particular, the Forth Rivers Trust Director and their team in order to deliver the Board’s key strategies and objectives
Essential skills and experience:
  • Proven project management and delivery experience
  • Knowledge of the environmental sector
  • Experienced in budgeting and finance
  • Experienced in public relations and communication
  • Excellent people management skills including internal and external stakeholders
  • Demonstrable experience in report writing and review
  • Good working knowledge of Health & Safety and risk assessment laws and guidelines
  • Competency in Microsoft Office packages
  • A full driving licence
Desirable skills and experience:
  • Fisheries or land management experience
  • Experience of fisheries law in Scotland
  • A record of continual professional development


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