We are Hiring – Forth Fisheries Development Officer

Support local anglers and fishery managers and create more opportunities for fishing on the Forth rivers.

The Forth Fisheries Development Officer is key to the development of fishing across the Central Belt (Forth Valley, the Lothians and Fife).  Working with existing tenants to support them to provide fishing opportunities and develop their fisheries as well as creating new fisheries to support anglers and provide more opportunities.

The Forth District Salmon Fishery Board is at the heart of fisheries management and the successful candidate will work within a team of experienced ecologists, river restoration officers, community specialists and enforcement fishery officers to deliver a new phase in fisheries management across the area.  This opportunity has come about due to the innovative agreement between the Forth DSFB and the Crown Estates Scotland in respect of the management of the CES fishings.

Key to the success of this is a passion for working with local fishery managers, landowners and other stakeholders to ensure that the existing management including lease structures and associated admin is more streamlined and efficient reducing admin burden.  The development of new opportunities with local communities and landowners, working with CES staff on legalities, negotiating new leases or supporting permitting via the Fishing Around the Forth hub.

This is a unique opportunity to be at the forefront of fisheries management and see real change in the way the fisheries are managed and developed.

We are looking for someone who has the commitment and drive to take this pilot project forward, within the support structure of a dynamic team.

A new post has been created working for the Forth District Salmon Fishery Board (Forth DSFB). The post will initially be a fixed term appointment until end August2022. 


The Role

We are seeking a motivated individual with rural land/fisheries management/portfolio development experience with a passion for rivers, fishing and local communities.

As the Forth Fisheries Development Officer you will manage all aspects of the pilot project Agreement with CES including admin duties (collection of rents, annual reporting, and client liaison) as well as project management, reporting, communications and monitoring & evaluation.  You       will also deliver development of business plans and practical advice in relation to Scottish Crown Estate salmon fishing rights in the district, working with tenants and other stakeholders including to:

  • Develop, build and maintain client, tenant and stakeholder relationships;
  • Produce high quality reporting and management systems;
  • Manage budgets and produce forecasts;
  • Develop business plans for both the overall management and individual fisheries; and
  • Work within a highly motivated team finding sustainable solutions to often complex problems.

Essential Skills & Experience

  • Relevant experience or qualifications in land or fisheries management or other asset management.
  • Knowledge of leasing agreements, environmental legislation and licensing requirements
  • Experience of working in a multi stakeholder environment
  • Experience of providing funding advice is desirable
  • Full clean driving licence
  • GIS experience (training can be provided)
  • Basic Disclosure certificate (will be required by the successful applicant.

Personal Qualities

We are looking for an enthusiastic and confident individual with good interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to fit into our friendly, lively and ambitious team.

Your normal hours of work are 40 hours per week over 5 days.  Office hours are 09.00 am to 17:30 pm, however the nature of the work of this organisation will require you to work flexibly, to work outdoors, outside regular office hours or away from your home office when reasonably required.

Salary & Benefits

Offering £24,000.00 (plus contributory pension and other benefits, including Personalised Training Personal Development Plans).  The Forth DSFB is committed to assisting the professional and personal development of our team.

The role will be hosted by the Forth Rivers Trust and would be based at the Forth Rivers Trust’s office at Lothianburn just off the Edinburgh bypass, however will also take the successful applicant throughout the area covered by Forth river catchments.  The successful applicant will be seconded to the Forth DSFB to deliver the agreement between the ForthDSFB and CES. Home working will be supported during the COVID-19 restrictions and flexibility for this to continue throughout the contract may be available, however the DSFB believe the team environment of the Trust staff to support this post as a key element of remaining connected and wish to promote this by enabling office space within the Trust office.

Applications should be made via email clerk@forthdsfb.org with CV and covering letter by the end of 8th April. when sending your cv and covering letter, please make sure to put your name in the document title too. 

Interviews will take place week commencing 12th April

If you would like further information regarding this opportunity or have any questions feel free to contact the Clerk to the Board, Alison Baker either by email clerk@forthdsfb.org or on 0131 378 7174


No agencies please.

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