Job Opportunities

The Trust is a dynamic and aspirational organisation at the forefront of environmental thinking and practical conservation in the UK today

Working for the Trust will provide you with opportunities to develop and grow in a stimulating environment and we spend a lot of time and effort training our staff depending on their role and career aspirations.

We try to recruit locally where possible and we aim to recruit the best. We have a low staff turnover and usually have a waiting list of people who want to work for us. We believe that our most important asset is our people. Although we can’t always offer as high a salary as we might like, we try to offer other benefits including flexitime and the option to work from home when convenient.

If you would like to be considered for a post, please email your CV to us for our files. Vacancies are advertised here on our website, as well as in the local or national press as appropriate.


Current opportunities...

Annual Electro-fishing Intern Programme at

Westcountry Rivers Trust

Offer to students:

  • Up to 8 weeks of fieldwork over June/July/August/early September
  • We will agree a programme where you will be carrying out electrofishing or other related activities when you commence your placement
  • Formal qualification in Electrofishing
  • Travel expenses (we pay mileage)
  • 8 weeks of professionally relevant field experience
  • Opportunity to get to know and understand the work of a fisheries officer in the field in depth
  • A reference from WRT
  • An opportunity for a position on our ‘Electrofishing and Fisheries support staff’ list for future paid work.
  • Opportunity to take part in consultancy work experience in addition to Trust electro-fishing
  • Training in the following:
    • IFM (Institute of Fisheries Management) qualification in Electro fishing
    • Principles of electricity in water
    • Biology of fish (reaction and targeting)
    • Species and set up of equipment to target different fish species
    • Legislation related to fish handing
    • Obtaining permissions to remove a fish from a watercourse
    • Species identification
    • Electro-fishing methods
    • Equipment set up and maintenance
    • Health and Safety training for in-river working, Risk Assessments
    • First Aid training
    • Moving water safety and awareness training
    • Use of PPE (personal protective equipment)
    • Habitat identification
    • Formal examination and certification

Criteria required:

  • You must be over 18 and an ecology or fisheries student/graduate at a certified HE provider, e.g. University
  • You must be physically fit to undertake the work
  • You must be committed to carrying out the work in a voluntary intern position (demonstrated by CV covering letter and by interview)
  • You must be passionate about conservation
  • You must have access to your own transport, needed for areas without public transport, and be insured to use the vehicle for business use

Opportunities for students and HE providers:

  • Placement for fisheries, ecology and ecological management degree and MSc courses
  • Valuable electrofishing qualification achieved, and invaluable work experience
  • Advice and mentoring from an experienced fisheries scientist as to career development, and CV development
  • Certification in first aid and river safety awareness
  • Opportunities for other fisheries work such as fish rescues, in stream & riparian work, and fish monitoring methods may also be available to candidates

The closing date for applications is Friday, 31 March 2017, with interviews taking place on Thursday, 27 April 2017.  Successful candidates will also need to be available to attend a training course in Loughborough on Saturday/Sunday, 20/21 May 2017.

To apply :

Send a CV and personal statement to [email protected] at WRT by the 31 March 2017


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