Vacancy: Fisheries Policy Officer

Job title: Fisheries Policy Officer

Reporting to: Head of Science & Policy/Deputy CEO

Location: Work from home, with travel to meetings as required

Contract: 18 month contract, starting 4th January 2022

Salary: £26-30k pa, depending on experience

Deadline for applications: 5th November 2021

To apply: send a covering letter and CV to

The role:

We are looking for an individual passionate about achieving healthy wild fish populations and aquatic habitats to join our team. The role as Fisheries Policy Officer, is part of the Salmonid Management Round the Channel (SAMARCH) project and will focus using the scientific outputs of the project to help devise policy recommendations to improve salmonid management in estuarine and coastal waters.

The role will include:

  • Determining the current protection afforded to salmon and sea trout in estuaries and marine waters from a variety of marine stressors.
  • Analysing and interpreting scientific data to formulate policy recommendations with partners of the SAMARCH project
  • Working closely with the Environment Agency and developing relationships with external stakeholders, such as Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authorities (IFCAS), and the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS) to increase awareness of the project and its recommendations
  • Attending relevant policy meetings, responding to relevant consultations etc.

Important qualities

  • Experience of synthesising scientific data and translating them into impactful policy focused communications.
  • A confident communicator, with excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Prepared to take the initiative and manage your own workload.
  • At least degree qualified in a relevant discipline


SAMARCH project aims to use the information developed by the project and consult with key stakeholders to develop new policies and guidelines for informing new policies for the better management of salmonid stocks in our coastal and transitional waters. This will be achieved by

  • Providing novel information on the survival and migration of young salmon and sea trout in four estuaries of the Channel area
  • Providing novel information on the movements and swimming depths of adult sea trout in the Channel
  • Creating a genetic data base for trout on both sides of the Channel
  • Creating a map of areas that are important for sea trout in the Channel based on sea scape
  • Providing new information to further improve the models used in England and France to manage their salmonid stocks
  • Training students in the management of coastal and transitional waters

What it’s like to work for Salmon & Trout Conservation

We are the UK’s only independent charity campaigning for wild fish and their environment. We take no government money, so are uncompromised in our goal to achieve UK waters that support abundant and sustainable populations of wild fish and all other water-dependent wildlife.

We aim to inspire, inform, involve and influence everyone who can take action to safeguard our water environments. We use the output from projects such as SAMARCH to provide the evidence for this work. Protecting and standing up for life under the surface is a cause worth fighting for, both for current and future generations.

You will be a member of a small, highly motivated team driven to really make a difference for our water environments and wild fish populations.

How to apply

Deadline for applications: Friday 5th November

Interviews will be held via zoom in November.

Please send a covering letter explaining why you would be good for the role and your cv to

No Agencies please.