Senior Hydro-ecologist

Do you have proven experience leading river restoration schemes?

Are you passionate about improving the condition and state of our rivers and fish ecology?

Are you Hydro-ecologist or Fisheries Scientist with demonstrable experience in fish pass design and fisheries science?  Do you like working with people from different technical disciplines to solve problems?  Do you want to be part of a dynamic team and growing company?  Come and work for us.

We have an exciting opportunity for a Senior Hydro-ecologist to join our growing team.  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.

Working with our great clients our Hydro-ecology team have delivered a range of fish passage solutions including technical Larinier passes, low-cost easements and a range of eel passes. Our client list includes water companies, regulatory authorities (the Environment Agency, Natural Resources Wales, SEPA), Rivers Trusts, private developers and hydropower operators.

We are not constrained by any product or solution and so are able to offer innovative and pragmatic solutions, working in a collaborative, multi-disciplinary fashion.  Our team has a commitment to research and development having undertaken several internal R&D projects as well as supervising MSc and PhD student projects focussed on fish passage innovations.  This desire to innovate and improve feeds through all our work and benefits our clients.

Day to day responsibilities will include:

  • Leading fish pass design projects from inception to construction.
  • Leading WFD Assessments.
  • Leading and inputting to river restoration schemes.
  • 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.
  • Working with technicians and the wider design team to develop high quality design drawings.


This role is based at our office in Saltaire, West Yorkshire, BD18 3LF although we offer an inclusive approach to hybrid and flexible working.

Further information: 

For an informal discussion about the role contact Dave Mould on 01274 714269 or email

Reference: RNO21-25
Closing date: 14 March 2022
Location: Saltaire
Contact: Dave Mould 01274 714269

Qualifications and experience

We are looking for well organised, motivated, enthusiastic, flexible individuals who can work on their own or as part of a team.  You should have proven hydro-ecology experience and an interest in the environment with strong analytical/problem solving skills and be able to communicate effectively both in writing and verbally.  The role is suitable for individuals who wish to develop to take on additional responsibility as their career develops.

The right candidate will be: 

  • Organised and able to balance priorities.
  • Pragmatic thinker and solution finder.
  • A good communicator and mentor.
  • Self-starter, who manages own workload.
  • Excellent communicator

Core skills and experience to this post are:

  • Demonstrable experience in leading fish and eel pass design projects.
  • Chartered (or working towards Chartership).
  • Demonstrable experience working in multi-disciplinary teams.
  • A degree (or equivalent) in ecology, biology or any other suitable environmental science.
  • A full, clean driving licence to allow UK driving.
  • Experience using ArcMap/QGIS (or similar software).

It is desirable, but not essential, for the successful candidate to have the following skills/experience:

  • Experience building and using hydraulic models (including 1D and 2D modelling).
  • Experience project managing multi-disciplinary projects.
  • Experience using the NEC suite of contracts.

Where necessary, training and experience of the above can be gained and supported on the job.

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