ANGLER'S MAIL brings you our latest Job of the Week, as part our efforts to share vacancy details with any of you Mail readers who are keen to work within angling.


A permanent full-time job as a fisheries & angling officer with the River & Canal Trust is our latest angling Job of the Week here on the Angler’s Mail website.

It’s 37 hours with flexible working including weekends/evenings and has an advertised salary of £27,000 to £30,000, plus car cash allowance.

Be quick if you’re interested in this isheries & angling officer opportunity after reading the full spec below – interviews are likely to start from March 6. Contact details for enquiries, and link to apply (via the River & Canal Trust website) are at the bottom of this article.

The job holder will be responsible for the day to day fisheries and angling management in their delegated geographical area.

He or she will action the Trust’s national and local fisheries and angling action plans at regional and waterway level.

The post holder is responsible for growth in income and profitability, angling participation, enhancing the reputation of the Trust with clubs and individual anglers and the provision of technical, expert fisheries management advice to local teams.

He or she will promote the fisheries and angling work undertaken by the Trust at local and regional level.


Main job responsibilities

  • Contribute to the development and subsequent implementation of local fisheries and angling action plans to protect, maintain, and where appropriate, enhance the condition of the Trust fisheries assets and their performance both for the customer and for the wider ecosystem services value that the Trusts fisheries provide.
  • To undertake the negotiation of commercially beneficial financial agreements with customer angling clubs and thereafter client manage day to day relationships with the customer club representatives.
  • To provide professional fisheries and angling expertise and advice to colleagues on:
    • The fisheries component of the Trusts Environmental Management System including validation.
    • Planning applications
    • Operational works programmes and how they may impact on fisheries asset
  • Responsibility for ensuring that the database for registration of fisheries assets at regional level are maintained consistently in accordance with industry standards and are available to meet the Trusts’ legal obligations.
  • To undertake the day to day management of the Trust’s commercial fisheries located with their delegated geographical area in order to grow angling income and levels of customer satisfaction.
  • Growing fisheries and angling volunteering and participation opportunities locally including the day to day liaison with volunteers including bailiffs on our waterway wanderer’s fisheries, community groups and internal teams as appropriate.
  • Contribute towards the national fisheries & angling teams’ annual business plan and input into relevant waterway plans.
  • Represent the fisheries and angling team and where appropriate the whole Trust at Waterway Forums, Partnership Boards, Trust and third party open days, Trust lead angling competitions, Angling Trust regional fisheries forums, catchment based fisheries consultatives, county angling action groups, water framework directive stakeholder groups and other relevant meetings and events.
  • Promote and celebrate fisheries & angling locally using social media, press and other media where appropriate and act as a local spokesperson for the Trust as appropriate.
  • Undertake day to day liaison with the fisheries management framework term contractor in order to maximise efficiency and outputs. In the event of an emergency where fish are in distress or at risk from pollution lead the management of measures to ensure their safety.


Qualifications required for his job


  • Degree or equivalent in relevant discipline;
  • Extensive practical experience of fisheries & angling management;
  • Experience of operating within a customer service environment;
  • Able to negotiate effectively with internal and external contacts;
  • Proficient in the use of IT and business software applications e.g. MS Office; experience with GIS or mapping systems; proficient in use of appropriate functions within SAP, database management.
  • Valid driving licence;
  • Outstanding customer care skills and ability to handle difficult conversations.


  • Post-graduate qualification in fisheries related discipline;
  • Full member of relevant professional institution e.g RSB, IFM, CIWEM;
  • Extensive knowledge of, and practical experience of operating within, UK & European fisheries policy and regulatory frameworks;
  • Experience in cross-functional working, delivering performance across range of functions;
  • Able to review conflicting (and cross-functional) risks making appropriate judgements to establish and communicate appropriate order;
  • Good understanding of Health and Safety requirements;
  • Understanding of CRT governance, financial controls and systems of compliance;
  • Knowledge of salmonid and eel fish passage and other migratory fish biology;
  • Experience of fisheries & angling related community engagement e.g. junior angling development, participation and coaching;
  • Experience of leading or contributing to fundraising and bid writing;
  • Active participation in canal angling including experience and knowledge of competitive angling on the canal network;
  • Management of commercial stillwater fisheries;
  • Management and control of predators likely to impact on sustainable fisheries;
  • Fish health and parasitology;
  • Management of invasive non-native species and biosecurity;
  • Fish habitat improvement techniques;
  • Valuation of fishing rights and negotiation of commercial agreements.

For further enquiries call John Ellis on 01908 302533. Visit the CRT website for more, including the main form to apply for this job.


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