Job Opportunity: Wild Trout Trust Assistant Conservation Officer

Salary £15,000 + pension contribution, mileage expenses and holiday entitlement of 5 weeks/​year; initial fixed-term, 12-month contract.

The Wild Trout Trust (WTT) is a registered charity dedicated to the practical conservation of the iconic brown trout, a living indicator of the health of the landscape around us. Find out more of what we do on this website www​.wildtrout​.org.

WTT works with anyone interested in the conservation of wild trout, rivers and their wildlife, including other NGOs, fishing clubs, farmers, riparian owners, community groups, academia and government agencies.

If you want to work in and learn about practical, hands-on river and wildlife conservation, especially for trout, this is your job: a brilliant opportunity for a graduate to join WTT as an Assistant Conservation Officer, working with our expert team. 


You will need to be a graduate of an appropriate discipline (e.g. biology, conservation, ecology, fisheries management), a self-starter mad keen to learn more about river and wildlife conservation, with some experience of the world of work, ideally in the conservation sector; you need to share our ethos and values. You must live in, or be willing to move into, Hampshire or Wiltshire to be close to your key contacts within WTT. You will also need to demonstrate practical aptitude for physical work in the river, excellent organisational and communication skills (oral and written), be strongly IT literate and demonstrate that you get on well with people. You will start on an initial fixed-term, 12-month contract, with a 3‑month probationary period. 

Your role will be to assist (and learn from) our southern Conservation Officers, helping them with advisory visits to fishing clubs and landowners, subsequent report write-ups, practical projects to improve river habitat (including preparing permit applications), maintenance of WTT’s equipment and creating news items for our website and social media outlets. We’ll agree a professional development package with you, including, for example, training in chainsaws and First Aid.

What to do next?

Click here for the application form, equal opportunities policy and questionnaire and a detailed job description for this role.

Applicants should send an electronic copy of the completed application form, a copy of the Equal Opportunities Questionnaire and a short (one page) covering letter to WTT Director, Shaun Leonard, by email, to office@​wildtrout.​org. Please mark the subject line of your email with ACO Job Application”.

Applications should reach us by 5pm on Thursday 29 June 2017. Interviews will be held on 18 July 2017, at a location in Hampshire or Wiltshire.