Canal & River Trust

Fisheries & Angling Technical Specialist

Job Locations UK-Rosegrove | UK-Ellesmere Port | UK-Merseyside-Liverpool | UK-Manchester | UK | UK-Leeds
Job ID
Closing Date
Position Type
Permanent FT
Advertised Salary
c.£34,500 inclusive of allowances

Job Purpose


We are the charity who look after and bring to life 2,000 miles of waterways across England and Wales, because we believe that life is better by water. Every role across the Trust plays it's part in transforming our canals and rivers into spaces where local people want to spend time and feel better, bringing wellbeing benefits to millions.


We have a fantastic opportunity for a Fisheries & Angling Technical Specialist to join our team, covering both the North West & North East


The National Fisheries & Angling team provide expert technical expertise on all fisheries management matters, including overall responsibility for the technical management of the Trusts fisheries management framework term contract. This includes safeguarding the Trust’s responsibilities in relation to Fisheries and Environmental Law. The Fisheries & Angling Technical Specialist is responsible for day to day fisheries and angling management in their designated areas of responsibility, including local 'Let's Fish' initiatives ( 


Location and coverage


The role will be based working from home, with the allocation of a nearby Hub for collaborative working in the North West or East. 


This is a regional role and there will be an expectation that the successful candidate will be able travel to attend meetings or fieldwork throughout the regional waterway networks - a large concentration being in the North West. 


The working arrangement would typically see weekly visits (av. 3 days a week) to sites.  


See our network here (


Most relevant regional hubs include: Leeds, Liverpool & Manchester.  


Knowledge, Skills/Qualifications & Experience

Key Accountabilities: 

  • Contribute to the development and subsequent implementation of national and local fisheries and angling strategies and 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 financial terms and legal agreements with customer angling clubs and thereafter client manage day to day relationships with the customer club representatives including the health and wellbeing opportunities associated with the Trust's Lets Fish angling participation work.
  • To provide professional fisheries management input into the fisheries and angling component of the Trusts Environmental Management System.
  • Responsibility for ensuring that data/information/registration of fisheries assets at regional level are maintained consistently in accordance with industry standards and are available to meet the Trust’s needs.
  • To undertake the day to day management of the Trust’s commercial fisheries located with the delegated geographical area to optimise angling income, customer satisfaction and health, wellbeing and user to supporter journey opportunities.
  • Contribute towards the national fisheries & angling team’s annual business plan and regional business plans. Support out 'Let's fish' programme (
  • Growing fisheries and angling volunteering regionally.
  • Ensuring that diversity and inclusion are integrated into all aspects of Trust life and promoting inclusion by challenging behaviour, practices, actions, or decisions that are counter to the objectives of the Trust’s policies and values.


About you:

  • Degree or equivalent experience in relevant discipline.
  • Post-graduate qualification and experience in fisheries related discipline desirable.
  • Full member of relevant professional institution eg RSB, IFM, CIWEM desirable.
  • Extensive practical experience of fisheries & angling management.
  • Good knowledge of, and practical experience of operating within, UK & European fisheries policy and regulatory frameworks.
  • A minimum of level one qualification in angling coaching desirable with the ability to quickly gain a level 2 qualification. Should the successful applicant not hold this qualification, there would be an expectation to gain this qualification within a reasonable time frame.
  • Canal fishing knowledge to club match level is desirable.
  • Experience in cross-functional working, delivering performance across range of functions.
  • Experience of operating within a customer service environment.
  • Able to review conflicting (and cross-functional) risks making appropriate judgements to establish and communicate appropriate order.
  • Able to negotiate effectively with internal and external contacts.
  • Able to support other areas of Trust business in an appropriate manner, taking account of overall business priorities and negotiating resources as appropriate.
  • 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.
  • Valid driving licence – driving is integral to the role.
  • Good understanding of Trust Health and Safety requirements.
  • Understanding of Trust governance, financial controls and systems of compliance.
  • Knowledge of Quality Management techniques.
  • Knowledge and operating experience of social media platforms.




We are currently conducting our interview processes virtually as we continue to respect and follow necessary social distancing guidance to protect our team and our candidates. You may be invited to a face to face further stage interview which will always be conducted following strict social distancing guidelines. 


To Apply:  click on the "Apply for this job" button and follow the process - complete the application form & upload current CV.


If you have any questions about the role please contact 

What We Offer

At the Trust we care passionately for our waterways, and as importantly, for those who look after and use them. We strongly believe that a diverse workforce brings with it a diversity of ideas, thinking and ways of working which enhances what we do as a Trust.


In addition to your annual salary of £30,000, we offer a Car Cash Allowance (£4,680), various additional benefits with a generous pension scheme. Further details can be found here ( 


We are striving to represent the diverse communities that we are a part of. All candidates will be treated on the basis of their merits, skills and abilities and solely by being assessed against the requirements for the job. 


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