Freshwater Pearl Mussel Technical Specialist - 10893

North East
Staff Grade 5
Full Time
Environment & Sustainability, Science
There is an exciting opportunity to join the Fisheries team, based at Kielder Salmon Centre in the North East Area. This is a key team, working hard to create a better place by protecting and enhancing our diverse habitats and wildlife.

As the Freshwater Pearl Mussel (FWPM) Specialist in the team, you will be responsible for developing a captive breeding facility for the Tyne and Rede FWPM at the Kielder Salmon Centre.

You will deliver a programme of research into improving captive breeding techniques and reintroduction techniques for juvenile mussels that have been captive bred and monitoring their survival.

You will also be responsible for researching the reason for the species decline and designing a catchment plan that will address the mitigation measures and river restorations needed to improve the Water Framework Directive (WFD) status of the water bodies.

This role will involve close partnership working with multiple local, national and international partners, as well as with Environment Agency colleagues.
You will join an experienced and supportive team of officers who integrate fisheries, biodiversity and geomorphology expertise to deliver functional, corporate and statutory duties. You will be working in a diverse part of the country primarily rural locations and some quite isolated areas.
We are seeking a Freshwater Pearl Mussel Specialist with extensive practical experience of FWPM and of working on large scale research projects, with proven ability in delivering conservation work.

You will have a degree in a biological related subject.

If you are interested in applying for this role, we strongly advise you to contact us for more detailed information about its principle accountabilities.
This role is based at the Kielder Salmon Centre, with regular visits to the Environment Agency’s office in Newcastle. It also involves travel across the country, and working in the field. Therefore a full driving licence is required.

All Environment Agency staff receive training to support our response to major incidents.

For further details please contact Richard Bond on 07799 343058 or by email

09/06/2019, 23:55 hours

Basic Check
Scientific Knowledge
Applies scientific knowledge to provide sound, science-based evidence to our internal and external customers.
Takes Decisions and Solves Problems
Finds and delivers optimal solutions by effectively analysing all the information, probing to develop alternatives and taking sound and timely decisions.
Communicates Effectively
Listens and questions to understand and engage. Conveys information and ideas clearly, accurately and persuasively through speech and writing.
Environmental Awareness
Appreciates the impact that activities have on the environment and identifies ways to protect and preserve the environment for the future [and limit negative environmental impact].
If you are applying from the Civil Service please note that the Environment Agency is not a part of HM Civil Service and you would not be a Crown Servant in the event of being appointed. Therefore, you will not be eligible for continuous service. For applicants who currently work in local government or other bodies listed in the Redundancy Payments (Continuity of Employment in Local Government etc) (Modification) Order 1999, you may be eligible for continuous service for the purpose of calculating any future redundancy payment. If you are unsure of your status then you should contact your own HR Team.

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