Set in the North West of Scotland, the area covered by the West Sutherland Fisheries Trust is comprised predominantly of rock and water - giving a pristine environment and outstanding wild salmonid fishing. The West Sutherland Fisheries Trust (WSFT) is a registered charity (SC24426) established in 1996 to maintain and restore native fish populations. The Trust area extends from the Hope in the north to the Garvie in the south and covers all catchments flowing west. The very distinct landscape is made up of some of the oldest rocks in the world and is famous for its geology. At present the environment is relatively unspoilt with few non native invasive species.




West Sutherland Fisheries Trust has a vacancy for a 6 month seasonal assistant. This role will cover the wide range of activities that WSFT will undertake during this time. Starting in April the successful candidate will assist with smolt trapping and estuarine sweep netting. They will also assist with the delivery of other projects that may arise. From July they will assist with the electrofishing programme, which for the past two years has included Marine Scotland’s “National Electrofishing Programme for Scotland” (NEPS). The assistant will also be required to help with the delivery of our role in the Scottish Invasive Species Initiative, including monitoring mink rafts, pulling Himalayan Balsam and treating Japanese Knotweed.


This role is based in Scourie. It would either suit someone with an interest in and some experience (either volunteering or employment) of the aquatic environment who wishes to progress further and develop their skills, or a recent graduate looking to gain some experience in the fisheries sector. This is a 6-month fixed term, 40 hours per week with competitive salary Accommodation is provided. Weekend working will occasionally be required.




·         Ability to work as a team

·         Willingness to undertake training courses, such as the SFCC introduction to electrofishing


·         Outdoor work may be physically demanding, so the candidate needs to be relatively fit


·         A valid UK driving licence




·         Experience of working or volunteering within the fisheries or conservation sector


·         Further education in fisheries or conservation, bachelors or masters level


·         An understanding of the structures of Fishery Boards and Trusts and how they operate


The deadline for applications is 21 February 2020 with interviews to be held the week beginning 2 March. To apply please send a CV and covering letter, explaining why this position appeals to you and your suitability, to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Latest News

  • The report is now available from the Assynt & Coigach Lochan Audit, completed with funding assistance from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Nature Scotland via the Coigach & Assynt Living Landscape Project. The report can be accessed here.
  • Reports from the 2019 Electrofishing and Sweep Net surveys are now available here.
  • The reports from the loch audit work in Coigach & Assynt; the Laxford tracking project from SCENE and the National Electrofishng Porgramme from marine Scotland will be available shortly. Watch this space.
  • Exciting new projecr proposed - watch this space for details as they become available! 
  • Wellies & Wildlife, now available from the Trust office and a number of local outlets @ £3


How can you help?

Have you seen mink in the area? If you do, please let us know where and when.

We are finding increasing amounts of invasive species within our area, if you know of any, be it in your garden or in the wild, please let us know! We are involved in a project to eradicate them before they takes further hold and spreads on to watercourses. 

Mr Clive Halnan has painted 'Gorm Track to Ben Stack'. Available as a print or a card from the Trust or Clive Halnan (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), a donation from each sale will go to the Trust.

Help us raise money while you shop. We are now registered with Easyfundraising. Visit www.easyfundraising.org.uk/.. to register, log in and shop! We get a percentage of your shop value but it doesn’t cost you any more. Please support us.


WSFT is now registered with the Paypal Giving Fund adding us to the eBay charities list. Please look for us when buying and selling on eBay or add us as your favourite charity as every little helps !



We will have a number of volunteering opportunities coming up over the summer. If you would like to join us then please get in touch. There are opportunities for netting, Invasive Non-native Species control, electrofishing and more.


Fancy joining us at the sweep netting? Then get in touch or just come along. More details on the next netting to follow nearer the time


All are weather dependent so give us a call or keep an eye on the Website


Dates for the Diary

The Trust organises and participates in a number of outreach events to raise awareness of its work in the local area and promote interest in the freshwater environment. While the events for 2019 are now finished, we will be particpating in a number of events in 2020. More details here nearer the time.




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Awards for All is a grant giving partnership between the Big Lottery Fund Scotland, Sport Scotland, and Creative Scotland. WSFT has received a grant for £3638, which will help towards our upcoming work at public outreach events.







Email : wsft@btconnect.com    Tel : 01971 502259 
Postal Address : WSFT , Gardeners Cottage, Scourie,By Lairg. Sutherland,IV27 4SX.
Charity number : SC024426  Useful Links
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