Aquatic Ecologist / Senior Ecologist

We are looking to recruit an Aquatic Ecologist / Senior Aquatic Ecologist to carry out field work, macroinvertebrate laboratory analysis and reporting. For the right candidate there will be opportunities for business development and contract management. We carry out pre-and post aquatic monitoring for many of our restoration schemes, as well as providing data collection and consultancy services for a range of clients across the UK.

Who we’re looking for

  • Experienced Aquatic Ecologist/ Senior Aquatic Ecologist • Supporting the technical delivery of aquatic ecology projects to the required best practice
  • Managing multiple projects, all to a high standard and within budget
  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • Compile risk assessments and method statements • Management of client interface and public perception in a professional manner


  • Ability to interact professionally with clients and stakeholders
  • BSc in Ecology, Biology, Zoology or a related Environmental / Biological discipline
  • An in-depth knowledge of aquatic ecology, legislation, and survey techniques
  • Experience in conducting surveys and species identification (e.g. macrophytes, fisheries and macroinvertebrates)
  • High level of competence in macroinvertebrate analysis to TL5 species level
  • High level of competence in identification of aquatic macrophytes, ideally with a recognised accreditation
  • Data analysis and use of standard indices (Including RIVPACS/ RICT & LEAFPACS2)
  • Good IT skills (e.g. Microsoft, Excel)
  • Must be comfortable working in or around water
  • Aware of health and safety hazards and responsibilities in aquatic fieldwork
  • Reporting
  • CIEEM membership
  • A full clean UK driving licence

Desirable skills

  • Valid First Aid certificate
  • Fisheries experience
  • Experience of Water Quality sampling and reporting
  • RHS Accreditation
  • Valid CSCS card or equivalent

The package

The position has a starting salary of £23,000 – £32,000 dependent on experience, which will be reviewed on an annual basis. You will receive 20 days holiday, plus public bank holidays, with an additional day of leave accrued per year of service. The role will require periods of working away from home, for which you will receive a staying away allowance. You will have an annual training budget of £500, exclusive of any initial training agreed. For the right candidate, there will be career progression depending on aspirations and suitability.

Please submit your CV and covering letter to




Five Rivers Are Recruiting!

We are looking for motivated people who would like to work on river restoration and conservation projects within our Operations Team. If you want to work outdoors on conservation projects and enhancing habitats, please apply via the links below:

We also have openings for:

Please send a CV and covering letter to

Christmas and New Year Closure

Merry Christmas from the team at Five Rivers!

Five Rivers are closing for a two week period over Christmas, and we’ll be back raring to go on the 3rd January.  If you need to get in touch please leave a message and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

Water Meadow Restoration

Watermeadow Restoration

We are delighted to be working on the restoration of the Lower Woodford Watermeadows SSSI*, a system of floated water meadows that were thought to have been constructed in 1660.  Under this Higher Level Stewardship scheme we are restoring the bedwork in three fields as well as creating a number of wetland features.

This is just one of the River and Wetland services we offer, get in touch for more details.

*Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)

Chalk Stream Restoration Film – River Bourne Salisbury

This is a short film showcasing a river restoration project in Southern England completed by Five Rivers Environmental Contracting in 2013. Fish passage was greatly improved and some great habitat created. We went back to see how the site in 2016 and found thriving fish populations and diverse macroinvertebrate fauna.  Take a look at our River and Wetland and Environmental Monitoring services as well as our extensive back catalogue of case studies.


Water Vole Survey

Water Vole Survey


We were out on the River Avon in Salisbury this week undertaking Water Vole surveys as part of a green bank protection project for a private riparian landowner.  If you haven’t seen the revised guidance on Water Vole Mitigation it can be purchased on the Mammal Society Website.


Water Vole Feeding Signs