Conservation Breeding Programmes Assistant


Ballinderry Rivers Trust (BRT) is an environmental charity (charity number NIC103694) dedicated to the conservation and protection of the Ballinderry River, the western-shore rivers and streams of Lough Neagh and Lough Neagh itself.

BRT focus is on engaging the local community in the protection of the area’s threatened freshwater species and habitats, improving water quality, and educating the public on the importance of a healthy freshwater environment for all.

About the job

Job Title: Conservation Breeding Programmes Assistant

Location: Cookstown, County Tyrone.

Reports to: Conservation & Biodiversity Manager

Salary Range: £19,141– £22,131 plus Pension and Life Assurance
Commensurate with skills and experience.

Contract: Full-time (37.5 hours per week)
Permanent (subject to 6-month probationary period)


This is a new and exciting role, supporting the Trust’s conservation breeding and reinforcement programme for the globally endangered freshwater pearl mussel.

Working as part of the Conservation and Biodiversity team, the successful candidate will support the Conservation Breeding Programmes Officer, at our Conservation Breeding Centre at Orritor, in all aspects of aquaculture husbandry to support the captive breeding of freshwater pearl mussel and white-clawed crayfish, as well as brown trout as part of the mussel breeding programme.

You will also assist in the release of freshwater pearl mussel to the wild, and the monitoring of population status and health in the Ballinderry River and other rivers across Northern Ireland.

You will also have the opportunity to work across other aspects of the Trust’s work, including assisting with species and habitat surveys, engaging with landowners and other partners, and playing a role in the delivery of the Trust’s education and outreach activities.
This is a junior role with a view to career progression within the organisation and training will be provided on the job, however some experience and knowledge is required (see Personal Specification below).

This is an opportunity to be at the heart of a growing, dynamic, and enthusiastic team and your role will be essential to the growth and development of the Trust to make a real difference to the environment.


Download the full Job Description which details the key duties and responsibilities and the person specification for this role.
Please send a completed Application Form to

CVs and cover letters will not be accepted.

Closing Date Interview Date
Wednesday 7th December 2022 at 4:00pm 17th December 2022