Riverfly Surveyor

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Are you interested in and enthusiastic about looking after the River Esk? The ‘Riverfly on the Esk’ group surveys riverflies to determine how clean the river water is and identifies if a pollution event is occurring.

Are you interested in helping clean up the River Esk? Riverfly surveys are a way of monitoring water quality by looking at the different types and number of insects in the river environment. If you are enthusiastic about the environment and free to join us at monthly sessions, this is the opportunity for you. At these sessions, you will help carry out a riverfly survey to monitor water quality of the River Esk, where you will be outdoors for a few hours in both dry and wet weather. The survey involves putting on waders and life jacket, entering the river and doing a kick-sample (disturbing the river sediment and collecting the insects in a net), reviewing the collected sample and determining water quality based on the number and diversity of riverflies. Proper training will be provided before you are asked to take part in a survey with another volunteer surveyor. You will be working alongside other volunteers and enjoy being part of a team. Everyone is welcome, although under 18s will need to be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Organisation aims and objectives

Vision: Scotland’s Life-Changing College Mission: To be a national residential learning community, promoting lifelong learning, raising aspiration, celebrating our diverse cultural heritage and supporting learners in transition. Values: In the delivery of our mission we will: – promote quality – empower individuals – work collaboratively – act with integrity and mutual respect – offer transformative lifelong learning – promote equality and diversity – encourage and support innovation










4 hours per month for 6 months Surveys are usually on the weekend but with new survey sites being set up, we may be able to arrange surveys on weekdays following training.


Under 18s must be accompanied by responsible adult at all times
Experience required: No experience necessary but must be physically active and work well as part of a team.
Travel details: X95 goes past the front of college. Nearest train station is Eskbank.
Minimum age: 12


Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: Travel expenses paid
Training details: A requirement of the Riverfly Partnership is that all volunteers are officially trained by a qualified instructor before they go out surveying. New volunteers will go on this training and then be allocated a survey site with at least one other volunteer. If this survey site is in Newbattle Abbey College grounds, the volunteers will need to complete an application and basic disclosure with the ranger. If the survey site is outside college grounds, this application is not necessary.
Support: Named Contact For Volunteer

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