The latest Galloway Glens/Holywood Trust funded Intern at Galloway Fisheries Trust has completed their six-month role, with the great news that they have secured a subsequent position within the organisation.
Dan Pollard is the second intern employed by Galloway Fisheries Trust through an initiative funded jointly by the Galloway Glens Scheme and the Holywood Trust. Dan’s six month paid intern position has included work on a whole range of Galloway Fisheries Trust projects, including Electrofishing and the Black Water of Dee Habitat Restoration work.
Dan has used the position to undertake a number of training courses, varying from quad-bike operator to an introduction to erosion management, run by the River Restoration Centre.
Speaking about his intern position, Dan said:
“I would just like to say I have had the best time over the past six months, I have learned so much, got to work with some amazing people and have received lots of useful training, some of which, as you know, I have already been regularly putting into practice and I am sure I will continue to do so in the future. And, to anyone reading this that is considering applying for a future GFT internship, I highly recommend that you go for it. You will not regret it!”
While the Intern position has now come to an end, Galloway Fisheries Trust is delighted to announce that Dan will be staying on in a new role, as an Assistant Fisheries Biologist, for a further six-month contract.
Jamie Ribbens, Senior Fisheries Biologist at the Galloway Fisheries Trust, said:
“It has been a pleasure having Dan at GFT. I have enjoyed seeing him develop over the last 6 months, learning new skills, growing in confidence and completing some very good conservation work. He has fitted easily into our team and I am very pleased he has agreed to stay on to help deliver a programme of habitat works aimed at reducing climate change impacts. The original internship was supported by generous funding from The Holywood Trust and Galloway Glens Landscape Partnership for which we are very grateful.”
The Intern position was 50% funded by the Galloway Glens Scheme. Upon hearing that Dan had secured a follow-on position with Galloway Fisheries Trust, Jan Hogarth, Galloway Glens Education & Community Engagement officer, said:
“We are delighted that such a successful internship with Dan at Galloway Fisheries Trust has led to an interesting new role for Dan with the trust. Well done to Galloway Fisheries Trust for the support and training you have given to Dan. We are excited to continue developing internships with Galloway Fisheries Trust and wish Dan all the best of luck with his future career. All of our input into positions like this is only possible due to the support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and lottery players across the country.”
The Galloway Glens Scheme is an initiative of the Council’s Environment Team.