Temporary Environmental & Scientific Officer

Minimum starting salary: £21,500 pro rata
Start date: July/August 2020
Contract: Fixed term until 31st March 2021
Location: Based in Blyth, Northumberland

Could you make a difference to the marine environment on the Northumberland Coast?

About the role
You will work within a small team of three carrying out the priorities and objectives of the environmental remit and the purpose of the job is to assist with the following:

  • Delivering of scientific and survey priorities and presenting advice to the Authority
  • Carrying out intertidal, estuarine and at sea survey and monitoring work
  • Carrying out survey and fisheries data analysis (GIS mapping and statistical analysis) and report writing
  • Supporting the delivery of Marine Protected Area work including impact assessments of fishing activity

Main tasks

  • Undertake required training to carry out all duties
  • Develop knowledge of UK fisheries governance, environmental legislation and conservation policy and management
  • Develop understanding of marine protected areas, in relation to fisheries
  • Liaise with the fishing industry
  • Represent the Authority at meetings and report to members at meetings (if and when required)
  • Assist in gathering evidence for, and carrying out, Impact Assessments of fishing activity in Marine Protected Areas
  • Carry out survey work, including stock assessment work, as directed by the research plan
  • Use software available (ArcGIS/R) to create charts/graphs to inform advice

Knowledge and Skills Required


  • BSc or MSc in a relevant subject
  • Good knowledge and understanding of UK fisheries/marine environment
  • Experience of marine/fisheries/environmental survey work
  • Data analysis
  • Experience of both report writing and oral presentation of work
  • IT skills in Microsoft Office and GIS mapping software
  • Full UK driving licence
  • ML5 medical certificate (or ability to pass one)


  • Experience of marine/fisheries/environmental management
  • Experience of conducting marine surveys
  • Experience working at sea
  • Knowledge and understanding of fisheries legislation, UK fisheries governance, byelaws
  • Experience using GIS mapping software and statistical software (R)
  • Ability to deal with varied range of stakeholders

All necessary training required to carry out the role will be provided.

The following terms apply to the post:
Hours of work: 37 hour per week with ‘flexitime’. This post involves working unsocial hours, including early mornings, late evenings and weekends as required by tides and surveys.

Medical: Appointment for both posts is dependent on passing an ML5 Medical

How to apply: Please complete an application form and e-mail nifca@nifca.gov.uk or alternatively post to:
Northumberland Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority (NIFCA),
8 Ennerdale Road,
NE24 4RT
Please note CVs will not be accepted.

Interviews will be held week commencing 29th June 2020.
The closing date for applications is midnight on Sunday, 14th June 2020

Given the current restrictions in place, the application and interview procedure will be subject to strict social distancing guidelines and will be carried out over video conferencing where possible. Full details of the interview process will be sent to shortlisted candidates.

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