Marine Science Officer

Reports to: Senior Marine Science Officer
Location: Based in Kings Lynn (expected to work across the District with potential for some hybrid working)
Salary: Grade 6 £32,352
Hours: 37hrs
Role type: Permanent
Closing Date: 1st June 2022

Eastern IFCA is one of the largest of the 10 Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authorities, responsible for the coastline of Lincolnshire, Norfolk and Suffolk out to six nautical miles at sea. One of its’ primary functions is to carry out research and provide scientific advice to inform decision making and management of inshore fisheries.

This position provides an exciting opportunity to be an integral part of the Marine Science Team within a progressive organisation at the forefront of fisheries and conservation management in the UK.

Working as part of a small team, the successful candidate will lead in the development of sustainable inshore fisheries and a protected marine environment within the Authority’s district by providing appropriate expert environmental advice, informed by relevant research and data analysis to produce credible scientific evidence in support of management decisions and actions.

You will be able to problem solve and manage complex projects, be organised and able to prioritise your working day. The role will also quality assure work in support of the Senior Marine Science Officers. You will be part of the visible face of the Authority and should be capable of promoting the reputation and values of Eastern IFCA.

The ideal candidate should be:

  • Educated to degree level, in a marine science or coastal management discipline.
  • Enthusiastic and highly motivated.
  • Demonstrate excellent interpersonal and organisational skills.
  • Good working knowledge of Microsoft Office, Outlook and statistical packages.
  • Strong numeracy skills including experience of detailed statistical analysis using appropriate packages such as R stats.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal including report writing.
  • Ability to analyse scientific data and reports.
  • An understanding of marine protected areas (MPAs).
  • Experience of MapInfo G.I.S program.
  • Hands on approach to work and ability to make an effective contribution across disciplines in a small team environment.

The position is physically demanding so candidates should have a good level of fitness. You will be required to act as crew on the Authority vessels. Training will be provided where necessary to carry out these duties.

The role will involve working some unsocial hours including early mornings, late evenings, overnight and some weekend as required. A salary supplement of 7.5% (included in the salary quoted above) is payable in recompense for this.

If successful, you will be required to undergo a Baseline Personnel Security Standard check and seafarers medical (ENG1 or ML5).

For further information and to apply for this role please visit our website at www.eastern-ifca.gov.uk and complete and return the application form to jodihammond@eastern-ifca.gov.uk

For an informal discussion regarding the role please contact Judith Stoutt or Ron Jessop on 01553 775321

EIFCA is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, or marital status.

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