Marine Scotland

Vacancy – Fisheries Observer (closing date 21st November 2017)

November 8, 2017 by No Comments

We are currently seeking applications for a Fisheries Observer within the Stock and Fishery Science Group of Marine Scotland Science based in Aberdeen. This is a permanent and pensionable appointment and new entrants will normally start on the minimum of the pay range. Candidates with a disability who meet the essential criteria below will be invited to the assessments.

The post holder will support scientific advice for fish stocks important to Scotland by collecting fisheries data and participating in laboratory based scientific activities such as Otolith reading for age determination.  Applicants must be capable of and willing to: work at sea on board commercial fishing and research vessels; travel to remote locations in Scotland; and on occasions work unsociable hours. The post involves significant travel therefore a drivers license would be beneficial.

Qualifications Required
For jobs in Bands A, you must hold a minimum of 5 Standard Grades (grades 1-3) or Ordinary Grades (grades A-C) including English and a numerical subject. Other qualifications equivalent to these may also be acceptable, if you are in any doubt please contact the Resourcing Officer named at the end of this advert to discuss.

Essential Criteria
1. Good organisational skills, ability to plan and prioritise work and use your own initiative.
2. To be a confident communicator with good verbal and written communication skills.
3. An ability to apply basic numerical and computer skills (including familiarity with Microsoft Word and Excel or similar).
4. Experience of working on sea going commercial or research vessels.
5. Experience of collecting and accurately recording data. For example, this could be data collected through surveys, fieldwork or experiments, or could be social or financial data, stock taking, etc.

For further information on this vacancy please download and review the “Person Specification and Further Information for Job Applicants” which you will find below. To apply, you must fully complete and submit an online application via this website before the closing date. To learn more about this opportunity, please contact Nabeil Salama  who can be reached at or 0131 244 3205.

If you experience any difficulties accessing our website or completing the online application form, please contact the resourcing team on 0131 244 9875 or via

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