Marine Scotland

Vacancy: Trainee Fisheries Biologist, closing date 21 May 2019

May 7, 2019 by No Comments

We are currently seeking applications for a Trainee Fisheries Biologist within the Directorate for Marine Scotland based in Pitochry. 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.

This post is based at the Marine Scotland Science Freshwater Fisheries Laboratory near Pitlochry and will sit with the Freshwater Environment Group that contributes to the Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries Programme. The post holder will work closely with a small team of three staff to operate the Girnock and Baddoch fish traps on the River Dee. These long-term monitoring sites provide valuable data that underpin scientific support for the management of salmon in Scotland. The post holder will undertake fieldwork assisting in the collection of data to monitor salmon populations at these sites.

Prospective applicants should note that the role involves a large amount of outdoor work, often in challenging conditions and in remote locations. Elements of this role are physically demanding, e.g. cleaning and lifting of steel trap screens, and applicants will need to be able to repetitively lift a weight of 29 kilos to clear a minimum vertical distance of 1.0 metre. The ability to do so will be tested if you are successful in being invited to interview.

Qualifications Required:

For jobs in Band A, you must hold a minimum of 5 Standard Grades (grades 1 – 3) or Ordinary 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 to discuss.

Please note: If you fail to demonstrate how you meet the minimum qualifications as stated above, your application will be automatically sifted out.

Essential Criteria:

  1. Good interpersonal, networking and team working skills.
  2. Good IT skills and experience of IT packages such as Word and Excel.
  3. Ability and willingness to work outside, in varying weather conditions, at remote locations, while undertaking fieldwork duties.
  4. A strong interest in fish, fisheries or the natural environment.

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 Ross Glover who can be reached  or 0131 244 2238.

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