Marine Scotland

Vacancy: Assistant Fisheries Biologist, closing date 27 November

November 17, 2020 by No Comments | Category Marine Scotland Science, Vacancies

We are currently seeking applications for an Assistant Fisheries Biologist within Marine Scotland based in Pitlochry. 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 30 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.

Important Information Regarding Interviews

In recognition of the Scottish Government’s ongoing measures and guidance in its response to Covid-19 (Coronavirus), we would like to advise applicants that interviews will conducted in a virtual/remote setting. If you are short-listed at interview you will subsequently be invited to the Freshwater Fisheries Laboratory to undertake the practical test (see details below).

In order to facilitate this new way of working, we are asking all applicants to ensure that they have a suitable space to complete the virtual interview, as well as a personal device which has ability to video conference (e.g. Skype / MS Teams) and allow data to be entered and stored in a spreadsheet format compatible with Microsoft Excel, by which you can undertake the interview/assessment if selected.

We are also asking you to ensure that your personal Wi-Fi/Broadband capacity will be sufficient to carry both audio and video feeds to undertake the interview. This will then ensure that  no issues are incurred during the interview.

Practical test: The successful candidate must have the ability to safely lift weights of >30kg to shoulder height, which is required for cleaning and maintaining metal screens at the fish traps. If you are short-listed following the virtual interview and data entry practical you will be invited to attend the Freshwater Fisheries Laboratory to undertake the practical lifting test.

The practical lifting test will involve repeatedly lifting a steal fish trap screen, as is required at the traps. First, the lifting technique will be demonstrated by a current member of the Traps Team. You will then assess the weight yourself by lifting the weight a short distance from the ground.  If you feel confident that you can safely lift the weight using the demonstrated technique, then you will begin the lifting test. You will be asked to repeatedly lift the screen to clear a minimum vertical distance of 1.0 metre. This will be completed under observation to ensure safe lifting technique. If at any point you fail to exhibit appropriate technique or struggle with the test, then you will be asked to immediately stop lifting. This practical will take place outside following social distancing guidelines. Screens will be disinfected before and after lifting is undertaken.

Due to Covid-19 (Coronavirus) restrictions, candidates will not have access to the buildings so must arrive in suitable clothing to complete the lifting test in any weather conditions. Public toilets are available in Pitlochry:

Further Information

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 Faye Jackson who can be reached at

If you experience any difficulties accessing our website or completing the online application form, please contact the Resourcing Team on NUMBER or via

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