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Assistant Fisheries Scientist

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Job summary

£23344 - £24909
Around 37.00 per week
Closing Date
11 November 2020 at midnight
Employment Type
Permanent Employee

We are currently seeking applications for an Assistant Fisheries Scientist within the Marine Scotland based in Montrose. 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.

Based in Montrose, the Salmon Assessment Group is responsible for collecting high quality data on the exploitation, abundance and biological characteristics of adult salmon stocks in Scotland.  This work is key to the success of the Conservation Regulations which form the regulatory framework for managing Scottish salmon fisheries, based on the conservation status of individual river stocks. This post supports our biological sampling programme of adult salmon and the operation of in-river fish counters providing fishery-independent estimates of abundance.

Fish counter data, together with reported catches, allow salmon abundance to be estimated from fishery data for those stocks where fish counter data are not available.  Biological sampling provides data on the size and age composition of returning adult salmon stocks as well as the sex ratios of individual age classes.  The characteristics vary both seasonally and through the years and are required for assessing the status of salmon stocks.

Qualifications Required
For jobs in Band A, you must hold a minimum of 5 Standard Grades (1–3) or Ordinary Grades (A-C) including English and a numerical subject.  As this is a specialist science post, good passes at Higher level, including at least one science/technology subject, maths and English are also required.

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

Due to the remote locations of sites a considerable amount of driving is involved therefore a full valid driving licence that enables the candidate to drive in the UK is required. However the Scottish Government will consider proposals put forward by applicants to carry out the duties by any other means.

Essential Criteria
1. Demonstrates knowledge of scientific, technical and mathematical concepts, practices and procedures.
2. Good attention to detail.  Proven ability to handle data accurately and using appropriate quality assurance procedures.
3. Well organised; able to prioritise conflicting demands and meet fixed timetables.
4. Ability / willingness to handle live and dead fish.
5.Proven ability to undertake fieldwork in remote locations.

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 a decision has been taken that all interviews must be conducted in a virtual/remote setting.

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 of choice with an account registered to the 'Zoom' app 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 there are no issues incurred during the interview.

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 Craig Robinson who can be reached at craig.robinson@gov.scot.

If you experience any difficulties accessing our website or completing the online application form, please contact the Resourcing Team at recruitment@gov.scot.


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