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Fisheries biologist / Data analyst

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Job summary

£30652 - £35110
Around 37.00 per week
Closing Date
24 February 2021 at midnight
Employment Type
Permanent Employee

We are currently seeking applications for a Fisheries Biologist/Data Analyst 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 required to support the operation, collation, analysis and quality control of data on Atlantic salmon, brown trout and European eels collected at the Girnock and Baddoch index monitoring sites. These sites and associated fish traps are unique in Scotland, providing robust and detailed long-term data for understanding and assessing population dynamics, status and trends, which in turn inform and underpin development of assessment methods.

Due to the volume and heterogeneity of data collection methods at the monitoring sites, you will require advanced data analysis, database and coding (R) skills. You will be required to publish data in a variety of formats including public datasets, web sites, reports and importantly, peer reviewed publications. You will support maintenance of the traps and field data collection during busy periods, including trap operations and summer electrofishing. You will therefore be required to have (or develop) specialist skills in managing and operating fish traps, handling and processing fish in challenging outdoor environments.

You will be responsible for the direct line management of 4 staff and the day-to-day administration of trap facilities. Additionally, you will also be required to support other projects in the Freshwater Environment Group, including data collation, quality control and database entry of data collected under the National Electrofishing Programme for Scotland (NEPS).

Prospective applicants should note that this role involves 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.

Qualifications Required
You will hold a PhD in a mathematical or relevant environmental or biological discipline (ideally fisheries or environmental sciences) with a substantial numerical component.

Other qualifications equivalent to these may also be acceptable, if you are in any doubt please contact to discuss.

• As field sites are not serviced by public transport a full valid driving license is a requirement for this post. Please enter this information into the application form.

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. Peer-reviewed publication record commensurate with stage of career
2. Experience of coding and statistical analysis in R involving modelling of complex ecological or environmental datasets.
3. Evidence of successful people management, team working and collaborative research
4. Experience delivering successful field data collection programmes.

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. 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 complete a data analysis practical in R should they be selected for interview.

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.

For those candidates that pass the interview, there will also be a practical lifting test. This 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: https://www.pkc.gov.uk/article/19430/Pitlochry-public-toilets

Applicants who are EU Nationals
Any applicant with, or applying for, EU Settled Status, must provide one of the following;
•If you have already been granted Settled Status, please e-mail evidence of this to recruitment@gov.scot when you submit your application.
•If you have applied for Settled Status and are awaiting a decision, please e-mail recruitment@gov.scot confirming this when you submit your application.
•Failure to provide this information or a suitable alternative evidencing your right to work in the UK will result in your application being automatically rejected.

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 faye.jackson@gov.scot

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


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