Closing date: 12 April 2023
Fisheries Science Programme Co-Ordinator

Fisheries Science Programme Co-Ordinator

St Helena Island, South Atlantic

2 years FTC available immediately

£26k pa, depending on experience and qualifications.

Enjoying unique lifestyle opportunities, St Helena Island is a self-governing overseas territory of the United Kingdom. Although better placed to develop economically and socially as a result of opening our international airport in 2017, we are not at the stage of self-sufficiency and therefore remain dependent on UK government aid.

In this exciting role within the Marine and Fisheries Conservation Section you will support all aspects of marine conservation with a strong focus on fisheries science, in particular leading on the operational management of the fisheries tagging and biological sampling programme. This will include all aspects of fieldwork, data collection, collation and analysis. You will help to ensure sound governance of the programme in terms of resources, financing and administrative management. You will also develop, conduct and mentor research and publicity and promotion.

In collaboration with Blue Belt affiliated partners, you will offer scientific research, analysis and advice for evidence-based fisheries management. You must ensure co-ordination and management of Blue Belt science related work packages, enhance data collection and provide data management services for fisheries and marine ecosystems. You must co-ordinate and manage all fish biological sampling, tagging and observer programmes both inshore and offshore.

It will require you to participate in and mentor staff in research supporting the marine and fisheries science research and monitoring programme, including oversight and assessment of the fisheries observer programme. Having overall operational management of team members working on the marine and fisheries science programmes, you will develop collaborative research plans and strategies, undertaking data analysis and report writing.

Fieldwork can be physically demanding, with boat travel and landing on offshore stacks to conduct all aspects of marine monitoring, day and night. With observer duties aboard local fishing vessels, you will possibly spend extended periods of long days at sea. Underwater scientific surveys will use SCUBA without recompression.

Qualified to BSc in marine biology or a related subject, you have considerable post-graduate experience in marine ecology or fisheries ecology – preferably pelagic species. High level computer literacy will be essential, with a sound knowledge of statistics and data management. You must have proven ability to lead and deliver work programmes, have practical skill in marine science biological sample collection and experience in mentoring. A PADI advanced diver with more than 50 dives logged, you have boat handling experience and in-depth knowledge in the use of marine data collection apparatus.

In addition, you must demonstrate our core values of fairness, integrity and teamwork and use your diverse expertise and experiences to ensure your time on the Island has the broadest benefit to St Helena.

Our Benefits Package Includes:

  • Relocation Allowances payable at the Start and End of Contract.
  • Annual Pension Contribution of 7.5% of salary
  • Rent allowance of £500 per month
  • Annual Leave of 30 days per annum plus Public Holidays
  • Paid travel to St Helena, mid-term holiday (after one year) and end of contract travel.

How to Apply:

An application form is available  below where further information can also be found, or you may contact Kedell Worboys on 0203 818 7610 or via email: [email protected]

Applications must be sent to [email protected] and received by 12 April 2023

To be considered for this role, you must complete our application form. Failure to do so will mean that your application will not be considered. Please do not submit your CV.

The Public Service positively accepts applications from all members of the community regardless of race, gender, disability, age, sexual orientation, religion or belief, and will consider all applications on the basis of merit, in accordance with the person specification.

Due to the potential for high numbers of applications, if you have not heard from us within 2 weeks of the closing date you should assume you have not been short listed.  We would like to thank you for your interest in working for St Helena Government.

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