Fisheries Officer

The Shark Trust

Plymouth, Devon
£21,000 - £25,000 pa

Paid • Full Time • Fixed Term Contract 0044 (0) 1752 672020 John Richardson

Reference: ST FO 11/18

Sectors: marine conservation, conservation & wildlife, sustainability

Closing date: Wednesday, 21st November 2018   7 days left

The Shark Trust was established in 1997 to provide a voice for sharks in the UK. It is now part of a global movement in shark conservation working to protect shark, skate and ray populations and ensure they have a sustainable future.

We believe that effective shark conservation comes from a science-based commitment to achieving sustainably managed populations, coupled with responsible consumer supply chains. This places fisheries policy, management and enforcement at the forefront of conservation action, supported by effective, targeted stakeholder engagement to generate political will and address market demand.

Our Conservation Aims

  • Improve the conservation of endangered shark species
  • Achieve sustainable management of non-threatened sharks and associated fisheries
  • Secure responsible supply chains and reduce consumer demand for non-sustainable shark products

The Shark Trust is looking to appoint an enthusiastic marine scientist to join our Conservation Team in the position of Fisheries Officer.

This post will deliver a number of existing projects primarily focused on supporting sustainable elasmobranch fisheries for non-threatened species and securing necessary management for highly threatened species. The post includes involvement in fisheries policy (UK/EU), stakeholder engagement, and development of key resources, often as part of Fisheries-Science Partnership Projects. Engagement with the recreational sea angling sector is also important. The Fisheries Officer will lead on representing the Trust at relevant outreach events such as fishing/seafood festivals. General conservation activities such as authoring content for print and web, social media and mailings are part of the remit of all Conservation Team members.

Please note while some travel is required, there is little/no fieldwork associated with this role.

The post will commence in late January 2019.

Ideally the candidate should have at least:

  • A degree/Masters in a marine science.
  • At least two years relevant experience.
  • Knowledge of elasmobranch biology and ecology, including good species ID skills.
  • An understanding of UK, EU and global fisheries management and policy.
  • Excellent information research skills.
  • An excellent standard of written work and attention to fine detail.
  • Experience in engaging with a wide range of stakeholders, including the commercial fishing industry, fisheries management/enforcement bodies, policy-makers and the general public.
  • Excellent communication skills for a wide range of audiences.
  • Good organisational skills and an aptitude for prioritisation.
  • The ability to self-motivate whilst working as part of a close-knit team.
  • An ability to work under pressure to deadlines and deliverables.
  • Clean driving licence.

The following is also desirable:

  • Fish market experience.
  • Data handling/analysis abilities.
  • Second language.

This post will provide an opportunity for the right candidate to gain experience of working within the competitive field of marine conservation. Some out-of-hours and weekend work will be required, with some international travel. Time in lieu at a standard daily rate will be offered. A two week handover by the existing post-holder will be provided. The post is based in the Trust’s office in Plymouth (Devon), relocation funds are not available.

Application should be made by email to the Director of Conservation, Ali Hood, mailed to Please include a CV (with the details of two referees), and a covering letter with your name clearly in both file names with the email subject line ST FO 11/18. Additional files will not be considered.

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