Good Fish Guide Ratings Officer

Marine Conservation Society

Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire or Edinburgh
£23,300 - £27,300 dependent on experience

Paid • Full Time • Permanent

www.mcsuk.org joanne.ohagan@mcsuk.org 01989561574 Joanne O'Hagan

Sectors: marine conservation, environmental policy & campaigning

Closing date: Sunday, 27th January 2019   6 days left


Good Fish Guide Ratings Officer

Contract: Permanent, Full time - However, split role considered for exceptional applicants. 40% FTE based in Edinburgh focused on farmed ratings; 60% FTE based in Ross HQ focused on wild capture ratings.

Closing Date - 27 January 2019

Interviews - 6 & 7 February 2019

Our seas face a wide range of threats and 90% of global fish stocks are already fished at or above their maximum capacity and our demand for seafood is set to increase. Aquaculture is rapidly expanding to meet this demand, but if this is done badly it can also damage the environment and exacerbate these other problems. 

Consumer awareness regarding the sustainability of seafood has been increasing in recent years, and it was this demand for knowledge that led to MCS publishing the Good Fish Guide in 2002. Since then we have gone on to help thousands of consumers and businesses understand more about the pressures on our wild fisheries resources and environmental issues associated with the production of farmed seafood, and the important role they can play in turning this around. We have developed a number of tools to help businesses and consumers make the most sustainable fish purchases, including our in-depth online Good Fish Guide, associated app and handy pocket-sized guide for making decisions on the go. 

We are now looking for a Good Fish Guide Ratings Officer to join our Fisheries & Aquaculture team so that our research and assessments can continue and our vital ratings database kept up to date.

With your knowledge of the sustainable seafood movement, and fisheries and aquaculture management and production, you will be rigorous and detail-focused in researching new information and updating our existing knowledge on the sustainability of seafood that is most commonly consumed in the UK. You will use our methodologies to produce assessments and ratings for our Good Fish Guide. 

Key Skills 

  • Good understanding of different aquaculture production and/or commercial fishing methods (ideally both), and associated ecological risks and management issues. 
  • Excellent analytical and critical evaluation skills, in particular of technical scientific fishing and/or aquaculture reports and policy content. 
  • Proven ability to summarise and communicate complex scientific information in a clear and simple way to a range of audiences both orally and written. 
  • Excellent organisation and project management skills for maintaining large datasets and working to deadlines. 
  • Strong team working and communication skills.
  • Ability to remain motivated with focused work.

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