Senior Scientist

North Western Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority (NWIFCA)

Carnforth, Lancashire
£29,577 - £33,782 pa

Paid • Full Time • Permanent

Sectors: marine conservation, sustainability

Closing date: Monday, 15th March 2021  

NWIFCA is lead regulator protecting the inshore marine environment and fisheries in NW England. NWIFCA District extends from the Welsh border in the south to the Scottish border in the north and seawards out to 6 miles.

A senior vacancy is currently available in fisheries management with NWIFCA:

Senior Scientist to lead NWIFCA science and conservation team of 3 Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Advisors (Based in Carnforth with travel throughout the District)

The following terms apply:

Salary Scale: £29,577 - £33,782 from 1 April 2020. Local Government Scale 25-30; starting point according to experience rising by one point per year subject to annual assessments
Pension: Local government scheme (defined benefits and employer contributions)
Hours of work: 37 hour per week with ‘flexitime’. The posts involves working unsocial hours, including early mornings, late evenings and weekends as required by tides and survey duties
Medical: Appointment to the post is dependent on passing an ML5 Medical
BPSS Check: Appointment dependent on satisfactory BPSS Check

If you have any queries please email [email protected]

Job Description

Job Purpose

  • Plan and manage NWIFCA scientific and fisheries monitoring programme
  • Manage a team of 3 Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Advisors
  • Promote sustainable use of marine resources
  • Inform and advise the Authority on NWIFCA science and conservation work
  • Impact assessment of fishing activity
  • Stock assessment and species survey, GIS mapping, data analysis
  • Report to the Authority and to Government as required
  • Data collation and sharing for NWIFCA
  • Consult local fishers and other stakeholders
  • Develop survey capacity of NWIFCA patrol vessel, based in Whitehaven
  • Priorities include shellfish stock assessment and whelk fisheries management

Main Tasks

Monitoring, Survey Work and Research

  • Assessing the impact of fisheries activities on Marine Protected Areas
  • Intertidal and sea survey, data collection, analysis and advice to the Authority
  • Shellfish and sea fish stock assessments and development of management advice
  • Using GIS to create data tables, graphs and maps/charts to inform advice
  • Keeping up to date with policy and new developments in fisheries management
  • Undertaking required training to carry out field work duties
  • Using ATV and vessels in all weathers and at all hours usually dependent on tides
  • Undertaking enforcement training if required to support NWIFCA enforcement team


  • Preparation and presentation of reports to advise the Authority on management
  • Advice to the Authority on fish stocks and opening fisheries
  • Contribute to Byelaw development
  • Participate and report on national IFCA science groups

Policy Advice, Consultations and Liaison

  • Providing advice on fisheries and conservation policy and management
  • Maintaining a wide knowledge of UK environmental and fisheries legislation and European Marine Sites, MCZ, SSSIs and Ramsar sites
  • Liaison and joint working with partner agencies such as MMO, Environment Agency, Natural England, local councils, GLAA, CEFAS, NGOs and many others
  • Liaison with the fishing industry, fisheries and conservation stakeholders
  • Representing the Authority at meetings of external bodies
  • Co-ordinating NWIFCA responses to consultations on marine developments
  • Providing a response to enquiries from the fishing industry and the public

Training (provided in post where necessary)

  • Sea Survival and First Aid
  • RYA SRC (VHF) Certification
  • ATV Course, Towing Course and Manual Handling
  • Powerboat Level 2
  • ML5 Medical

Requirements of the Post




  • Excellent general education
  • Good degree, in a Marine, Fisheries or Environmental subject


  • MSc (Fisheries or Marine Environment)



  • Experience of fisheries and/or marine environmental management
  • Experience of operation of underwater survey equipment e.g. drop down cameras, side scan, grab
  • Report writing & verbal presentation
  • Management of a team
  • Experience of IFCAs
  • Fisheries/conservation project and research work
  • Fish/Shellfish surveys and management
  • Survey programme planning
  • Work with NGOs & government bodies


  • Project management in fisheries or marine environmental field
  • Involvement with the enforcement of marine conservation legislation
  • Experience of dealing with fishing community



  • Extensive knowledge of UK fisheries and marine environment
  • Marine environmental and fisheries legislation
  • Marine planning issues
  • UK Marine environment out to12 miles
  • Good overview of fisheries research


  • Knowledge of NWIFCA byelaws
  • Familiarity with NWIFCA district and fisheries and conservation issues
  • New challenges post Brexit

Technical Skills


  • Excellent IT skills in Word, Excel etc.
  • Competent in GIS mapping
  • Fish/shellfish identification
  • Good communication skills
  • Appointment will be dependent on passing a ML5 Medical
  • Full UK driving licence is required


  • Advanced GIS especially MapInfo
  • Database use and development
  • Handling ATVs and towing trailers
  • Boat skills and qualifications

Personal Attributes


  • Enthusiasm for marine environment
  • Able to motivate and manage a team
  • Enjoy outdoor work in all weathers
  • Enjoy desk based analysis
  • Flexible to work unsocial hours
  • Confident in dealing with stakeholders
  • Creative to develop new approaches
  • Flexible to handle changing work
  • Tactful in confrontational situations
  • Adaptable to prioritise a heavy workload
  • Willing to help out in other departments in a small organisation

How to Apply

Send your application by 23:59 on the closing date of 15 March 2021 to:

  • [email protected] (email applications will be acknowledged) OR
  • NWIFCA, 1 Preston Street, Carnforth, LA5 9BY

Your Application Should Include:

1. Curriculum vita including the following information:

  • Name and current address, phone number and email
  • Full employment history, accounting for any gaps
  • All qualifications completed with results
  • Full educational history from starting secondary school, with results and grades
  • Details of any IT skills, qualifications and experience
  • Details of any relevant marine or fisheries experience
  • Details of managerial experience in a scientific or fisheries setting
  • Details of survey and outdoor fieldwork experience
  • Details of planning projects and programmes in marine science or fisheries
  • Details of any relevant courses completed e.g. boat handling or marine safety
  • Details of driving licence (full, clean and which driving categories)
  • Details of driving experience including towing trailers
  • Interests and hobbies
  • Details of any cautions or convictions you have received
  • Names and addresses (with phone and email if possible) of 2 referees
  • Referees should include all employers over the past 3 years
  • If you do not have 2 recent employers, referees should be from higher education
  • Personal referees are not accepted

2. Hand written letter of up to 100 words including the following information:

  • Why you are interested in the post
  • Where you saw the post advertised
  • the letter may be scanned and attached to an email

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