Lead Environmental Officer

Salary:       NIFCA Grade C, £32,257 – £37,000.

Hours:        Full-time, 37 hours per week

Position:    Permanent 

Location:   Blyth, Northumberland

The Northumberland Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority is looking for an experienced individual to fill the above position. This role will be responsible for overseeing the Environmental team’s extensive and varied workload and to manage tasks effectively within the time constraints presented to NIFCA. The successful person will be a highly motivated individual who has the characteristics and qualities to lead by example and the drive to explore and present new work streams on behalf of the Authority.

Applicants must have a minimum of degree qualification in marine biology/environment sector and experience in a similar role. Strong IT skills, a full driving license and vehicle are essential.

The role will include:

  • Leading, developing and effectively managing a dedicated small team of Environmental Officers (who also work within the wider IFCA team) to deliver scientific and environmental advice to the Authority.
  • Supporting the continued development of the EMS Revised Approach to commercial fisheries and the IFCA role regarding MPAs including MCZs.
  • Leading the team on the NIFCA Strategic Research Plan and developing work under our Strategic Environmental Assessment
  • Intertidal estuarine and at sea survey and monitoring work.
  • Liaising with a wide range of stakeholders and working with partner agencies including Defra, Natural England, MMO, the Environment Agency & Cefas in respect of NIFCA projects. To work with other IFCAs on the national Technical Advisory Group and to represent the Authority at meetings both locally and nationally (this may occasionally include an overnight stay outside of the district).

You will be: 

  • Highly motivated individual who has the characteristics and qualities to lead by example and work in a team committed to the marine environment.
  • Flexible, with awareness of the fisheries sector and experience of the Environmental sector and/ or in a similar role to this one would be an advantage.
  • Able to work from the office, on the shore, on-board any of the Authority’s vessels as well as on-board local fishing vessels conducting surveys.

You will have:

  • As a minimum an undergraduate degree qualification (or to a higher level) in marine biology or the environment sector.
  • Experience working in an IFCA or similar role dedicated to management and conservation in the Marine Environment (essential).
  • Good organisational, report writing and oral presentation skills (essential).
  • Strong IT skills (essential) and ARC GIS experience (desirable).
  • Statistical analysis skills (desirable).
  • A strong understanding of marine and estuarine, ecology, ecosystems and related socio-economic issues.

For more information about this role, please see the JOB DESCRIPTION

To apply for this position, please send a completed APPLICATION FORM and cover letter to nifca@nifca.gov.uk. 

Closing date for applications is midnight on Sunday 3rd November 2019. Interviews will be held at the Authority office in November 2019 with a view to start as soon as possible.