Fisheries Technician

Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science

Closing date: 29 Nov 2018

Reference number



£18334 - £20480


Administrative Officer

Contract type


Business area


Type of role

Environment and Sustainability

Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time, Job share, Part-time



Number of posts



Lowestoft, Eastern, NR33 0HT

About the job

Job description

The purpose of this post is to support delivery of large fisheries programmes through the collection of high-quality evidence. A key role to support the otolith processing team with technical work within the otolith lab. Other duties may also include age determination, database inputting, biological sampling of finfish and shellfish and with the potential to take part in fisheries research surveys aboard our Research Vessel Cefas Endeavour. Some archiving duties and contribution to other corporate projects may also be required.


• Otolith processing and age determination
• Data entry into Cefas databases.
• Health and safety compliance in office, lab and fieldwork.
• Potential fieldwork both on and off shore.
• Archiving otolith samples and contribution to corporate programmes as required.


Essential skills:
• Excellent attention to detail and methodical approach.
• Excellent communication skills and experience of working as part of a team
• Ability to accurately follow detailed procedures and instructions.
• Flexible and proactive approach to work methods and duties;
• Experience in compliance with lab health and safety practices

Desirable skills:
• Experience of operating technical equipment within a laboratory environment
• Experience of database input;
• Experience of managing computer and paper records;
• Good numerical skills

Person specification

Please show how your skills and experience will enable you to meet the requirements of the job description.


Qualifications required for direct entry to Cefas Pay Band 3 are 2 'A' levels (or equivalent e.g. BTEC or NVQ level 3) preferably including a science subject, and some relevant work experience.


We'll assess you against these competencies during the selection process:

  • Delivering value for money
  • Delivering at pace
  • Science and Engineering - Applying Scientific and Technical Knowledge

Civil Service Competency Framework



Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
Successful candidates must pass basic security checks.

Nationality statement

Candidates will be subject to UK immigration requirements as well as Civil Service nationality rules.

If you're applying for a role requiring security clearance please be aware that foreign or dual nationality is not an automatic bar. However certain posts may have restrictions which could affect those who do not have sole British nationality or who have personal connections with certain countries outside the UK.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using the Civil Service Competency Framework. Guidance on writing competency examples is available: A brief guide to competencies
Candidates should be aware that they may be assessed on their previous skills and experience as well as the listed competencies at both sift and interview.
Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.


Candidates in their probationary period are eligible to apply for vacancies within this department.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

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Contact point for applicants

Sift/interview dates and location

Interviews will be held at Cefas Laboratory, Pakefield Road, Lowestoft, Suffolk, NR33 OHT

Interview date to be confirmed

Cefas does not contribute to interview expenses, however, we are able to offer an initial interview via Skype for candidates who are unable to travel to Lowestoft.

Further information

Reasonable adjustment
If a person with disabilities is put at a substantial disadvantage compared to a non-disabled person, we have a duty to make reasonable changes to our processes.
If you need a change to be made so that you can make your application, you should:
Contact Government Recruitment Service via as soon as possible before the closing date to discuss your needs
Complete the “Assistance required” section in the “Additional requirements” page of your application form to tell us what changes or help you might need further on in the recruitment process. For instance, you may need wheelchair access at interview, or if you’re deaf, a Language Service Professional

Applicants who are successful at interview will be, as part of pre-employment screening subject to a check on the Internal Fraud Database (IFD). This check will provide information about employees who have been dismissed for fraud or dishonesty offences. This check also applies to employees who resign or otherwise leave before being dismissed for fraud or dishonesty had their employment continued. Any applicant’s details held on the IFD will be refused employment.

If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the Recruitment
Principles and you wish to make a complaint, in the first instance, you should contact
Government Recruitment Services via email:

If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from the Department, you can
contact the Civil Service Commission at

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