Fisheries Regulatory Advisor

Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science

Closing date: 25 Mar 2019

Reference number



£27,711 - £31,570


Higher Executive 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

About the job

Job description

Cefas is seeking to appoint an environmental impact advisor experienced with fisheries to join a dynamic and diverse team. You will provide authoritative scientific and technical advice on fisheries, underwater noise, impingement, entrainment, thermal and chemical discharges, suspended sediments and sedimentation during construction for regulatory assessment on the potential risks and impacts to the marine environment from a range of human activities. There will be opportunities to work on multi-disciplinary projects alongside coastal geomorphologists, water quality specialists and ecosystem modellers.


The main focus of the role will be to:

• support the provision of specialist fisheries advice to regulatory departments on the potential marine environmental
impacts of
licence applications for development in the marine environment under the Marine and Coastal Access Act (2009) and the
Planning Act (2008);
• ensure advice provided by Cefas internal fisheries specialists is quality assured
• provide support to customers engaged in the regulation of human activities in the marine environment through answering
queries and the provision of information and data.

The position requires stakeholder engagement with marine development applicants, statutory consultees and collaboration with Cefas fisheries and underwater noise experts. An essential part of the position is to critically assess, evaluate and advise on the sufficiency and accuracy of fish ecology and fisheries information, such as fisheries surveys and data which are presented in marine development applications. Therefore, you will be familiar with the ecology of both marine demersal and pelagic species and understand those aspects of the ecology of commercially important marine fish that are of importance to fisheries management. You will be expected to support senior advisors through the provision of information and data on issues pertaining to human activities and their potential impacts on the marine environment. Additionally, you may be expected to contribute to and support the provision of specialist underwater noise advice to the regulators and it would be beneficial if you understand underwater noise modelling and techniques.

In the role, you will be expected to develop excellent working relationships with the Sustainable Science for Marine Management team, Social & Economic Assessments team and Cefas specialist advisors from a range of disciplines (including coastal processes, benthic ecology, plankton, chemistry etc.,) and develop good working relationships with regulatory and policy customers in other sections of government, industry representatives and national and international colleagues as necessary.

You will be expected to travel within UK for short meetings, and potentially within western Europe for scientific meetings.

Cefas actively supports staff development and opportunities for additional professional training and development are available.

Person specification

• Ideally you should have experience of participating in local or national meetings in relation to marine fisheries or
fisheries stakeholder engagement.
• Experience of marine environment impact assessment related to the impact of human activities in the marine environment is
• Previous environmental fieldwork, fisheries survey experience or fisheries related data collection and application would be


Degree in aquatic or environmental science and some relevant work experience relating to the ecology of marine fish or marine licensing.


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

  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Making Effective Decisions

Technical skills

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

  • Scientific writing skills



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 Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Strengths, Experience and Technical skills.
Please note depending on the volume of applications an initial sift may be conducted on the lead behaviour Communicating and Influencing, candidates must pass this behaviour for their application to be progressed.

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 not 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.

Apply and further information

Contact point for applicants

Sift/interview dates and location

Sift and interview dates and location to be confirmed.

Interviews will be held at Cefas Laboratory, Pakefield Road, Lowestoft, Suffolk, NR33 0HT

Cefas is unable to contribute to interview expenses, however, an initial interview via Skype can be offered to 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

Any move to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) will mean you will no longer be able to carry on claiming childcare vouchers.

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:
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