Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Advisor (Based in Carnforth)

Working in a team of 4 under the direction of the Senior Scientist with travel throughout the District.

Job Title: Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Advisor
Job Purpose
  • To promote sustainable use of marine resources
  • To contribute to presentation of advice to the Authority
  • Impact assessment of fishing activity
  • Stock assessment and species survey, GIS mapping, data analysis
  • Reporting to the Authority and to Government
  • Development of survey capacity of NWIFCA patrol vessel, based in Whitehaven
  • Priorities include shellfish stock assessment and whelk fisheries management
Main Tasks Monitoring and Survey Work and Reporting

  • Assessing the impact of fisheries activities on Marine Protected Areas
  • Preparation and presentation of reports to advise the Authority on management
  • 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 dependant on tides
  • Undertaking enforcement training if required to support NWIFCA enforcement team

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 site
  • 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, and representing the Authority at meetings
  • Co-ordinating NWIFCA response 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 & First Aid
  • RYA SRC (VHF) Certification
  • ATV Course, Towing Course, Manual Handling
  • Powerboat Level 2




  • Good degree, in a Marine, Fisheries or Environmental subject
  • MSc (Fisheries or Marine Environment)


  • Experience of fisheries and/or marine environmental management or surveys
  • Willing to assist with underwater survey e.g. drop down cameras, side scan, grab
  • Report writing & verbal presentation
  • Experience of fisheries or marine environmental management
  • Experience of marine survey skills
  • Involvement with the enforcement of marine conservation legislation


  • Good knowledge of UK fisheries and marine environment
  • Knowledge of fisheries legislation, byelaws, marine conservation, NGOs

Technical Skills

  • Appointment will be dependent on passing a ML5 Medical.
  • Full UK driving licence is required.
  • IT skills in Word, Excel, Outlook, GIS.
  • Good communication skills
  • Advanced GIS especially MapInfo
  • Database use and development
  • Experience of ATVs and towing trailers
  • Boat experience/qualifications

Personal Attributes

  • Enthusiasm for marine environment
  • Confident in dealing with stakeholders
  • Self-motivated & good team worker
  • Flexible to handle changing work
  • Equal enjoyment of both desk based analysis and outdoor field work
  • Experience of dealing with a wide variety of people

The following terms apply to the post:

Salary Scale: £21,166 – £28,785 from 1 April 2019 (Local Government Scale 11-25; 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’.  Both posts involve working unsocial hours, including early mornings, late evenings and weekends as required by tides and survey and enforcement duties

Medical: Appointment for both posts is dependent on passing an ML5 Medical

BPSS Check: This will be carried out before appointment

If you have any queries please email [email protected]

 How to apply

Send your application by 2359hrs on the closing date of 3 March 2020 to:

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

Please specify the role that you are applying for.

Your application should include:

  1. A curriculum vitae including the following information:
  • Name and current address, phone number and email
  • Full employment history, including 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 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, one of which should be your most recent employer (or academic tutor).
  1. A hand written letter of up to 100 words including the following information:
  • which post you are applying for
  • why you are interested
  • where you saw the post advertised
  • the letter may be scanned and attached to an email