Fisheries Assessment Officer

Job Title - Fisheries Assessment Officer

SAI Global, a global Risk Management Services provider, is looking to recruit a Fishery Assessment Officer to join our fisheries team on a maternity cover contract (approximately 9-12 months) in Dundalk, Ireland. Conducting audits against Fisheries Standards (including MSC, RFM and IFFO), the Fisheries Assessment Officer will be required to plan and conduct professional audits in accordance with SAI Global procedures to enable delivery of assessment and services that meet customer requirements. 

The successful candidate will be expected to carry out assessments of applicant fisheries against the standard requirements and accreditation requirements. As travel is key component of the role, the successful candidate will need to hold a valid driving license and be prepared to travel locally and internationally as and when required.

An overview of the main duties have been provided below:

• To conduct in depth analysis of survey and stock assessment activities/reports, ecosystem dynamics and fisheries effects.

• Analysis of the overall legal and regulatory management framework, bycatch avoidance methods and gear modifications, and observer and enforcement activities of commercial fisheries.

• Lead a team of professionals with expertise in various disciplines of fisheries assessment and management.

• Apply various fish stock assessment techniques and approaches to fishery management.

• Preparation of certification reports for fisheries under assessment.

Experience and Skillset required:

• Ideally qualified to PhD or degree level in an appropriate fisheries, mathematical or biological discipline with at least 5 to 7 years of experience in professional fisheries stock assessment or other relevant discipline.

• Related experience and technical ability in fish biology, gear technology, fisheries-ecosystem interactions and legal frameworks for fisheries management will be advantageous.

• Leadership and management of teams working in the area of fishery science.

• A knowledge and understanding of international certification programmes would be an advantage.

• Experience and knowledge in the derivation and use of reference point and proxies in fisheries management (e.g. MSY, Fmsy, SSBcurr, MSST, OFL etc.)

• Proven and applied experience with mainstream stock assessment software such as AD Model Builder or other and statistical packages such as R, Primer or other.

• It is desirable for the candidate to have a sound knowledge and understanding of experimental survey designs (e.g. trawl, longline), biological sampling, large database analysis, age/size/sex structured assessment methods, or length/catch survey analysis, risk assessment methods and other models.

Interpersonal Skills:

The successful Fisheries Assessment Officer will need to be customer focused with a high attention to detail, as well as being able to work on their own initiative and also within a team environment.  A high level of communication skill, both written and verbal, is essential, and a flexible approach to working hours will be needed.

About SAI:

SAI Global is passionate about helping business improve. We offer a broad range of products and services for risk management to businesses worldwide, and in Australia we also offer specialised property services to the financial, legal and conveyancing sectors.

Headquartered in Sydney, Australia, we have around 2,000 employees in 29 locations across EMEA, North America and Asia. We operate through two divisions, Risk Management Solutions and Property Services.

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