FISHERIES OBSERVER – 2 POSTS Published:  04 April, 2013

As Fisheries Observer you will work as part of our Fisheries Science Section to effectively carry out sampling and research. In particular, you will play a key role in the collection of biological and fisheries data relating to ‘data deficient’ species of commercial importance to the Scottish whitefish fleet.

You will be required to carry out sampling aboard commercial and research vessels and at fish markets (including some out of hours and weekend working).  Both posts are being offered on a two-year fixed term basis.

Your work will also include: data entry, processing and managing collected data; undertaking some data analysis and report writing and assisting with laboratory work.

You should have extensive seagoing experience on commercial fishing vessels and proficiency in data collection, handling and analysis. A BSc (Hons) in a relevant subject would also be desirable, although not essential. You must be computer literate with a working knowledge of Word and Excel and have good interpersonal and communication skills.

A full job description and person spec can be viewed at

For an informal discussion on this post, please contact: Paul Macdonald, tel 01595 772000 or email

For an application pack, please contact NAFC Reception as below.

NAFC Marine CentrePort ArthurScallowayShetlandZE1 0UNTel: 01595 772000Email: Web:


The NAFC Marine Centre is an academic partner of the University of the Highlands and Islands.

NAFC Marine Centre is the operating name of the Shetland Fisheries Training Centre Trust.  Scottish Charity Number SC003715.

The NAFC Marine Centre is committed to achieving equality of opportunity in all aspects of its work and study and therefore operates an Equal Opportunities Policy.