Senior Scientific Officer: Aquaculture

The RSPCA Farm Animals Department has an exciting opportunity for a Senior Scientific Officer in the Science and Policy Group. You’ll develop and advise on Society policy and strategy in relation to the welfare of farmed fish, particularly salmon and trout.

The role of Senior Scientific Officer: Aquaculture is fundamental to helping achieve the Farm Animal Department’s objective: to promote by all practical means the highest standards in farm animal welfare. This includes improving attitudes towards farmed animals, and strengthening the laws in relation to farm animals and improving their implementation.

We are looking for an organised, articulate and passionate individual with an excellent understanding of farmed fish welfare issues relating to farmed salmon and/or trout.

Location: This role will involve a mixture of home and office based working

Salary: circa £34,000 depending on experience

Hours: Full time (35 hours)

Closing date: 09:00 Tuesday 1st June 2021

What you’ll be doing as an RSPCA Senior Scientific Officer:

  • Managing all aspects of the RSPCA welfare standards for salmon and trout, including close liaison with, and provision of scientific/technical advice and support to, the RSPCA Assured scheme and its members, as well as the rest of the RSPCA
  • Providing scientific and technical input into specific projects, reports and campaigns
  • Liaising with the farming and food industries, scientific research sector, and governmental and non-governmental bodies
  • Representing the Society externally, including in the media
  • Potential for future line management of an aquaculture Scientific Officer

You’ll have:

  • A Masters degree in a relevant scientific subject (animal/agricultural/welfare science) or a bachelor’s degree plus relevant equivalent experience
  • High level of animal production and welfare knowledge in relation to salmon and/or trout
  • Hands-on experience of working with one or more farm animal species
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with well-developed analytical skills and strong attention to detail
  • Committee and working group experience and experience of developing standards
  • Experience of leadership and/or people management/supervision.

What’s in it for you:

You’ll have an opportunity to work for the largest animal welfare charity in England and Wales.

We value and recognise our employees’ contribution and are proud to offer an extensive benefits package that includes:

35 hours standard working week, 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays increasing to 30 days with service; a generous pension scheme with associated life assurance and group income protection scheme; access to private healthcare scheme; support for professional development after qualifying period and access to our employee assistance programme. We also offer free parking on site

How to apply:

An application form and job description can be downloaded from the RSPCA Jobs web page.

We do not accept CVs without a fully completed application form.

Please send your completed application form to before the closing date of 09:00 Tuesday 1st June 2021 quoting reference SSO1924.

Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic we will be holding interviews on Tuesday 22nd June 2021 through Google Hangouts. For any part of the recruitment process requiring an onsite visit a full assessment will be carried out to ensure everyone’s safety.

All online information and documents are available in alternative formats, including Braille and large font, upon request from the Resourcing team.

We strongly believe in being an innovative, diverse, and inclusive organisation and recognise that diversity in all of our people will help achieve that purpose and our mission more effectively. We strongly encourage and seek applications from a wide diversity of candidates and in particular welcome applications from minority ethnic, black, and candidates with disabilities, who are currently under-represented at the RSPCA.

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