THE MARINE INSTITUTE
Position: STO – Demersal Fisheries: Analysis of spatial and
temporal aspects of fisheries Discard & Landings data
Grade: Scientific and Technical Officer
Contract: Data Collection Regulation funded CID
COUNCIL REGULATION (EC) No 199/2008
Service Group: Fisheries Science Services
Location: Maine Institute HQ, Rinville, Oranmore, Co. Galway
Brief Description of the Marine Institute
The Marine Institute is a non-commercial semi-state body, which was formally
established by statute (Marine Institute act, 1991) in October 1992.
Under the Act the Marine Institute was given the responsibility:
“To undertake to co-ordinate, to promote and to assist in marine research and
development and to provide such services related to marine research and
development, that in the opinion of the Institute will promote economic development
and create employment and protect the marine environment”.
The Institute works in conjunction with the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and
Food, other Government Departments, semi-state agencies and various national and
international marine based bodies.
Fisheries Science Services (FSS)`
FSS’s mission is “to research, assess and advise on the sustainable exploitation of
marine fisheries resources”. Currently, FSS consists of around (50) staff under the
directorship of Dr Paul Connolly. The goals of the Service Group are:
1) To be centre of internationally recognised excellence.
2) To be responsive to the need of our stakeholders.
3) To meet the needs of Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and the
4) To promote the sustainable development of the marine living resources
5) To ensure that the division is a rewarding place in which work.
6) More Information on http://www.marine.ie/home/Fisheries.htm
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The Working Environment
The place of work will be such as may be designated from time to time by the Marine
Institute. The STO will be required to work at the Marine Institute’s Galway
Headquarters in Oranmore. The STO will be required to work at sea on commercial
vessels. The STO may also be required to travel abroad to meetings and to take part
in international surveys from time to time.
When absent from home and place of work on duty you will be paid appropriate
travelling expenses and subsistence allowances. Before any motor travel is
undertaken for business purposes you will be required to ensure that your insurance
carries an indemnity for business use.
The STO will work as part of the Fisheries Science Service (FSS) Team. The
assessments are coordinated by the International Council for the Exploration of the
Seas (ICES) and are used as the basis for the management of the fisheries.
Description of Position
The STO will join a team that is engaged in scientific investigations on the status of the
stocks of fish exploited by the Irish demersal fleet. The investigations consist of routine
biological sampling programmes (part of the Data Collection Programme - DCR) of
catches landed in various ports, and surveys carried out on research vessels and
commercial vessels. The data are used in the assessment of the state of the various
stocks and the provision of management advice to DAFF and the EC.
The position will involve aggregation, integration and primary analysis of landings,
discard and effort data. The candidate will have responsibility for reporting of
landings/discard levels associated with Irish fisheries and contribute to national and
international strategies on management plans. This will include working at sea on
research surveys and commercial vessels. In addition the candidate will contribute to
assessment tasks in ICES and STECF and draft relevant scientific reports and
Principle Tasks relating to COUNCIL REGULATION (EC) No 199/2008
Section A2 - Biological – Métier – related variables.
1. Analyse the spatial and temporal components of landings & discard data and
effort trends associated with Irish demersal fishing fleets.
2. Provide periodic (annual) evaluation of catch levels and rates associated with
3. Data preparation for ICES Working Group.
4. Improve precision of current DCR data through enhanced DCR coverage and
provision of high resolution effort and total catch data for improved raising
5. Provide higher resolution spatial and temporal catch and effort data to assist
with developing real time monitoring and management strategies.
Section C - Evaluation of the Effects of the Fishing Sector on the Marine
6. Analysis of medium term trends in landings & discard levels of non-commercial
fish species associated with Irish fisheries.
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7. Participate in any inter-agency forum to develop discard and by-catch
8. Any other duties assigned from time to time, appropriate to the position.
Sea duty is a vital part of this position and the STO will be required to work at
sea on research and/ or commercial vessels.
The STO will report to the Demersal Team Leader or whoever the Director of FSS may
designate from time to time.
FSS Staff, Team Leaders, Section Manager, Director and Staff of Marine Institute.
Regular liaison with demersal management committees; other scientists in
international laboratories; fishermen and their representative organisations and
officials from other government organisations.
A full range of training will be provided as required, on the job and through appropriate
courses as identified through the Marine Institute Performance Management &
Education, Professional or Technical Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills,
Aptitudes, Experience, Training:
Degree in a relevant biological science, geostatistical or equivalent related subject.
Higher level of experience in the use of Microsoft Word, Excel, Access,
Demonstrated experience in statistical design, methods and GIS packages.
Demonstrated experience in data entry, and extraction from relational databases.
Demonstrated aptitude and ability in writing detailed scientific reports.
Knowledge of research survey techniques.
Demonstrated experience of working relationships with the fishing industry.
Effective written and verbal communications skills at all levels.
The ability to manage time effectively and meet multiple deadlines.
Familiarity with the Irish and European fishing industries and with the work
programme of Fisheries Science Services.
Sufficiently fit for ENG II medical.
Full clean driver’s licence.
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Knowledge of fish stock assessment techniques.
Work experience in data collection management in marine fisheries.
A proven track record in relevant related research.
Experience of working aboard fisheries research and commercial fishing vessels
Special Personal Attributes required for the Job
Dynamic and reliable. Self-sufficiency while being a good team player.
Experience in supervising and collaborating with members of a technical team.
Ability to effectively communicate results of teamwork in written and
An ability to maintain work output under difficult conditions whilst at sea.
The ability to work on your own initiative and be an effective team player.
Remuneration is in accordance with the contributory salary scale of Scientific &
Technical Officer, as approved by the Department of Finance which starts at €34,126.
This position includes membership of the Marine Institute Pensions schemes. The
Marine Institute has an established PRSA scheme.
Annual Leave entitlement for a full time STO is 23 working days per annum, exclusive
of Public Holidays and pro rated with time work. All leave must be approved in
advance by the Demersal Team Lead or an authorised official.
Duration of Contract
A contract of indefinite duration (DCR funded) will be issued to work in this Data
Collection Regulation role as a Demersal STO with a 6 month probationary period. If
funding is lost or the project or role is no longer required, then an assessment will be
carried out of the Institute’s operational requirements. On foot of that review, particular
positions which will no longer be funded may cease. In such an event, objective,
transparent and non discriminatory criteria will be applied in accordance with relevant
legal requirements. The Marine Institute will keep you informed as to the attainment of
the purpose and/or availability of funding.
How to apply
A CV and letter of application should be sent to Brenda Coyne, Human Resources,
Marine Institute, Rinville, Oranmore, Galway by 16:00 (4p.m.) on Tuesday 17th
February 2008. Late Applications will not be accepted.
Applications will be accepted both by post and email to firstname.lastname@example.org . You
should however, be aware that your application will not be valid until you have
received confirmation from the HR team.
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