The Marine Conservation Society
Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire
£23,500 - £27,800 per year
Contract, Full-time
Job description

Ratings Officer - Good Fish Guide

Contract: 3 year fixed term contract
Salary range: £23,500 – £27,800 per annum
Location: Ross-on-Wye with flexibility for some home working
Closing date: Midnight on Sunday 3rd Nov 2019
Provisional interview: 21st & 22nd November or 2 & 3 December 2019

Our seas face a wide range of threats and 90% of global fish stocks are already fished at or above their maximum capacity and our demand for seafood is set to increase. Aquaculture is rapidly expanding to meet this demand, but if this is done badly it can also damage the environment and exacerbate these other problems. The good news is that we have the ability to influence the sustainability of our seafood. 

Consumer awareness regarding the sustainability of seafood has been increasing in recent years, and it was this demand for knowledge that led to MCS publishing the Good Fish Guide in 2002. Since then, we have gone on to help thousands of consumers and businesses understand more about the pressures on our wild fisheries resources and environmental issues associated with the production of farmed seafood, and the important role they can play in turning this around. We have developed a number of tools to help businesses and consumers make the most sustainable fish purchases, including our in-depth online Good Fish Guide, associated app and handy pocket-sized guide for making decisions on the go. Survey results indicate that businesses that refer to our ratings provide over 20% of the seafood consumed in the UK, yet we want to increase our reach and impact in the coming years and we are growing our team to support these plans. 

We are now looking for a Ratings Officer to join our Fisheries & Aquaculture team so that our research, assessments and ratings database can be maintained and increased. 

With your knowledge of the sustainable seafood movement, as well as fisheries and aquaculture management and production, you will be rigorous and detail-focused in researching new information and updating our existing knowledge on the sustainability of seafood that is most commonly consumed in the UK. You will use our methodologies to produce assessments and ratings for our Good Fish Guide.

Key Skills

- Good understanding of different aquaculture production and/or commercial fishing methods (ideally both), and associated ecological risks and management issues
- Excellent analytical and critical evaluation skills, in particular of technical scientific fishing and/or aquaculture reports and policy content
- Proven ability to summarise and communicate complex scientific information in a clear and simple way to a range of audiences, both orally and written
- Excellent organisational skills and attention to detail for working in databases and achieving deadlines
- Strong team working and communication skills
- Ability to remain motivated with focused work

How to apply and further information

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MCS is an equal opportunities employer welcoming applications from all sections of the community.

Eligibility to work in the UK is required.

Registered Charity No: 1004005 (England and Wales) SC037480 (Scotland)

Other organisations may call this role Research Officer, Commercial Fishing Researcher, Sustainable Seafood Research Officer, Sustainable Seafood Officer, Fisheries and Aquaculture Officer, Sustainable Seafood Researcher, or Fishing Sustainability Officer. 

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Posted on: 21 October 2019
Closed date: 03 November 2019
Job ref: HKUSH0311/CC-MI-CC
Tags: Policy/Research