Technical Specialist - Fisheries Incident Management - 27869

Staff Grade 5
Fixed Term
Full Time, Part Time, Part Time/Job Share, Compressed Hours
Environment & Sustainability, Science
£37,462 Pro-rata
This is an exciting opportunity with the National Fisheries Laboratory (NFL) to play a key role in maintaining and improving the quality and consistency of our organisational response to fish disease incidents. Effective incident response is key to the work the NFL undertakes for the organisation, ensuring we can respond, manage, monitor, and proactively plan for fish disease outbreaks. As a specialist in managing fisheries incidents you will work directly with the NFL and across national and area fisheries teams to advise, educate, and support the operational response to fish disease incidents. On a strategic level you will provide a national perspective of fish disease incidents and provide information to the business in support of meeting the organisations regulatory and legal duties.
You will be part of the National Fisheries Laboratory (NFL) team, working closely with their specialists, and wider national and area fisheries teams. The NFL is an enthusiastic and high achieving national team, contributing to the protection and management of inland fisheries across England. This diagnostic laboratory has an expansive work remit from health checks and incident response to risk assessment, surveillance, and monitoring. The NFL's work directly informs the organisation’s regulation of fisheries.
Sound knowledge of fish disease incidents, incident management, and associated regulatory frameworks and processes.
Good organisational and planning skills with the ability to prioritise and deliver results effectively.
Ability to take initiative, be flexible, solve problems, and make risk-based decisions.
Excellent communicator at all levels, and in multiple forms.
Ability to prioritise demanding seasonal workloads and be comfortable working to tight deadlines.
Strong team ethic with ability to consider wider team pressures and workloads.
Experience in working with a variety of customers, partners and /or stakeholders.
Good organisational awareness and knowledge of the fisheries sector within it, including its key stakeholders and customers.
Good IT skills.
We have flexible ways of working that promote diversity and inclusion. You will be able to work flexibly from one of our offices, the National Fisheries Laboratory (NFL), and from home. Given the daily interactions required with the NFL, visits to the Laboratory will be required, and their frequency will depend on your level of experience and ability to communicate. Occasional travel to other offices or external venues may be required for meetings (office and site based).

For an informal discussion about the role contact James Askham via email or phone 07557 633789.

21/10/2023, 23:55 hours

Basic Check
Up to 12 months
Achieves Results

Fish mortality incidents can be complex, emotive and require skilled and careful communications are required to ensure our investigations deliver for the affected fisheries and for regulatory controls. At the same time, we must balance the appropriate use of resources against an appropriate response. The successful candidate will be able to work efficiently under pressure and be able to give fast and effective guidance and support to area officers, whilst applying a national prioritisation of incidents and support resources. They will ensure their work is of the highest standard.


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Focuses on Customers and Partners

During incidents, the post holder will deal with leading area officers, the fisheries laboratory, the Fish Health Inspectorate (FHI) and, possibly, fishery owners, managers and the public. The successful candidate will be able to clearly and calmly advise all of these parties on the best practice options for each event, based on the evidence presented and within legal and regulatory frameworks. They will need to ensure that all parties are aware of the circumstances of each incident and retain effective incident records to enable tracking of cases and our responses. It is vital that the successful candidate can recognise what style and level of communication is required for different customers and adapt accordingly.


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Influences and Persuades Others

The post holder will be responsible for advising and influencing area officers in the application of best practice for fisheries incident investigations and biosecurity and the following of our legal obligations in respect of disease controls. Strong interpersonal skills, and the ability to influence actions will be required.


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Takes Decisions and Solves Problems

The complexity of disease outbreaks and our understanding of the factors that cause them is increasing. The successful candidate must be able to interpret information from area officers at incidents to enable the most appropriate response commensurate with the scale of incident and the likely causes. An ability to take on information and advise decisively will be critical to the role.


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If you are applying from the Civil Service please note that the Environment Agency is not a part of HM Civil Service and you would not be a Crown Servant in the event of being appointed. Therefore, you will not be eligible for continuous service. For applicants who currently work in local government or other bodies listed in the Redundancy Payments (Continuity of Employment in Local Government etc) (Modification) Order 1999, you may be eligible for continuous service for the purpose of calculating any future redundancy payment. If you are unsure of your status then you should contact your own HR Team.

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