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Fish Health Inspector
Published:  28 November, 2012

£22,173 - £25,165

We are seeking applications for a Fish Health Inspector within the Aquaculture and Marine Environment Programme of Marine Scotland Science based at the Marine Laboratory, Aberdeen. Our Fish Health Inspectors work to prevent the introduction and control the spread of listed diseases within aquatic animals in Scotland.

As a warranted Fish Health Inspector you will work as part of a team carrying out sampling and inspection visits (under UK and EU legislation) to fish and shellfish farms to assist the inspectorate in maintaining the health of wild and farmed fish.  You will produce written reports on all cases within the required timescales, provide advice on fish health and aquaculture matters in a timely manner, and work as part of a team to complete the technical administrative duties of the group, such as participating in the Duty Inspector and On Call Inspector rotas. 

You must be willing to work with live fish and dissect fish tissues.  As many locations are remote, you must also be willing to travel away from home, often on boats, to access aquaculture facilities. This will normally be for 3-4 nights per week, for 1, but possibly 2 or 3 weeks per month.  The post also offers an attractive, mandatory formal training course in Aquatic Animal Health, provided by the University of Stirling, on a part time basis over a period of three years.

Qualifications & Experience Required
Ideally you will hold a degree in a relevant science discipline. However you must hold a minimum of 3 SCE Higher or A Level qualifications (Only grades A, B and C are acceptable) with one being in a scientific subject plus relevant experience. It is also essential that you have a background in the field of biological sciences and you must be an excellent communicator and team player and have the ability to produce reports using Microsoft Word and Excel. A current full UK driving licence is required.

In addition, it is desirable that you will have relevant experience in the area of fish and shellfish health and diseases, as well as a working knowledge of the Scottish Aquaculture industry. Further details on the duties and experience required for this post can be found in the Person Specification & Further Information for Job Applicants which can be downloaded from our website.

This vacancy contributes towards the Scottish Government National Outcome ‘We value and enjoy our built and natural environment and protect and enhance it for future generations’. For information on Scottish Government National Outcomes visit

This is a permanent and pensionable appointment. New entrants will normally start on the minimum of the pay range. 

Candidates with a disability who meet the minimum essential criteria for the appointment will be invited to the assessment centre.
To apply, please click the “Apply” button.

Completed applications must be submitted by 7th of December 2012.  We welcome applications from all suitably qualified people and aim to employ a diverse workforce which reflects the people of Scotland.

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