Environment Agency - Technical and Scientific Officer
Paul Coulson | December 5th 2023
We are seeking Technical and Scientific Officers to join the National Fisheries Laboratory in Brampton, Cambridgeshire, a high achieving, innovative national team that contributes to the protection and development of freshwater fisheries across England.
These roles will involve work across several disciplines to help ensure delivery of our services to Environment Agency area operational teams and external fisheries customers. We would be particularly interested in hearing from candidates with fish biology / fisheries ecology and / or molecular diagnostic/research laboratory experience.
Our technical and scientific officers have varied roles and work to the highest standards across a range of laboratory diagnostic areas. This includes in support of fish disease incident investigations, with involvement of ageing, parasitology, histology, bacteriology, micro-biology and molecular disciplines. They also perform fish health checks and support non-native fish investigations and national fisheries management and development projects.
The roles will support the delivery of our services in the detection, monitoring and management of fish pathogens and non-native fishes, to support our incident response and regulatory responsibilities. Duties are likely to include fish dissection and the collection, management, and preparation of samples for analysis and processing across our state-of-the-art laboratories, as well as vital reporting elements.
Duties will also likely include operational laboratory support, with responsibilities to maintain accurate records and laboratory supplies, assist with maintenance and servicing contracts and ensuring laboratory, fish holding and associated waste facilities (i.e. chemical and clinical) are well managed. You will also actively embody the highest standards of health, safety, and wellbeing, in line with EA guidance. You will also be required to support with our incident response responsibilities relating to fish disease and non-native fish species and to support incident response across the business.