Marine Fisheries Principal Consultant

Paul Coulson | June 25th 2022

About the role

Are you currently a marine fisheries specialist who has gained consultancy experience? Perhaps you come from a regulatory body or academic background and want to develop your experience within a world class consultancy.

With the support of APEM’s highly experienced fisheries team you will be responsible for the coordination and delivery of tendering activity and all aspects of project delivery including fisheries survey design, stakeholder and client engagement, data review/data collation and data analysis and interpretation.

You will be a technical lead for marine fisheries ecology, providing expertise, advice and guidance to colleagues and clients with extensive understanding of marine ecology assessment requirements. Overseeing and providing expert review for a wide range of marine ecological assessments (e.g. scoping reports, EIA, HRA reports, WFD assessments) is an essential part of the role. In addition, you will have management responsibilities for a variety of fisheries projects ensuring delivery to a diverse client base.

You will ideally have experience of the marine power sector with a good knowledge of the requirements for power station and renewable power (tidal and offshore wind) development assessments including fish entrapment, fish screening and noise and vibration interpretation.

A key aspect of the Principal role will be line management responsibilities as you will be leading a team of consultants and be responsible for the mentoring and training of individuals and staff development via APEM’s internal development scheme.

Business development is an important aspect of the role including maintaining relationships with existing clients and seeking new clients and marine fisheries project opportunities. You will be encouraged to attend or present at conferences / events and undertake training to develop your skills, giving you the chance to influence how we best meet our client needs in a growing and ever-changing market.

About you

We are looking for an individual with a strong team ethic and keen to work with colleagues across a range of marine and fisheries disciplines. You will be driven by the requirements for sustainable development in the marine environment and the need for environmental protection and effective management.

You will have over 3 years of experience in marine fisheries ecology and ecological assessment, preferably within a consultancy setting.

Able to demonstrate an excellent understanding of marine fisheries ecology and assessment with relevant commercial awareness, the successful candidate will have a detailed knowledge and understanding of policy/legislation relevant to marine ecology conservation and its application for marine ecology assessments.

You will successfully work across diverse specialist teams and have a good track record of client management, and successfully developing, maintaining, and managing external stakeholder relationships.

The successful candidate will ideally have line management experience and/or a strong aspiration to continue to develop their skills within a line management role, with a drive to effectively develop and mentor members of your team.

A high level of attention to detail, the ability to work to tight timeframes, good delegation skills and the provision of specialist technical input are key aspects of the role. You will also be keen to work closely with the senior management team to expand APEM’s marine fisheries capabilities and project portfolio.

Required skills:

You will ideally have the following experience:

  • M.Sc. or Ph.D. in marine ecology or related discipline
  • Understanding of relevant marine policy/legislation
  • Ability to organise and coordinate marine fisheries surveys
  • Coordination, completion and review of fish and shellfisheries chapters of impact assessments (including HRA, EIA)
  • Excellent business development and client engagement skills
  • Extensive experience of stakeholder engagement including with SNCBs
  • Experience of the power sector and associated fisheries assessments
  • Line management experience and / or aspirations for line management
  • Managing and delivering large scale environmental projects

In addition, you will have

  • Excellent communication and reporting skills
  • Extensive use of Word and Excel

Proficiency in GIS software packages would be advantageous.


Further details below

Marine Fisheries Principal Consultant

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