Job title: Research Officer Brown Trout Research Programme
Job type: Permanent
Emp type: Full-time
Industry: Agriculture Fishing and Forestry
Expertise: Aquaculture & Fisheries
Location: Ireland
Job published: 21/11/2019
Job ID: 32108

Job Description

The Research officer will be a member of the clients team. He/she will be responsible for leading a scientific research programme on brown trout (or other species if necessary). The successful candidate will have demonstrated excellence in planning and execution of applied scientific studies in field situations. The work will involve both desk and field investigations. The successful candidate will have academic and practical experience of fisheries science and will also have experience conducting common fisheries related analyses.


  • Working with the Senior Research Officer to develop a comprehensive and innovative research programme for brown trout in Ireland.
  • Manage staff and monitor staff performance when required.
  • Completion of Performance reviews for all direct reports when required.
  • Active involvement in recruitment campaigns when required.
  • Tendering and procurement of equipment.
  • Provision of task schedules for all survey work.
  • Compile standard operating procedures (SOPs) for any new work activities.
  • Must have a vision for the future of brown trout research in Ireland.
  • Review advancements in brown trout research internationally, e.g. in relation to various pressures in rivers and lakes, e.g. climate change.
  • Data collection on the distribution, biology and ecology of fish populations in selected waterbodies (including abundance, composition and age structure) at appropriate times, with a specific focus on brown trout.
  • Process and collate scale, otolith and opercular bone samples to provide information on age profile and growth rates of fish species.
  • Undertake data processing and analysis (common fisheries related analyses) as necessary, including using relevant statistical and modelling techniques.
  • Ability to work as part of a team e.g. punctuality, flexible approach to duties.
  • Ability to work unsupervised for periods of time.
  • Commitment and self-motivation.
  • Excellent oral, written and numeracy skills.
  • A strong expertise in statistical analysis or modelling is required to be able to support and produce documents, briefing papers, presentations, etc.
  • Takes a pro-active approach towards development of self and others.
  • Excellent attention to detail with the ability to spot errors and question information received.
  • Honest and trustworthy.
  • Acts with integrity at all times.
  • Customer service skills.
  • Previous outdoor experience and field craft working in aquatic habitats.
  • A relevant Diploma or Degree or equivalent.
  • Proficient in Excel, Word, Powerpoint, etc.
  • Demonstrable experience of field survey and data collection in water / outdoors, working outdoors in all weathers, e.g. electrofishing and various types of netting.
  • Experience in fish ageing.
  • Demonstrable project management experience.
  • Demonstrable experience in data processing and analysis and in use of statistical packages (e.g. R).
  • Demonstrable experience of a high level of proficiency with GIS, - and database software.
  • Demonstrable self-motivation and flexibility.
  • Presentations skills.
  • Full driving license.
The position will require flexibility regarding working hours.
There may be considerable travelling and residing in locations across Ireland, whilst conducting field work in all weather conditions. Travelling on a daily or weekly basis will be a requirement. Transport will be provided for field duties.
RESEARCH OFFICER – Brown Trout Research Programme