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Fisheries Observer
  • Employer: Falkland Islands Government
  • Reference: 410/21/165576
  • Published: Fri 17/09/2021, 15:40 PM
  • Closing on: Thu 07/10/2021, 20:30 PM
  • Working Pattern: Evenings, Full Time, Nights, Weekends
  • Hours: 37.5 hours per week
  • Salary: £25k - £28k plus Flights and Gratuity
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Stanley, Falkland Islands. , Falkland Islands

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Fisheries Observer

The Falkland Islands Fishery is recognised globally for its management of sustainable fish stocks. As the single largest contributor to the Falkland Islands' GDP, the continued success of the Fishery is vital to the future economic development of the country. 

The Role

The Natural Resources Department has vacancies for Scientific Fisheries Observer positions for one year in the first instance, with a start date from January 2022.  Observers are required to spend periods of up to five weeks at a time at sea to collect biological and other data on fish and bird species, on board vessels fishing primarily in Falkland Island waters.

The Person

The successful applicant will be required to hold at least a BSc or equivalent in a biological or zoological subject or a further degree such as a MSc or PhD in a relevant subject. The successful candidate will also require a Personal Survival Training certificate OR equivalent. A previous experience as a Fisheries observer would be an asset, although other related marine biology experiences will be considered. 

We are looking for an individual who is motivated, dynamic and independent. The applicant should have solid marine biology competences (species, sex and maturity identification, otoliths extraction) as well as data handling and report writing skills.

The Package

  • Starting Salary - £24,497 up to £28,364 per annum (depending on qualifications and experience) rising to £31,485.
  • Seagoing Allowance - Currently £45.19 per night at sea.
  • Eligibility for a 15% gratuity, payable on successful completion of the contract
  • Flights at the beginning and end of the contract
  • 50 days Annual Leave
  • Shared accommodation to rent when on land

How to Apply

For further information regarding the position please contact Toni Trevizan, Fisheries Observer Co-ordinator, by emailing by calling (+500) 27260.

To apply, please complete our online application form from our vacancy page, by clicking on 'Apply Now' and completing the form.  Alternatively, download an offline form from the same page and email to before the closing date.

Timetable for Recruitment and Selection Process

Closing Date for Applications - 07 October 2021

Shortlisting completed by - 11 October 2021

Interviews - 13-15 October 2021

Falkland Islands Government (FIG)

The Falkland Islands is a British Overseas Territory, with full internal self-government.

As the largest employer in the Falkland Islands, we offer many unique and fulfilling job opportunities, across the full spectrum of public services. Our responsibilities include those typically managed by central government – taxation, legislation and policy, as well as those usually managed on a local level such as town planning, health and social services, and education. FIG also provides services specific to the needs of the Falkland Islands, such as fisheries research, power generation and the Government Air Service, FIGAS.

For more information about working for Falkland Islands Government, take a look at our recruitment microsite:

The Falkland Islands

Set in the South Atlantic Ocean, around 400 miles east of South America and 8000 miles south-west of the UK, the Falkland Islands are a small, thriving community with a British way of life, benefiting from good local services, a varied social calendar and an absence of traffic jams!

The Falkland Islands’ stunning natural environment provides an unspoiled landscape and amazing wildlife to observe and explore, including penguins, whales and dolphins, all seen from the shore.

For those with a sense of adventure, it provides opportunities which are hard to match anywhere else in the world.