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Fisheries Scientist

Fisheries Scientist

  • 502481
  • Marine and Coastal Management
  • Science and Technology

Undertake research and provide scientific advice into the fisheries resources of NSW as part of the management of the NSW Marine Estate with DPI Fisheries.

  • Ongoing, Full-time role
  • A remuneration package ranging from $67,975 to $104,994pa plus super
  • Located in Taylors Beach (Port Stephens Fisheries Institute) or other location by negotiation.

Who is the Department of Regional NSWWhy work for us? 

Diversity and inclusion are core values of the Department of Regional NSW. We encourage applications from people with a range of backgrounds, experiences and perspectives. This includes differences in culture, gender, sexual orientation, language and disability status or other attributes.

The Department of Regional NSW is a workplace where everyone is able to contribute and participate to their full potential, and we are proud to have a team that reflects the richness and complexity of the regional NSW communities we serve.

NSW Primary Industries (NSW DPI) within Department of Regional NSW supports the development of profitable primary industries that create a more prosperous NSW and contributes to a better environment through the sustainable use of natural resources.

DPI Fisheries, a Branch of NSW DPI, is responsible for administration of the Fisheries Management Act 1994 and the Marine Estate Management Act 2014. The primary objective of the Fisheries branch is to deliver on expectations relating to both economic growth and careful stewardship of our aquatic resources. The Branch leads NSW fisheries and aquaculture industry management, development and conservation through research, policy and regulatory compliance to foster sustainable and economically viable commercial, recreational and aboriginal fishing and aquaculture sectors. The Branch manages the protection of key fish habitats and marine biodiversity, threatened species, oversees fish stock conservation.

About the role:

As a Fisheries Scientist, you will be responsible for the daily supervision of fisheries research projects, the design and implementation of field and laboratory work, statistical analysis and modelling of fishery-dependent data, and preparation of scientific outputs. This is a fantastic opportunity for a marine science professional to have an impact on our aquatic environment.

Working as a Fisheries Scientist, you will:

  • Supervise and undertake fisheries scientific research programs including training and directing staff in experimental protocols and ensuring relevant experiments and activities are completed within budget and within appropriate time and quality standards
  • Maintain databases, manipulate data and undertake comprehensive statistical analyses ensuring optimal accuracy and integrity of data
  • Provide information, advice and recommendations to the Director of Fisheries Research, Research Leader and Senior Scientists as requested or anticipated; provide accurate and timely advice to key stakeholder groups, including fisheries managers
  • Publish scientific findings; present research findings to fisheries management, industry and community groups; produce and publish written reports and scientific papers in international journals.
  • Manage reporting staff and external contractors to assist with field and laboratory work; develop and manage individual technician work-plans and facilitate their ongoing professional development
  • Manage the Fisheries Research Unit’s operations including preparing, reviewing and reporting on budgets, staff allocation, work schedules and staff outcomes
  • Represent NSW DPI Fisheries at research conferences, stakeholder meetings, etc and promote the research activities of NSW DPI Fisheries at external events to ensure the integration of science in industry and government planning

Essential requirements

  • Qualifications in accordance with the Scientific Officers, Various Departments Agreement No. 2433 of 1982, along with relevant qualifications and comprehensive understanding of scientific methodologies and fisheries-related research techniques, particularly those related to monitoring commercial fisheries
  • Experience in seeking and securing competitive research grants
  • Experience in contemporary statistical modelling approaches, ideally with fisheries data, and proficiency in statistical programming languages (e.g. R)

Applying for the Role

Apply online by submitting a current resume and brief cover letter (maximum 2 pages) that outlines your skills and experience relevant to the role.

Applications Close: 11:55pm Tuesday 31st January 2023

For further information about this opportunity please contact Daniel Johnson on 02 4916 3924 or 0429 776 619 or via daniel.johnson@dpi.nsw.gov.au.

You can also view the full role description.

Additional Information

A talent pool may be created from this recruitment action for ongoing and temporary roles of the same standard that may become available for filling over the next eighteen months. The successful applicant in this role may be required to undergo a police check, health assessment and other assessments as required.

The Department of Regional NSW brings together under one super-charged umbrella the skill, insights, expertise, and authority to shape a dynamic future for the state’s regional areas.  

  • The groups within our cluster work hard to identify obstacles, map solutions and drive outcomes for the people of regional NSW 
  • We are the only central government agency devoted solely to people in regional areas. With nearly 80 percent of our staff living in the community we serve, we are strategic thinkers, problem solvers, and the friend on the ground in good times and bad. 
  • Our evidence-based, collaborative approach is building thriving communities across regional NSW for generations to come  
  • We’re here for regional NSW, for the long term. 


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