Department of Regional NSW
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Senior Fisheries Scientist

Senior Fisheries Scientist

  • 501706
  • Marine and Coastal Management
  • Ongoing, full-time position
  • A remuneration package ranging from $109,371 to $126,822 + superannuation + leave loading and flex leave
  • Located in Taylors Beach

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

The Senior Fisheries Scientist will develop and manage scientific research programs and projects for extensive aquaculture, particularly molluscs, in collaboration with the Research Leader; conduct research, prepare scientific reports for peer review and publication; identify and leverage potential funding sources and lead a team of multi-disciplined specialists to deliver high levels of professional services.

Key responsibilities for the Senior Fisheries Scientist include, but not limited to:

  • Develop and manage a portfolio of scientific research projects and program plans in consultation with Fisheries managers, stakeholders, and funding bodies
  • Identify potential external funding sources and grants and develop strategies to supplement the DPI Fisheries core funding for Fisheries scientific research and related programs
  • Provide timely, expert advice and recommendations to the Director of Fisheries Research, Research Leader, Senior Scientists and key stakeholder groups
  • Build and maintain effective stakeholder relationships to maximise the efficient and effective completion of key activities or experiments and delivery of projects.
  • Manage a team of multi discipline specialists, assign work and oversee work performance and facilitate their ongoing professional development.
  • Represent DPI Fisheries in a professional manner at research conferences, stakeholder meetings etc and promote the research activities of DPI Fisheries at external events

What makes a great Senior Fisheries Scientist?

This is a role for someone with attention to detail, problem solving skills, excellent communication, and a can-do attitude. You will be someone who has an interest in mollusc research and natural resource management and enjoys working collaboratively with diverse stakeholders.

Knowledge and experience

  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in managing key activities associated with mollusc breeding programs
  • Demonstrated experience providing advice and extension to industry on hatchery techniques and breeding
  • Demonstrated leadership to oversee mollusc facilities, leases and equipment used for mollusc research and production
  • Demonstrated knowledge of extensive aquaculture, invertebrates, micro & macroalgae
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in collaborative research projects
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience leading a specialist team

Essential requirements

  • Qualifications in accordance with the Scientific Officers, Various Departments Agreement No. 2433 of 1982, along with relevant qualifications and experience in the areas of experimental design and aquatic science.
  • Detailed knowledge and experience of issues relating to the NSW oyster industry and sustainable management of fisheries resources in NSW.

Applying for the Role

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

Application Closing Date – 19 December 2022

For further information about this opportunity please contact Michael Dove – Research Leader at or on 0409 304 210

Please view the role description here.

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.

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