Temporary Field Researcher

The Economics team at Seafish is currently recruiting for several exciting, fixed-term field research positions to collect data relating UK fishing businesses.


Contract: Fixed-term (approx. 10 weeks) contract commencing 02/07/18

Salary: Competitive, plus performance related bonus

Location: Edinburgh based, with extensive travel across the UK

The Sea Fish Industry Authority (Seafish) supports all sectors of the seafood industry for a profitable, sustainable and socially responsible future. We provide services to all parts of the seafood industry.

About the Role:

  • This role is Edinburgh based and requires extensive travel throughout the UK.
  • Visiting ports across the country, researchers will arrange and undertake face-to-face interviews with vessel owners and skippers. 
  • Researchers will spend up to 5 days in a new survey area each week, traveling between ports in the area to interview vessel owners and skippers. 
  • This is not an average 9am-5pm role, researchers may have to adapt their schedule to suit the working patterns of fishermen. In some instances anti-social working hours may be required. 
  • Extensive office based training in interview techniques, health & safety, and a background to the seafood industry will be provided during the week beginning 2nd July

Skills & Personal Attributes:

  • Excellent communication skills. Researchers must be confident and effective communicators; the role requires significant face-to-face interviewing of industry personnel. 
  • Pro-active, self-motivated and independent. The role involves a significant amount of lone working. Researchers are responsible for planning their own schedule while in the field and must be organised and able to work unsupervised on multiple tasks.
  • A full, valid, manual driving license is essential for this role. Researchers must be confident drivers as the role involves a significant amount of driving on major and minor roads.
  • A Degree in social or natural sciences. Experience in qualitative research or conducting face-to-face interviews is desirable but not essential as training will be provided. 

Reward Package Includes:

  • Basic salary plus performance based bonus for achieving survey targets.
  • Travel, subsistence and out of pocket expenses covered while in the field.
  • Relevant clothing and PPE will be provided as required.

To apply, please send your CV and cover letter to: fleet.survey@seafish.co.uk, highlighting any relevant research experience and lone working experience. Please also indicate your interview availability on the following dates: 4th, 8th & 11th May 2018.

The closing date for all applications is Thursday 26th April 2018.

For further information about Seafish please visit: www.seafish.org 

For an informal discussion about the role please contact Kirsten Milliken on 0131 524 8668 or Steve Lawrence on 0131 524 8663.