Job vacancy: Marine Biologist

  • Employment: Full-time/permanent position
  • Salary: £22,000-28,000 + offshore uplift (depending on qualifications & experience)
  • Location: Dunbar, East Lothian, Scotland, UK
  • Application deadline: 11 April 2022 

Ocean Science Consulting Limited (OSC) is a technology-focused marine science company involved principally in providing environmental services worldwide. OSC specialises in marine mammal and underwater-sound monitoring, acoustical and statistical modelling, Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) surveys, and imagery analyses, and is currently expanding its services portfolio. OSC has a track record for providing environmental monitoring (mitigation for regulatory compliance) and scientific research (field studies and experiments) for a large clientele and range of marine industries.

OSC is seeking a highly motivated Marine Biologist to become a member of its environmental team. The individual should be able to perform data collection and analysis tasks, as well as client reporting. The candidate will focus on marine mammal risk mitigation. Experience with other scientific equipment and instrumentation e.g. noise recorders, C-PODs, acoustic releases, Acoustic Deterrent Devices (ADDs), CTDs, Van Veen Grabs, ROVs is an advantage. This role will be based primarily offshore and at remote locations, with project durations lasting from a few days to periods of months. Offshore duties will comprise Marine Mammal Observer (MMO) and Passive Acoustic Monitoring (PAM) surveys, risk mitigation, distance sampling, environmental sampling, data collection, and client liaison. Between field work, personnel will contribute to shore-based duties at the Company’s headquarters in Dunbar, Scotland. Shore-based duties will include field-work planning, training, EIAs, reviewing environmental licences, client reporting, literature review, ROV imagery analysis, stock control, etc. 

Additional details can be found here: 


  • Data collection (MMO/PAM/environmental survey/ornithology);
  • Provide mitigation advice for offshore industries;
  • Data preparation, entry, and database maintenance; 
  • Source, analyse, and visualise data;
  • Generation of figures and maps for presentations, reports, and publications; and,
  • ROV imagery analysis and taxonomical identification.

The successful candidate will have the following:


  • A degree (minimum 2:1) in a relevant scientific discipline (e.g. marine biology / ecology / oceanography); 
  • JNCC-approved MMO;
  • Prior MMO/PAM/Environmental survey work experience (minimum of 6 months field experience);
  • Offshore survival certifications (BOISET/GWO/O&G medical – can be acquired after accepting position – must have ≥6 months validity left at date of appointment);
  • Legally permitted to work in UK prior to employment; 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office programmes (e.g. Word, Excel, Outlook, Teams);
  • Ability to lift 20 kg; 
  • Genuine interest about the business, and the industry; and,
  • Commercially aware, discreet, and able to handle sensitive information.


  • Experience with equipment deployment; 
  • Knowledge and experience of environmental surveys (e.g. water & sediment sampling);
  • Creation of maps in QGIS (or similar GIS software); 
  • Statistical modelling and analyses of biological datasets in R; 
  • Scientific literature reviews;
  • Knowledge and experience of marine fauna taxonomic identification; and,
  • Prior knowledge or experience of ornithological surveys (ESAS certification is a significant advantage).

OSC is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

Please send your CV and cover letter to There will be a written task as part of the interview process. Interviews are intended to be held week of 18 April 2022.

Kind Regards,

OSC Recruitment Team.

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