Position title: Report writer (including offshore environmental scientist)
Employment: Full-time permanent position
Salary: 20-25k dependent on qualifications and experience
Ocean Science Consulting Limited (OSC) seeks to expand its UK-based team, with a rare full-time employment opportunity for a marine science on/offshore report writer. Applicants require a high level of literacy and numeracy, and should be able to perform basic scientific data collection, input, and analysis over a range of marine scientific subjects, including, but not limited to, Marine Mammal Observation (MMO), Passive Acoustic Monitoring (PAM), Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) data analysis (not piloting), benthic sampling, copy-editing of pre-written reports, potential involvement with peer-reviewed publications and articles, etc. This role is split between time on/offshore, with project durations ranging from a few days to a few months at sea, and during weather and/or operational downtime offshore, all OSC employees revert to their job-description day-to-day duties, so the individual must be self-motivated. Onshore, the position is based at the OSC’s headquarters in Dunbar, East Lothian, Scotland.
In the capacity of report writer, the candidate will work closely with the Directors, Team Manager, OSC’s employees and contractors, to produce and deliver high calibre industry reports in short time periods, with tight deadlines, sometimes outside usual working hours. This is a commercial, not academic position. Offshore, the candidate will be expected to perform duties within the scope of the position.
OSC is a privately-owned technology-focused international marine science company involved principally in the global supply of underwater noise measurement and modelling, marine mammal monitoring, and associated risk mitigation services. OSC reinvests > 80% of profits into Research and Development (R&D), orientated primarily towards high-level research on the harbour porpoise (Phocoena phocoena) and other marine life interactions with offshore installations, and improving marine mammal and environmental monitoring standards worldwide.
OSC’s research has resulted in several peer-reviewed publications (www.osc.co.uk/publications-and-press-covers) and a non-profit book entitled the Marine Mammal Observer and Passive Acoustic Monitoring Handbook (www.pelagicpublishing.com/the-marine-mammal-observer-and-passive-acoustic-monitoring-handbook.html)
A successful candidate will have the following
- A demonstrated track-record of producing high-calibre reports, not including academic theses and dissertations;
- A degree (minimum 2:1) in a relevant scientific marine discipline (marine biology/ oceanography/marine ecology/environmental science);
- Excellent grammar, punctuation, spelling, and writing style;
- A genuine interest in marine monitoring methods, ecology, and an understanding of the physical oceanographic process affecting species;
- Ability to collect, assimilate, prepare, analyse, and interpret data for the purposes of a report, to a standard suitable for an industry client to read;
- Prior MMO/PAM work in either research or commercial sector, interest in spending time aboard vessels/rigs collecting data in a variety of weather conditions;
- MMO/PAM JNCC certification;
- BOSIET, and offshore medical (O&G or ENG1);
- UK or EU citizenship, or visa which permits work within UK and EU;
- Ability to work offshore for prolonged periods of time;
- Ability to collaborate within a team setting to produce high-calibre publications and reports;
- Prior experience using Endnote, or similar referencing software;
- Ability to use statistical software such as R, SigmaPlot, and Primer;
- Ability to prioritise workloads, and to work under pressure when met with deadlines;
- Ability to work in isolated environments, and be productive with limited contact from onshore personnel; and,
- Genuine interest about the business, and the industry including commercial awareness.
The following are desirable:
- Prior experience in the commercial sector as a report writer;
- Prior experience using grab samplers, coring, conducting benthic surveys, and analysing ROV footage; and,
- Ability to use software such as MATLAB and GIS.
Do not apply if you are easily prone to seasickness, unfit medically, or not prepared to spend long periods away from home (>6 consecutive weeks, occasionally more), although durations are usually less.
Apply only if you meet the requirements. Preference will go towards candidates with pre-existing offshore certifications, or those willing to acquire qualifications before commencing employment. A sense of humour helps in this industry role. Short-listed candidates should expect to receive written and skill-based tests prior to-and during the interview process.
If interested, please send your CV and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Please activate a return/read receipt function on your email application, as high volumes of applicants are expected.
Application deadline: 10 March 2019
OSC Recruitment Team.