Position title: Trainee Consultant
Location: Dunbar, East Lothian, UK
Job type: Full-time permanent position
Salary: Competitive salary dependent on qualifications, and experience
Ocean Science Consulting (OSC) Limited seeks to expand its Dunbar-based UK team. Applications are invited for a full-time, trainee Consultant (TC). OSC is an international research and technology-focused marine science company involved principally in the global supply of underwater noise measurement and modelling, marine mammal detection, and risk mitigation services. OSC reinvests > 80% of profits into Research & Development (R&D), orientated primarily towards high-level research on the harbour porpoise (Phocoena phocoena) and other marine life interactions with offshore installations, improving marine mammal and environmental monitoring standards worldwide, and underwater noise. This 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).
OSC seeks a motivated individual to become a valued member of this team. You will be responsible for; proposals, tenders, quality control of data collection/databases, and report writing, seeking out new work opportunities for OSC, dealing with clients and contractors on a first-hand basis. We are looking for a candidate who has some commercial experience in this field. Ideally you will already possess your Marine Mammal Observer (MMO) and Passive Acoustic Monitoring (PAM) certifications, but this is not a requirement for this position. The role may include working offshore in a range of sectors (www.osc.co.uk/sectors/). Do not apply if you are easily prone to seasickness, unfit medically, or not prepared to spend long periods (>6 consecutive weeks, occasionally more) away from home, although durations are usually less.
- Assist with proposals, tenders, and vendor databases/questionnaires;
- Quality control and supervision of databases, data collection, and report writing;
- Contribute to marketing initiatives, preparing marketing literature, social media posts, seeking new work opportunities and contacts/networking; and,
- Assist with supervision and management of contractors.
- Stock control and testing of PAM and other oceanographical equipment;
- MMO, PAM Operator, noise measurement, and any other environmental roles;
- Attend meetings, conferences, and workshops, etc.;
- Administrative duties; and,
- Conduct any duties which your line manager may request reasonably within the broad parameters of your role.
Qualifications, skills, and experience
A degree (minimum 2:1) in a relevant scientific marine discipline. A Masters degree or PhD is not a requirement for this role, but applicants with these level of qualifications are encouraged. Qualifications and experience in financial management and administration would be highly advantageous. Prior offshore experience and possession of medical, BOSIET, MMO, and PAMO certificates, whilst not essential, would be highly beneficial. The candidate must have an excellent standard of spelling, punctuation, and both written and verbal grammar, and be able to write quickly (with a low level of mistakes) at very high level. English is required as a first language; other languages are a bonus, but not essential. Extensive QGIS (or similar) experience is highly desirable, as is the ability to produce figures and QGIS charts at high level. The job requires use of referencing software (Endnote). The candidate must be highly numerate and familiar with and statistical software packages (e.g. SigmaStat, R). The ability to perform statistical modelling (General Linear Modelling, GLM, General Additive Modelling, GAM) is preferred. Knowledge and use of MATLAB is desirable, but not necessary for the role. The successful candidate may also be working in the field as an MMO/PAMO.
To succeed in this role, you will need the following characteristics: Above all, confidence, a love of wildlife, and genuine interest in the harder aspect of working with marine mammals (not just fieldwork). The ability to lead (this position involves management). Enthusiasm, professional, honest and discreet, positive and happy attitude, self-motivated, career-driven, diligent without encouragement, go that extra mile with alacrity (whether for your line manager or the whole OSC team) and see through projects from start to finish with minimal guidance and supervision. Intelligent, capable of autonomous thought, exhibit initiative (often under pressure with minimal deadlines & resources), volunteer ideas for improvements and progress without request, excellent phone manner, willingness for involvement in a wide variety of tasks (including unfamiliar territory), prepared to work in a fast-paced-work environment and meet tight deadlines, and work equally as well independently and as part of a team, highly numerate and literate (both verbally and written), IT and tech-savvy (in particular with Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel), excellent organisation and planning, adept at multitasking and prioritising (TCs can be involved in multiple projects simultaneously), inquiring and interested about the business and its industry, commercial awareness, flexible with working hours (altering start and finish times to reflect management’s requirements across our different world-wide office locations and time zones, and will include occasional evenings and weekends).
Apply only if you meet the aforementioned requirements. Preference will go towards those with pre-existing offshore certifications, but these are not a deal breaker. A sense of humour helps in this industry role. The https://www.amazon.co.uk/Observer-Passive-Acoustic-Monitoring-Handbook-ebook/dp/B00WUP258I/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1518780478&sr=8-1&keywords=marine+mammal+book must be read and understood before commencing work at OSC, and we would strongly recommend candidates to have read the book, and be familiar with our website before interview; candidates will be tested.
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 we expect high volumes of applicants.
Application deadline: 16 March 2018
OSC Recruitment Team.