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Assistant Scientific Officer


Location: Loughs Agency HQ (Foyle Area)

Closing Date: 24/05/2021 3:00 pm

Salary: ASO / £21,370 to £23,483 per annum

Assistant Scientific Officer (Temporary)  REF: ASO/21

3 vacancies – 26 week contracts – Monday 21st June – Friday 17th December (Dates subject to change) (Subject to funding and with a possible extension)


Essential Criteria

Applicants must demonstrate that they possess the following criteria, by the closing date for applications.  Each essential criteria will be applied.

  • 5 GCSEs (Grade A-C) or equivalent including Mathematics, English Language and one Science subject; and
  • 6 months work experience in a minimum of two of these areas (i.e. 12 months in total):
    • Fisheries;
    • Laboratory/ water quality sampling
    • Fieldwork;
    • Working in the freshwater environment;
    • Electrofishing survey;
    • Working in the marine environment, and
  • Candidates must hold a full current driving licence (with not more than 6 penalty points) held for a minimum of two years.


Desirable Criteria

 Some or all of the following criteria MAY be used in the event of a large number of suitably qualified applications.

  1.  In the first instance – A degree, or working towards a degree in Fishery Science, Environmental Science, Marine Science, Biological Sciences, Environmental Management or another related subject.
  2. In the second instance – 1 years’ work experience to include any, or a combination, of these areas:
    • Fisheries data analysis;
    • Electro-fishing survey;
    • Lake fish/ netting survey;
    • River habitat monitoring;
    • Water quality monitoring;
    • Laboratory work/ water quality analysis;
    • Equipment calibration;
    • Macro-invertebrate analysis.


Closing date for applications is 3pm Monday 24th May 2021



Candidate Information Booklet

Application Form

Monitoring Form

Contact Details

22 Victoria Road - currently closed
BT47 2AB

+44 (0) 28 71 342100

D'arcy Magee Court - currently closed
Dundalk Street
County Louth

+353 (0) 42 938 3888

Application Pack


Following the Government’s advice in relation to COVID-19, Loughs Agency has put in place a number of measures to maximise our capacity to continue to deliver our services as best we can.