Fishing Mate

06 Nov 2017

We currently have 3 vacancies for the post of Fishing Mate working as part of Marine Scotland (Compliance), based on our Marine Research Vessels with the possibility of working on any of Marine Scotland’s vessels.

The Marine Research Vessel’s main function is to ensure efficient and effective provision at sea to support the work of the scientific programme within Marine Scotland. Information gathered on research cruises is essential to the success of the scientific programme. To ensure this success both Marine Research Vessels are fitted with a wide range of deployment and recovery facilities for fishing gear and equipment, scientific and environmental sensors, and data gathering systems.

The Marine Patrol Vessels are involved in monitoring compliance with International, UK and National rules and regulations of licensed activities in the marine environment around Scotland out to 200 miles and beyond when required. This includes enforcing UK, EU and International fisheries laws and regulations. This is intended to assist the conservation of fish stocks and in creating the conditions necessary for the existence of a modern and sustainable sea fishing industry.

Qualifications Required

As a minimum, candidates for the Fishing Mate post either have a Deck Officer Certificate of Competency (Fishing Vessel) Class 1 or 2, or Second Hand (Full) Certificate. This certificate must have STCW95 capacity of either Master, Chief Mate or Navigational OOW entered therein. The certificate may be endorsed with the limitation "Standby, Seismic Survey and Oceanographic Research Vessels only.
Other educational qualifications equivalent to these may also be acceptable.

Before applying, please ensure that you have these (or equivalent) educational qualifications. Applicants without them will not be considered for appointment. If you are in any doubt about your qualifications, please ask for our advice before you apply. Alternatively the Maritime Coastguard Agency can offer advice on seafaring qualifications. Before offering you an appointment we will require to see your original certificates.

Essential Criteria

1. Up to date knowledge of the marine industry.
2. Good communication skills.

For further details and to apply online, visit our website at To apply, you must fully complete and submit an online application via our website before the closing date. To learn more about this opportunity, please contact Tom Wilson at

If you experience any difficulties accessing our website or completing the online application form, please contact the Recruitment team at

The Scottish Government
Date Posted:
Job Title:
Fishing Mate
£37,233 - £40,412