National Fish Labs - Environment Agency

National Fish Labs

National Labs – Laboratory Technician (Molecular)

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The National Fisheries Laboratory team is the single point of expertise in identifying, monitoring, and limiting the impact of current and future threats to fisheries and the aquatic environment in England.

Our Team is supporting environmental detection and monitoring initiatives across England through a growing portfolio of molecular services to identify fish populations, pathogens and non-native fishes. Our team also deliver post-mortem and laboratory diagnostics (parasitology, bacteriology, histology, fish ageing) and provide technical advice and guidance to inform our regulation on England’s freshwater fish population.

As part of the Environment Agency, you will play your part in protecting and improving the environment. We are working with government, local councils, businesses, civil society groups and communities to meet the challenges of climate change and make our environment a better place for wildlife and people.

Laboratory Technician – Molecular

You’ll be working with our molecular technical specialist in managing a growing portfolio of work for internal and external customers. You’ll deliver scientific evidence to strengthen our operational and regulatory duties to maintain, improve, and develop freshwater fisheries in England. You’ll also support across our core disciplines to ensure delivery of our services to area operational teams and external fishery customers.
A key focus of your role will be the development and day-to-day operation of our molecular laboratories and will have responsibilities that include overseeing the processing of samples, ensuring quality standards, data analyses, interpretation, reporting, maintaining equipment through the management of service contracts, writing COSHH and Risk Assessments, maintaining laboratory supplies and more. This is a senior role and will require training of staff from diverse backgrounds and working with other senior team members facilitate the smooth delivery of our services.

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Make a real difference

The well-being of fish stocks across England, whether river, lake, or sea, is critical to ensuring the health and balance of the ecosystems within our waterways across the country. Your work will actively contribute to building a more resilient and sustainable environment in which fish stocks can thrive.

Professional Growth

The Environment Agency offers opportunities for career advancement and the chance to work on diverse and impactful projects; you’ll gain valuable experience and enhance your skills as part of our dedicated team. It’s not just your own professional development that will be encouraged. You’ll play a vital role in coordinating the delivery of technical training and mentoring of staff on laboratory testing and reporting procedures.