Responsible to: Fish Health and Welfare Standards Manager

Salary and benefits: Commensurate with experience

Contract: Flexible, terms to be agreed

Location: Flexible, terms to be agreed

About ASC

ASC is an independent, not-for-profit organisation established in 2010 to set and operate global standards for responsible aquaculture. Certified farmed products are promoted to consumers through the use of its logo.

The aquaculture industry is growing steadily and is already supplying more than half of all seafood consumed worldwide, but this growing demand increases the environmental and social footprint associated with this expansion. The ASC certification and labelling programme incentivise improved farming practices by promoting the benefits of responsibly farmed seafood and encourages an industry towards achieving environmental sustainability and social responsibility.

We work with aquaculture producers, seafood processors, retail and foodservice companies, scientists, conservation groups and the public globally to promote the best environmental and social choice in farmed seafood. For more information go to www.asc-aqua.org.

The ASC is a growing organisation. We have around 90 people working from various countries, including the Netherlands, UK, Germany, Spain, Australia, Japan, China, Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, Brazil and the US. There are five functional Departments covering: Standards and Science, Programme Assurance, Market Development, Marketing and Communication, Administration/Governance. We operate an office in Utrecht (NL) and London (UK) for staff based in these countries.

The Standards and Science Department is made up of three Teams: 1) Standards Team, 2) Research Team and 3) Impacts Team. Collectively, these teams cover workstreams that deal with standard development and implementation, conducting research and assimilating data to serve multiple purposes both within and external to the organisation. The Department is expanding but currently consists of 15 staff, each responsible for a number of specific projects as well as operational workflows.

Job Context

The position sits within ASC’s Standards Team. The Standards Team focuses on standard maintenance, which includes the development and maintenance of standards content. These two activities follow the ASC Standard Setting Procedure (compliant with the ISEAL Code of Good Practice – Setting Social and Environmental Standards). ASC is currently in the process of aligning its current eleven species-specific standards into one ASC Farm Standard. This new globally applicable standard will accommodate different scopes for the various farming systems, as well as give a species-specific interpretation for metric indicators. As part of this alignment, ASC is revising a series of its current standards requirements and developing new requirements for inclusion. This is the case of fish welfare, which will become a major topic within the actual fish health criterion.

ASC wishes to recruit a Fish Welfare Coordinator. This position will focus on the development of the fish welfare topic within the new ASC Farm Standard. The position will have to seek the welfare project to completion, including participating in the actual development of the standard requirements text, interacting with relevant stakeholders and organisations, coordinating the external technical working group formed for the purpose of this development, proactively engaging with stakeholders during the various consultation processes and participating in various relevant research projects.

In addition to the above, ASC has identified a number of welfare-related topics that are of interest for further development, eventually seeking inclusion in a revised version of the ASC Farm Standard. It is expected that the Fish Welfare Coordinator will work on these topics, aiming at increasing the knowledge on them and developing content accordingly.

Key responsibilities:

The Fish Welfare Coordinator will support the Standards Team in matters related to:

Standard setting process and related procedures:

  • Manage the development of the welfare requirements of the Fish Health criterion of the new ASC Farm Standard;
  • Develop implementation guidance relevant to the welfare requirements of the Fish Health criterion;
  • Identification of new welfare topics of interest, and further research and development for possible future integration onto the ASC Farm Standard;
  • Provide risk oversight of the impacts associated with potential changes into future versions of the fish welfare requirements;
  • Contribute to capacity and knowledge building within the Standard Team.

Standards Management

  • Provide the Standards and ScienceTeam (Standards, Impacts and Research teams) with support on any matters related to fish welfare. This might include supporting on research, analysis of impacts and other projects.
  • Engage with the aquaculture industry and other relevant external organisations in relation to ASC’s work on fish welfare.
  • Provide input for interpretations and/or variance requests related to fish welfare issues;

External Relationships

  • Maintain an awareness of fish welfare in collaboration with the other members of the standards team;
  • Maintain an awareness of fish welfare developments in the wider context, external to ASC, and engage with external initiatives, as appropriate;
  • Represent ASC in multiple relevant forums.

Organisational and Management

  • Work with colleagues collaboratively and in an open communication style, identifying and resolving areas of differing views effectively;
  • Produce high quality written and verbal reports, papers, briefings, background documents, presentations and other outputs, as required;

Personal Attributes:

Experience and Qualifications

  • Relevant education in the context of animal welfare, marine biology, biology or veterinary medicine;
  • 2+ years of experience working in the aquaculture sector, preferably in a production or health management role;
  • Proven project coordination experience is desirable.

Technical Skills

  • An understanding of issues in overall seafood sustainability and the role of farm certification in it;
  • Good understanding of the aquaculture industry, its production systems, and challenges.
  • Solid knowledge of animal welfare and particular fish welfare.
  • Proficient in the use of standard software packages (e.g. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook).

Relationship Management

  • Able to manage relationships with colleagues and stakeholders and others successfully and with a people-centred approach to work;
  • Able to work across the organisation with other departments;
  • Able to demonstrate strategic leadership skills developed in a variety of internal and external organisational settings.

Communication

  • Fluent in spoken and written English. Proficiency in a second language is considered an advantage;
  • Excellent presentation, communication and reporting skills and ability to shape those to suit a diverse range of stakeholders.

Organisational

  • Readiness and passion to contribute to the ASC’s mission and vision;
  • Empathy with the ASC Theory of Change.

Person Characteristics

  • Able to think and work independently, systematically and to make pragmatic decisions in a rapidly changing environment.
  • A personality that strives to be pro-active and result-oriented.
  • A personality that operates with diplomacy and the ability to garner support and cooperation amongst colleagues and external stakeholders.
  • And not unimportant …. be an enthusiastic and fun colleague to work with!

Application and selection process 

Please e-mail your cover letter and CV (in English) via: recruitment@asc-aqua.org  

Your CV and cover letter will be reviewed and a short list of candidates will be invited to take part in initial interviews. Successful candidates might be asked to prepare additional written materials and / or a presentation.  

ASC take data protection very seriously. We will only use any personal information you may choose to give us in connection with your application for this position. In the event that your application is unsuccessful we will keep your personal information for 6 months, in case any other vacancies arise for which we think you may be suitable. For more information please read our privacy policy, which can be found here; https://www.asc-aqua.org/privacy/ 

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