Open position: Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Officer – Deadline 02 May 2023

About the role

In this varied role, you’ll tackle a range of work centred on marine enforcement at sea and on land. Day-to-day, you could be doing anything from inspecting boats at sea to carrying out surveys of fish stocks and habitats. You will be trained in carrying out enforcement of fisheries and MPA legislation and you’ll ensure that anyone fishing in the Kent & Essex IFCA district, either commercially or recreationally, complies with the Marine & Coastal Access Act and other marine, environmental and sea fisheries legislation.

You will work closely with a range of contacts and stakeholders, carrying out inspections; collecting and recording data; and giving advice and guidance using your knowledge and understanding of the different fisheries and fishing methods in our district and the issues they face. In addition to receiving training related to your enforcement duties, you will also be trained in the use of small RIBs and other vessels.

About you

To join us, you must have enthusiasm for the marine environment and a knowledge of marine issues and the fishing industry together with a strong drive to enforce rules protecting fish stocks, marine habitats and marine wildlife. You’ll combine this with good communication skills, an organised approach and a gift for teamwork and collaboration. You must be ready to work some unsocial hours (e.g. weekends and at night), for which the post attracts a 10% uplift in salary. You will also be required to tackle physically demanding duties in a challenging marine environment and as such, we’ll expect you to meet the standard required to obtain a Seafarers Medical Certificate (ENG1) to be able to inspect fishing vessels both when in port and when working at sea.

The first-round interviews for this post will be held week commencing 29 May 2023 in Brightlingsea, Essex. If you are selected for an interview, you will be expected to provide a ten minute presentation to the interview panel.

Main duties and responsibilities

  • To undertake the duties of an IFCA Officer, in particular the enforcement of fisheries conservation measures. This will involve routine sea-based and shore-based inspections.
  • To undertake the duties of crew on the Authority’s Fisheries Patrol/Survey Vessels and help maintain the vessels in good working order.
  • To assist in the launching and operation of the Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB) and take part in the boarding of fishing vessels at sea, under the instructions of the Skipper of the vessel.
  • Under the direction of the Lead Compliance Officer to assist with the planning of patrol activity and enforcement planning on both shore and sea.
  • To liaise with the fishing industry and other key stakeholders, regarding fisheries/conservation management and associated issues and, where necessary, write reports regarding the outcome of consultation.
  • Under the direction of the Lead Scientific and Conservation Officer to assist with the compilation of survey reports, habitat assessments and research projects, set up spreadsheets and databases to assist in assessment of data, construct distribution charts and draw conclusions.
  • To assist with the planning and undertaking of stock surveys, habitat assessments and research projects.
  • To respond to enquiries and prepare correspondence.
  • To attend, on request, meetings with other bodies as a representative of the Chief IFC Officer or Authority.
  • Undertake such tasks that the Chief IFC Officer or Authority may require.

For a copy of the job description click here and for an application form click here

The closing date for this post is 2 May 2023.

Completed application forms should be emailed to

For an informal chat about the post contact Dominic Bailey on 07538 051116

Find out more about this opportunity here.

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