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Fisheries Officer (Ballina, Co. Mayo) x 2

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Sectors Water, Hydrology & Marine Ecology
Town/City Dublin
Salary (Minimum)
Salary (Maximum)
Type Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status Full Time
Level First Level
Deadline 09/06/2020
Company Name Inland Fisheries Ireland
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This role is responsible for the protection, management and conservation of the inland fisheries resource. Successful candidates will be involved in the front line implementation and enforcement of the provisions of the Fisheries Acts, Water Pollution Acts, Water Framework Directive & other relevant statutory provisions.

The role of Fisheries Officer has 2 main areas of responsibility:

  • Fisheries Development
  • Fisheries Conservation & Protection

Responsibilities of the Post:

Fisheries Development / Maintenance:

- To assist in the improvement of fish stocks by undertaking appropriate fisheries maintenance and development works, both ‘in stream’ and riparian works as required;
- To improve the access to the resource by constructing and maintaining access infrastructure;
- To provide assistance to angling festivals and competitions as instructed by your line manager;
- To conduct, support and assist research and survey work and/or assisting research teams in these or similar functions;
- To catch, measure, examine and release fish and assess their health as required;
- To assist with general enquiries from the public;
- To communicate with external bodies, i.e. Clubs, Fishery owners and other statutory agencies;
- To liaise & develop good relationships with relevant stakeholders, i.e. Angling Clubs, Fishermen, Local Authorities, Gardai etc.;
 - To undertake / assist Electro-fishing and netting operations;
- To maintain vehicles, RIBs, and surveillance equipment;
- To tow trailers as required;
- To maintain bases (ensuring that bases are kept clean and tidy);

Fisheries Protection:

- Responsible for conducting protection patrols to check for illegal fishing, to include Lakes, Rivers, Sea, Coastal and Estuaries, covering a wide geographical area;
- Responsible for inspecting commercial Salmon & Sea Trout licence holders to ensure legislative compliance;
 - Responsible for inspecting recreational anglers for licence and/or permit and inspecting other anglers for compliance with regulations and bye-laws;
- To participate with the Aer Corps and Naval service in fisheries patrols at sea on their protection vessels and with other agencies i.e. S.F.P.A. etc.;
 - To inspect fish markets and premises;
- To issue Fixed Charge Penalty Notices where appropriate;
- To apprehend offenders, gather evidence, attend proceedings, give evidence, and provide reports for legal advisers & relevant officers. 

- Prepare prosecution case files in accordance with the prescribed IFI Prosecution procedure.
- To detect and report pollution, take samples & gather information on water pollution and other environmental damage or activities and liaise with the IFI Fisheries Environmental Officer as required
 - To support team members in stake-outs as required e.g. at night /early morning

*The following attempts to outline in a broad sense the key areas of responsibility associated with a Fisheries Officer post. However other responsibilities may arise as the requirements of our environment and stakeholders change over time.





Job requirements

Essential Requirements:

  • Leaving Certificate or equivalent
  • A full driving licence valid in the State
  • No convictions under the Irish Fisheries Legislation
  • Eligible to work in the State
  • Fluent English – both in spoken and written English
  • Good knowledge of computer skills including MS Office
  • Reside close to base (for call-out purposes, successful candidates must reside within at least 60 mins drive of their assigned base location)
  • Competent in and on the water (both at sea and in lakes and rivers)
  • Demonstrates a passion / strong interest in promoting, protecting and conserving our natural resources

Desirable skills and experience:

  • Knowledge of carpentry or general labouring
  • Ability to form effective working relationships with team members, members of the public and IFI’s stakeholders
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Flexible approach to work and hours
  • Commitment to the job and a self-motivator
  • Experience in a similar environment
  • Safe pass
  • Experience working with power tools
  • Safe pass
  • Ability to tow trailers
  • Pesticide training
  • Knowledge of fisheries legislation


Fishery Officer, appointments will normally be made at the first point of the scale:

€25,188, €26,640, €27,478, €28,617, €29,515, €30,451, €31,135, €32,097, €32,899, €33,539, €34,495, €35,463, €36,863 (LSI1), €38,648 (LSI2)

An unsocial hour’s allowance of up to €3,147 will be payable pro-rata at either 50% or 100% relative to the number of unsocial hours worked.


Fisheries officers work a 39-hour week and this will include weekends, evenings, early morning and late nights.


Appointment to this position will be on a permanent basis.

Closing Date for applications: 5pm Tuesday 9th June, 2020

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