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Job opportunity: Fishery Officers

Please note that the deadline for applications passed on 5pm Friday 13th April 2018

Inland Fisheries Ireland is seeking Fishery Officers for our busy summer season. If you love the outdoors and are passionate about promoting, protecting and conserving our natural resources this role might be just what you’re looking for.

The job description will give you guidance on the role of a Fishery Officer; if this sounds like the role for you please see our application process outlined below.



DATE:    29/4/2015






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Responsible for front line implementation and enforcement of the provisions of the Fisheries Acts, Water Pollution Acts, Water Framework Directive & other relevant statutory provisions, to include the provision of comprehensive conservation, protection, improvement & development services, inland and at sea, within their remit.



Key Responsibilities


Protection Responsibilities

  • Responsible for conducting protection patrols to check for illegal fishing- area patrols to include Lakes, Rivers, Sea, Coastal and Estuaries.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Inspecting fish markets and premises
  • Undertaking investigative surveys of water quality & the health, spawning & movement of fish
  • Detect pollution, take water samples & gather other relevant evidence on water pollution and other environmental damage / activities.
  • Surveying fish stocks.
  • Improve & develop fisheries, undertake / oversee habitat improvement works.
  • Catching, measuring, examining and releasing fish and assessing their health
  • Making improvements to habitats through work on streams and river banks
  • Assist with general enquiries from the public
  • Communicating with external bodies, i.e. Clubs, Councils and Fishery owners
  • Liaise & develop good relationships with relevant stakeholders, i.e. Garda, Angling Clubs, Fishermen, etc.
  • Electro-fishing and netting
  • Maintenance of vehicles, RIBs, and surveillance equipment
  • Ability to tow trailers (BE licence)
  • Maintenance of bases (ensuring that bases are kept clean and tidy).
  • Work in fish hatcheries and fish farms & carry out all relevant duties for the operation and maintenance of same
  • Keeping up to date with changes in legislation/EU Directives

Administration Responsibilities

  • Submit detailed diary sheets, hours worked, duties performed, areas patrolled, seizures and any other relevant information. Complete transport registers and other appropriate records.
  • Responsible for submitting internal reports and SLA metrics as may be requested by your line manager.
  • The preparation of prosecution case files in accordance with the prescribed IFI Prosecution procedure.
  • Utilisation of appropriate technology as required (e.g. computers, GPS, G.I.S. etc.)
  • Maintains professional and technical knowledge by attending training as and when necessary
  • Contributes to team effort and support colleagues.
  • To provide support for Fisheries promotional and educational initiatives as may be requested by your line manager.
  • To provide support for Invasives Species initiatives as may be requested by your line manager.
  • Additional ad hoc duties as may be requested by your line manager.

Note: The above attempts to outline in a broad sense the range of duties associated with an Fishery Officer post.  However other duties may arise as the requirements of our customers and online facilities change over time.








  • Ability to form effective working relationships with team members
  • Computer literate
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Flexible approach to work and hours
  • Strong knowledge of relevant legislation
  • Commitment and self-motivation
  • Good timekeeping
  • Competent working with numbers
  • Good report writing skills
  • Good command of the English language
  • Honest, trustworthy and respectful
  • Acts with Dignity & Integrity at all times


Qualifications & Experience

  • Leaving Certificate or equivalent
  • Have a full driving licence valid in the state
  • Reside close to Base
  • Experience in a similar environment
  • Powerboat Level 2
  • Kayaking Level 3
  • Knowledge of fisheries legislation
  • Ability to tow trailers



Fishery Officer, appointments will normally be made at the first point of the scale:
€24,147, €25,538, €26,341, €27,434, €28,295, €29,191, €30,146, €31,077, €32,013, €32,636, €33,566, €34,508, €35,870 (LSI1), €37,607 (LSI2)
An unsocial hour’s allowance of up to €6,294 (annual basis) will be payable at either 50% or 100% relative to the number of unsocial hours worked.

Appointment to this position will be on a temporary basis – for a period of up to 6 months (Commencing early May 2018).


Please note that the deadline for applications passed on 5pm Friday 13th April 2018

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Inland Fisheries Ireland is an equal opportunities employer

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