Team Leader, Fisheries Projects Animation- Higher Executive Officer Grade

Please note that the deadline for applications passed on 5pm Wednesday 3rd January 2018

Reports To:                Programme Director National Strategy for Angling Development, or their nominee

Location                    River Basin District Offices or Citywest

Duration:                   One year contract to January 2019

Inland Fisheries Ireland is the state agency responsible for the protection, management and conservation of Ireland's inland fisheries and sea angling resources. Ireland has over 74,000 kilometres of rivers and streams and 128,000 hectares of lakes all of which fall under the jurisdiction of Inland Fisheries Ireland.

Launched in 2016, Inland Fisheries Ireland’s National Strategy for Angling Development (NSAD) aims to ensure that Ireland’s fish stocks and angling infrastructure are protected and enhanced for the economic value and recreational benefit which they offer to communities across Ireland. It regularly awards funding for projects that aim to contribute to the delivery of an accessible and sustainable, world class inland fisheries and sea angling resource for all. Inland Fisheries Ireland also has a statutory responsibility to licence promoters to undertake works in rivers.

A projects office has been established to manage funding and associated processes and systems under the NSAD. With significant interest nationwide in developing fisheries projects exciting opportunities have arisen in the projects office. We are looking for an enthusiastic and driven candidate to lead a new dynamic team that will enable stakeholders to deliver on projects and build capacity across the recreational fisheries sector.


The appointee will be responsible for:

  • Building and leading a small nationwide team of animators including working with the Programme Director to develop and manage the role out of appropriate training for the team.
  • Managing the development and delivery of the team’s business plan and contribution to the wider organisation business plan.
  • Working with the team to facilitate high performance, developing clear and realistic objectives and addressing performance issues if they arise.
  • Developing best practice models and guides to be implemented nationwide and driving the development of improved processes and systems.
  • Enabling, motivating and empowering community organisations to design, develop, deliver and close off fisheries projects aimed at improving Ireland’s inland fisheries and sea angling resource, applying project management principles.
  • Building capacity within the sector to develop and implement projects effectively by providing insights and knowledge to project promoters on best practice project development and delivery.
  • Working alongside project promoters to engage service providers and contractors to deliver high quality outputs and outcomes, at the best value for money.
  • Monitoring the implementation of projects and ensuring projects are delivering desired outcomes, if not develop measures, alongside the project promoter, to address any issues.
  • Engaging with and building relationships with multiple organisations involved in managing and developing the outdoor recreation sector in Ireland to drive fisheries outcomes.
  • Being the point of contact for community organisations in relation to the development of fisheries projects.
  • Maintaining up to date records of all required documents and financial information relating to funded projects on IT systems.
  • Ensuring all required information is on file to enable efficient and effective processing claims and payments.


Education and Experience

The successful candidate will possess a Relevant Primary Degree (NFQ Level 7) in an appropriate qualification e.g. Project Management, Environmental Management plus supervisory skills, and/ or a proven track record in delivering on the responsibilities similar to those outlined above.

The ideal candidate shall:

  • Have a proven track record in planning, enabling and driving people and resources to meet goals, targets and objectives.
  • Have knowledge of outdoor recreation and environmental management, as well as relevant legislative requirements, in particular in relation to fisheries.
  • Have knowledge and experience of delivering projects, using project management principles, ideally grant funded that require complex statutory and ownerships permissions.
  • Have strong leadership, management, interpersonal and communication skills, including experience in leading a team based across multiple locations.
  • Possess excellent I.T. skills and the ability to work with new systems.
  • Be experienced in financial processing and financial management.
  • Be self-starter, with the ability to work with limited guidance as well as being comfortable working collaboratively as part of a team and with multiple stakeholders.
  • Be focused on self-development, and development of team members, seeking feedback and opportunities for growth.
  • Be adaptable to changing priorities and new and emerging issues, in particular leading a team positively in a dynamic environment.
  • Be able to conduct an in-depth review of intricate, non-routine subject areas and make appropriate recommendations.
  • Possess a good knowledge of public sector functions, policy, services and activities, or the ability to quickly acquire such knowledge.
  • Have an excellent knowledge and awareness of health & safety legislation and regulations, their implications for the organisation and the employee, and their application in the workplace.
  • Hold a current full Driving Licence.

Desirable experience

  • Experience in delivering screenings for appropriate assessment, environmental impact statements and method statements.
  • Experience of local authority planning processes.
  • Experience designing fisheries development plans including habitat enhancement, angling development and marketing and promotion.


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

€41,675, €44,150, €46,195, €47,573, €48,947, €50,316, €51,692, €53,067, €54,440, €56,425 (LSI 1), €58,405 (LSI 2)


Appointment to this position will be on a temporary basis initially to January 2019.


  • The role will involve travel and some work outside regular office hours.
  • Animators are appointed to areas based on demand for projects, some potential offices are identified below:
  • o Midlands and East - Mullingar/ Drumsna/ Lough Owel/ Citywest
  • o West - Galway/ Ballina
  • o North West - Ballyshannon
  • o South – Clonmel, Limerick, Macroom

Applicants must identify desired location as part of their application.


Please note that the deadline for applications passed on 5pm Wednesday 3rd January 2018

Late applications will not be processed.

Canvassing will disqualify

Inland Fisheries Ireland is an equal opportunities employer