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Job description

Title of Positions: Sea Fisheries Protection Officers

Grade: Sea Fishery Officer PPC

Employing Authority: Sea Fisheries Protection Authority

Location:  Castletownbere, Co.Cork

                 Killybegs, Co Donegal 

Closing Date - 5th of July at 2pm

***PLEASE NOTE*** - CV's will not be accepted. Please ensure that you upload the application form through Emailed application forms will not be accepted.

Role Summary:

A Sea Fishery Protection Officer performs multi-faceted front-line roles related to Sea-Fisheries conservation and Seafood safety.  This work requires the regular conduct of direct inspections onboard fishing vessels, at processing establishments and seafood business premises and in other places of fisheries and marine activity. The inspection activities may include the taking of samples of fish, shellfish and fishery products, collection of articles of evidence, taking of formal statements from individuals, cross-checking and verification of surveillance data or other data such as VMS data, sales note data, logbook data, etc., and the compilation and production of formal statements to be used in the taking of prosecution cases against individuals.

A Sea Fishery Protection Officer is frequently engaged in the collection of fisheries statistics, verification of these statistics and the input of data into a database. The process involves the collection, verification and processing of data on a frequent basis.  The work of a Sea Fisheries Protection Officer takes place at the ports around Ireland, at sea and at land based establishments. Travel within Ireland is likely to occur on a frequent basis and travel outside Ireland less frequently. The working environment is both indoor and outdoor, on land and at sea.

The work of a Sea Fisheries Protection Officer will frequently have to be carried out at atypical and unsocial hours in keeping with the nature of the industry we provide services to. Attendance hours are subject to the provisions of the Working Time Act.  The Sea Fisheries Protection Officer based in the port offices is frequently the first point of contact with the public on a wide range of fisheries matters.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Conducting direct inspections of fishing vessels, processing establishments, seafood business premises and other places of fisheries and marine activity to verify compliance and to detect non-compliance with Sea-Fisheries and Seafood safety legislation.
  • Taking appropriate follow-up action following these inspection activities such as writing reports, inputting data into databases of inspection activity, compilation of written statements or attending court to act as a witness for the prosecution.
  • Collecting, verifying and inputting fisheries statistics in a timely and accurate manner.
  • Collecting samples of shellfish, fishery products and fish to sampling specification at shellfish production sites, fish processing establishments, auction halls and fishing vessels and ensuring the delivery of these samples in a suitable condition to conduct the analysis intended.
  • Attending meetings or meeting with individuals to provide technical input on matters related to fisheries conservation, food safety and fisheries statistics or to advise groups or individuals on these matters or matters related to the policy of the Authority.
  • In addition to the duties outlined above, a Sea Fisheries Protection Officer carries out any other relevant duties which may be assigned to him/her by the Authority Members, or other authorised officer, from time to time.


Essential Entry Requirements:

Candidates, on the closing date for this competition, must hold a minimum qualification of a National Diploma Level 7 in a discipline relevant to the work of the Sea Fisheries Protection Authority, for example qualifications providing competency in marine, fisheries, food or environmental sciences or qualifications related to data management/analytics including IT or Statistics or qualifications related to law, enforcement and associated disciplines.

In addition to the minimum qualification entry requirement candidates must also have:

  • Excellent Planning and Organisation ability
  • Experience working with systems/processes
  • Excellent communication and administration skills
  • Fluent spoken and written English is absolutely essential
  • Strong IT capability
  • Full, clean driving licence

It is an absolute requirement that candidates declare any potential conflict of interest at the application stage of the recruitment process.  Failure to declare such conflicts of interest which later come to light may result in the candidate being disqualified from the competition or, if the candidate is offered and takes up a role with the SFPA on the basis of misleading information may result in immediate dismissal from the SFPA.


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