First Mate Patrol Vessel/IFC Officer

Grade KR9 £33,723 – £38,568 per annum including 10% anti-social allowance

Location: Brightlingsea, Essex

Permanent Full-time Position

Are you passionate about protecting our marine environment and ensuring sustainable fishing practices? Do you have a strong maritime background, enjoy working at sea and leadership skills? If so, this might be the perfect opportunity for you!

As a First Mate with Kent and Essex IFCA, you will be a vital part of our dedicated team, working to safeguard our coastal waters. Your responsibilities will include:

  • Assisting the Skipper in the operation and maintenance of our patrol vessels.
  • Conducting fishery inspections and enforcement activities to ensure compliance with regulations.
  • Participating in data collection and research to support marine conservation efforts.
  • Leading and mentoring crew members to ensure efficient and safe operations.

What we’re looking for:

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 will have had proven experience in handling boats and RIBs at sea with the confidence and ability to do so in the absence of the skipper.  You’ll combine this with good communication skills, an organised approach and a gift for teamwork and collaboration. Crucially, you must be ready to work unsocial hours (e.g. weekends and at night) and tackle physically demanding duties in a challenging marine environment. We’ll expect you to meet the standard required to obtain a Seafarers Medical Certificate (ENG1), to be able to locate, board and inspect fishing vessels both on the shore and at sea.

The first round interviews for this post will be held 7 December 2023 in Brightlingsea, Essex

For further information and to download an application form please visit our website:

Closing date for applications: 26 November 2023