Could you protect the waters around the Kent & Essex coast – including marine habitats and fish stocks – by enforcing key legislation?

Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Officer

Salary: KR7/8 (£25,864 to £33,722 incl. 10% anti-social uplift)

Location: Ramsgate, Kent

About the role

In this varied role, you’ll tackle a range of work centred on marine enforcement at sea and on land. Day-to-day, you could be doing anything from inspecting boats at sea to carrying out surveys of fish stocks and habitats. You will be trained in carrying out enforcement of fisheries and MPA legislation and you’ll ensure that anyone fishing in the Kent & Essex IFCA district, either commercially or recreationally, complies with the Marine & Coastal Access Act and other marine, environmental and sea fisheries legislation.

You will work closely with a range of contacts and stakeholders, carrying out inspections; collecting and recording data; and giving advice and guidance using your knowledge and understanding of the different fisheries and fishing methods in our district and the issues they face. In addition to receiving training related to your enforcement duties, you will also be trained in the use of small RIBs and other vessels.

About you

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’ll combine this with good communication skills, an organised approach and a gift for teamwork and collaboration. You must be ready to work some unsocial hours (e.g. weekends and at night), for which the post attracts a 10% uplift in salary. You will also be required to tackle physically demanding duties in a challenging marine environment and as such, we’ll expect you to meet the standard required to obtain a Seafarers Medical Certificate (ENG1) to be able to inspect fishing vessels both when in port and when working at sea.

At present Kent & Essex IFCA employs 14 full time staff,1 part-time staff member and a part time financial advisor. In addition to this the Authority also contributes to the services of the Clerk, Chairman and Vice-chairman.

The first-round interviews for this post will be held on 21 March 2024 in Ramsgate, Kent.  If you are selected for an interview you will be expected to provide a ten minute presentation to the interview panel

Click here for further information and click here to download an application form. Should you wish to talk to someone about this post then please ring Ben Hermitage  on 07747 011496

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Closing date for applications: 3 March 2024