Sussex Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority (IFCA) is looking for a motivated and capable individual to undertake the role of Inshore Fisheries & Conservation Officer. In this varied role, you will be expected to undertake a range of day-to-day operational activities associated with inshore fisheries management and marine enforcement on land and at sea, including working as a member of the crew aboard patrol vessels.

You will be trained to conduct enforcement of regulations relating to fisheries and Marine Protected Areas and you’ll ensure that anyone fishing in the Sussex IFCA district complies with the Marine & Coastal Access Act and other marine, environmental and sea fisheries legislation. You will conduct inspections, collect and record data, and give advice and guidance using your knowledge and understanding of the different fisheries and fishing methods.

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 an aptitude for teamwork and collaboration. You must be ready to work some additional hours and unsocial hours (e.g. weekends and at night), for which the post attracts a 10% uplift on basic 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 regularly. Officers involved in both enforcement and conservation and research activities may be required to work a minimum of 20 weekend days per year and a maximum of 28 weekend days. Staff shall work on average a minimum of 37 hours per week.

Sussex IFCA is responsible for managing aspects of the inshore waters off the Sussex coast. The district covers the entire Sussex Coast out to six nautical miles, including the estuaries. The Sussex IFCA has a wide range of duties including managing the exploitation of sea fisheries resources and the conservation of the marine environment, whilst balancing socio-economic considerations with the need to protect the marine environment. The IFCA is funded by East Sussex County Council, West Sussex County Council and Brighton and Hove City Council.


Location: Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex
Contract Type: Full Time – Permanent
Grade: IFCO Grade 3 (SCP 11-17)
Applicable Salary: £25,979 – £28,770 per annum (pay award pending) + 10% (excl. allowances)
Closing date: Friday 21st June 2024 12:00

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