An Engineer/IFCO/Crew vacancy is currently available on board NWIFCA main patrol vessel North Western Protector based in Whitehaven. The purpose of the job is to ensure that the Patrol Vessel is operational and functioning at optimum levels and to assist in operations to deliver the Authority’s offshore functions in relation to the management and conservation of sea fisheries within the district.

NWIFCA is lead regulator protecting the inshore marine environment and fisheries in NW England. NWIFCA District extends from the Welsh border in the south to the Scottish border in the north and seawards out to 6 miles.

The following terms apply:

Salary Scale: £21,748 – £32,234 from 1 April 2021 (Pay Award Pending)
Local Government Scale 11-29; starting point according to experience, rising by one point per year subject to annual assessments
Pension: Local government scheme (
Hours of work: 37 hour per week with ‘flexitime’. The posts involves working unsocial hours, including early mornings, late evenings and weekends as required by tides, survey duties and requirement to check vessel
Medical: Appointment to the post is dependent on passing an ML5 Medical
BPSS Check: Appointment dependent on satisfactory BPSS Check

Detailed job description and requirements of the post are given below:


Job Purpose To ensure that the Patrol Vessel is operational and functioning at optimum levels and to assist in operations to deliver the Authority’s offshore functions in relation to the management and conservation of sea fisheries within the district. To act as Crew on the main Patrol Vessel and other vessels and assist with boarding and enforcement activities.
Main Tasks Main Engineer for the Patrol Vessel

  • Maintain the vessel and ancillary equipment/vehicles/trailers in good order
  • To keep the vessel, engine room and all parts tidy at all times
  • To oversee the servicing and maintenance of all offshore marine survey equipment and support the science team in survey work.
  • To keep a record and organise servicing requirements
  • To identify any potential problems with engines or equipment and keep comprehensive records of all machinery
  • To undertake any training required


  • To work as a member of the Patrol Vessel crew
  • To assist with enforcement and environmental duties of the vessel
  • To achieve fully warranted officer status, undertaking necessary training
  • To carry out boardings of vessels at sea as required
  • To carry out inspections of patrol vessel at weekends where required
  • To maintain a thorough knowledge of Authority byelaws and fisheries legislation
  • To take statements and submit witness evidence and to attend court if required
  • To be a team player, be supportive of other officers and undertake other duties throughout NWIFCA district if required


  • Experience in the maintenance and repair of marine vessels and ancillary equipment
  • Practical working knowledge of maintenance and repair requirements of vessel propulsion units and ancillary equipment
  • Ability to identify vessel maintenance and repair requirements Able to keep accurate records
  • Seagoing experience and qualifications
  • Sound communication and interpersonal skills across all levels
  • Well organised, adaptable and flexible
  • ML5 Medical required for post
  • Physically able to carry and move fisheries equipment, undertake sea going duties, work in confined spaces and support compliance inspections as and when required
  • A good team worker and willing to assist with other duties across the district
  • Good general education
  • Maths & English to GCSE or equivalent
  • Basic IT skills
  • Flexible to handle changing work
  • Tactful in confrontational situations
  • Experience of the fishing community
  • Experience of underwater survey equipment
  • Experience of IFCAs, NGOs & government bodies
  • Knowledge of UK fisheries and marine environment and legislation
  • Handling ATVs and towing trailers
  • Knowledge of NWIFCA district and byelaws
  • Knowledge of UK fisheries and marine environment and legislation
  • Practical and applied Health and Safety at work experience

How to Apply

Send your application by 2359hrs on the closing date of Wednesday 1 December 2021 to:

  • [email protected] (email applications will be acknowledged)  OR
  • NWIFCA, 1 Preston Street, Carnforth LA5 9BY

Your application should include:

1. Curriculum vitae including the following information:

  • Name and current address, phone number and email
  • Date of birth and National Insurance Number
  • Full employment history, accounting for any gaps
  • All qualifications completed with results, especially relevant courses completed e.g. RYA or equivalent qualifications in marine engineering and navigation
  • Full educational history from starting secondary school, with results and grades
  • Interest and hobbies
  • Engineering skills, qualifications and experience, including electrical systems
  • Seagoing experience
  • Relevant marine and fisheries and enforcement experience
  • Knowledge of NWIFCA district
  • IT skills
  • Driving:Licence: Please included details of your driving licence (full/clean/which driving categories) and your driving experience including towing trailers. Give detaila of any driving convictions you have had in the last 5 years.
  • Criminal Record Declaration: Please give details of any unspent cautions or convictions you have received.
  • Please declare if you are related or known to any Member or Officer of the NWIFCA.
  • Referees: Please give names and addresses, phone and email contact for 2 referees; these should include your 2 most recent employers. If you do not have 2 recent employers, referees should be from higher education. N.B. Personal referees are not accepted.

2. Supporting Letter of up to 100 words including the following information:

  • Why you are interested in the post and where you saw it advertised