Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Officer (Based in Whitehaven)

To work as part of NWIFCA enforcement team both on shore and at sea under Head of Enforcement.

Job Purpose
  • Maintain and enhance the sustainability of inshore fisheries and implement NWIFCA conservation duties throughout the NWIFCA District as required
  • Increase compliance with fisheries regulations by planning and executing regular patrols and undertaking enforcement operations
  • Enforce the IFCA byelaws, EC and National fisheries legislation through the inspection of landings and vessels in harbours and ports and inter tidal areas
  • Protect the marine environment from harm or damage and report relevant incidents
  • Undertake surveys of the inshore and offshore marine environment
  • Assist with a variety of fisheries and marine environmental projects
  • Carry out other duties as required by the NWIFCA to deliver its statutory duties
  • Undertake training as required for the post
Main Tasks
  • Record fishing activity by location, numbers of fishers, vessels and types of fishing activity and collect fisheries intelligence
  • Inspect and record fishing catches and gear
  • Take consistent risk based enforcement action to prevent illegal fishing activity
  • Collect evidence when offences are detected and submit to the Head of Enforcement
  • Prepare written witness statements, and appear in court as a witness when required
  • Prepare quarterly reports for the NWIFCA and other reports as required
  • Protect the marine environment, collect data and report relevant incidents
  • Assist with environmental survey and monitoring
  • Build good relationships with NWIFCA coastal community
  • Meet and get to know stakeholders including fishers and anyone interested in the sea
  • Provide advice on proposed changes to byelaws, fisheries and conservation objectives
  • Supply information to ensure fishers and the public are aware of the regulations
  • Develop and maintain contacts other agencies and groups on NWIFCA policies
  • Represent  NWIFCA at meetings and giving presentations when required
  • Assist with fisheries and conservation policy formulation.
  • Ensure that any vehicles, vessels, equipment are correctly maintained
  • Work with the Authority’s stakeholders to deliver the IFCA objectives


Essential training will be provided in post where necessary including:

  • IFCA Officers Training Course – Torquay
  • Sea Survival (PST), First Aid, Safety Awareness, Fire Fighting, ATV courses
  • RYA SRC (VHF) Certification
  • ML5 Certificate




  • Good general education (supply details)
  • A minimum of 5 GCSEs or equivalent, including English and Mathematics
  • Seamanship qualifications
  • RYA Powerboat certificate level 2
  • Higher education in marine subject
  • Experience of outdoor work e.g.boat handling, fisheries, environmental survey work or other marine field work
  • Dealing with members of the public
  • Enforcement experience
  • Experience of fisheries
  • Ability to handle boats
  • Knowledge of fisheries legislation


  • Knowledge of the fishing industry and marine conservation issues
  • Knowledge of fisheries legislation and NWIFCA byelaws

Technical Skills

  • Good general IT skills
  • Good communication skills
  • Able to keep accurate written records
  • Full current UK driving licence
  • Able to handle ATVs and tow trailers
  • Small boat experience/qualifications
  • Short report writing
  • Basic ability with GIS packages

Personal attributes

  • Enthusiasm for marine environment
  • Self motivated and good team worker
  • Willing to work outdoors in all weathers
  • Physical fitness – the appointee will be required to pass an MCA medical (ML5)
  • Experience of dealing with a wide variety of people
  • Experience of handling members of the public in difficult situations
  • Familiar with Cumbrian coast


The following terms apply to the post:

Salary Scale: £21,166 – £28,785 from 1 April 2019 (Local Government Scale 11-25; starting point according to experience rising by one point per year subject to annual assessments)

Pension: Local government scheme (defined benefits and employer contributions)

Hours of work: 37 hour per week with ‘flexitime’.  Both posts involve working unsocial hours, including early mornings, late evenings and weekends as required by tides and survey and enforcement duties

Medical: Appointment for both posts is dependent on passing an ML5 Medical

BPSS Check: This will be carried out before appointment

If you have any queries please email [email protected]

 How to apply

Send your application by 2359hrs on the closing date of 3 March 2020 to:

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

Please specify the role that you are applying for.

Your application should include:

  1. A curriculum vitae including the following information:
  • Name and current address, phone number and email
  • Full employment history, including any gaps
  • All qualifications completed with results
  • Full educational history from starting secondary school, with results and grades
  • Details of any IT skills, qualifications and experience
  • Details of any relevant marine or fisheries experience
  • Details of any relevant courses completed e.g. boat handling or marine safety
  • Details of driving licence (full, clean and which driving categories)
  • Details of driving experience including towing trailers
  • Interests and hobbies
  • Details of any cautions or convictions you have received
  • Names and addresses (with phone and email if possible) of 2 referees, one of which should be your most recent employer (or academic tutor).
  1. A hand written letter of up to 100 words including the following information:
  • which post you are applying for
  • why you are interested
  • where you saw the post advertised
  • the letter may be scanned and attached to an email