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Sea Fisheries Protection Officers (HOWTH)

This Position is Now Closed


The Role

A Sea Fishery Protection Officer performs multi-faceted front-line roles related to Sea-Fisheries conservation and Seafood safety.  This work requires the regular conduct of direct inspections on-board fishing vessels, at processing establishments and seafood business premises and in other places of fisheries and marine activity. The inspection activities may include the taking of samples of fish, shellfish and fishery products, collection of articles of evidence, taking of formal statements from individuals, cross-checking and verification of surveillance data or other data such as VMS data, sales note data, logbook data, etc., and the compilation and production of formal statements to be used in the taking of prosecution cases against individuals.


A Sea Fishery Protection Officer is frequently engaged in the collection of fisheries statistics, verification of these statistics and the input of data into a database. The process involves the collection, verification and processing of data on a frequent basis.  The work of a Sea Fishery Protection Officer takes place at the ports around Ireland, at sea and at land based establishments. Travel within Ireland is likely to occur on a frequent basis and travel outside Ireland less frequently. The working environment is both indoor and outdoor, on land and at sea.


The work of a Sea Fishery Protection Officer will frequently have to be carried out at atypical and unsocial hours in keeping with the nature of the industry we provide services to. Attendance hours are subject to the provisions of the Working Time Act.  The Sea Fishery Protection Officer based in the port offices is frequently the first point of contact with the public on a wide range of fisheries matters.




Key Responsibilities

  • Conducting direct inspections of fishing vessels, processing establishments, seafood business premises and other places of fisheries and marine activity to verify compliance and to detect non-compliance with Sea-Fisheries and Seafood safety legislation.

  • Taking appropriate follow-up action following these inspection activities such as writing reports, inputting data into databases of inspection activity, compilation of written statements or attending court to act as a witness for the prosecution.

  • Collecting, verifying and inputting fisheries statistics in a timely and accurate manner.

  • Collecting samples of shellfish, fishery products and fish to sampling specification at shellfish production sites, fish processing establishments, auction halls and fishing vessels and ensuring the delivery of these samples in a suitable condition to conduct the analysis intended.

  • Attending meetings or meeting with individuals to provide technical input on matters related to fisheries conservation, food safety and fisheries statistics or to advise groups or individuals on these matters or matters related to the policy of the Authority.

  • In addition to the duties outlined above, a Sea Fisheries Protection Officer carries out any other relevant duties which may be assigned to him/her by the Authority Members, or other authorised officer, from time to time.





Essential Entry Requirements

Candidates, on the closing date for this competition, must hold a minimum qualification of a Diploma in a discipline relevant to the work of the Sea Fisheries Protection Authority, for example qualifications providing competency in marine, fisheries, food or environmental sciences or qualifications related to data management/analytics including IT or Statistics or qualifications related to law, enforcement and associated disciplines.


In addition to the minimum qualification entry requirement candidates must also have:


  • Excellent Planning and Organisation ability

  • Experience working with systems/processes

  • Excellent communication and administration skills

  • Fluent spoken and written English is absolutely essential

  • Strong IT capability

  • Full, clean driving licence


It is an absolute requirement that candidates declare any potential conflict of interest at the application stage of the recruitment process.  Failure to declare such conflicts of interest which later come to light may result in the candidate being disqualified from the competition or, if the candidate is offered and takes up a role with the SFPA on the basis of misleading information may result in immediate dismissal from the SFPA.





Desirable entry requirements

  • Previous experience in a regulatory environment

  • Satisfactory knowledge of a second official and working language of the EU

  • Excellent Planning and Organisation ability

  • Experience working with systems/processes

  • Excellent communication and administration skills

  • Fluent spoken and written English is absolutely essential

  • Strong IT capability

  • Full, clean driving licence




Key Competencies

  • Team Leadership

  • Analysis and Decision Making

  • Management and Delivery of Results

  • Interpersonal and Communication Skills

  • Specialist Knowledge, Expertise and Self Development

  • Drive & Commitment to Public Service Values





Closing Date

Your application must be submitted on the online application portal by the 10th September by 5pm exactly. Applications will not be accepted after this time.


If you do not receive an acknowledgement of receipt of your application within 24 hours of applying, please contact


Campaign updates will be issued to your registered email address as entered on the online application portal.


The onus is on each applicant to ensure that they are in receipt of all communication from Sigmar Recruitment Consultants Ltd.  You are advised to check your emails on a regular basis throughout the duration of the competition; in addition, being sure to check junk/spam folders should any emails be mistakenly filtered.


Sigmar Recruitment accepts no responsibility for communication not accessed or received by an applicant.




How to Apply 



  • We are hiring for these positions in two different locations. If you wish to apply for the two locations, please apply to each location separately.

  • CV’s are not accepted, only applications forms that are submitted will be considered. When prompted to upload CV or Application form, please upload the application form only




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