8 Mar 2021

Seasonal Fisheries Officers Required Nationwide

Inland Fisheries Ireland is looking to hire seasonal fisheries officers nationwide for 2021

The positions will see the successful applicants support the development and protection of Ireland’s fisheries resource during the summer period.

There are numerous roles available across six operational districts.

The roles are available on a six-month basis with contracts commencing from Monday, May 31, 2021 and training provided to all new recruits.

Interviews will take place on April 14, 15 and 16. IFI fishery officers are deemed essential workers and adhere to agreed Covid-19 work practice protocols.


  • Eastern River Basin District: CityWest, Co. Dublin; Kilcoole, Co. Wicklow; Virginia, Co. Cavan; Drogheda, Co. Louth;
  • South Eastern River Basin District: Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford; New Ross, Co. Wexford; Carrick on Suir, Co. Tipperary;
  • South Western River Basin District: Bantry, Co. Cork; Farnanes, Co. Cork; Tralee, Co. Kerry; Kenmare, Co. Kerry;
  • Shannon River Basin District: Listowel, Co. Kerry; Limerick, Co. Limerick; Clare, Co. Clare; Lough Sheelin, Co. Cavan; Drumsna, Co. Leitrim;
  • Western River Basin District: Galway city, Lough Corrib, Co. Galway; Erriff Fishery, Co. Galway; Moy Fishery, Co. Mayo; Bangor, Co. Mayo; Ballina, Co. Mayo;
  • North Western River Basin District: Cavan, Co. Cavan; Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal; Letterkenny, Co. Donegal; Clady Crolly, Co. Donegal; northern Donegal, Co. Donegal.
  • Francis O’Donnell, CEO of Inland Fisheries Ireland, said: “Our seasonal fisheries officers are an important asset to Inland Fisheries Ireland during our busiest operational time of the year.

    “We invite applications for these seasonal positions which will support the ongoing protection, conservation and maintenance of our fisheries resource.

    “I encourage all those interested in playing a critical role in helping to protect and develop Ireland’s precious fisheries resource to submit an application.”

    The closing date for applications is Monday, March 22, 2021. Applicants should be available for interview on April 14, 15 and 16, with a start date on Monday, May 31.

    Roisin Bradley, head of HR at Inland Fisheries Ireland, said: “We are looking for applicants who are passionate about developing and protecting our fisheries resource, have an appreciation for the natural environment and who have excellent interpersonal skills.

    “Our fisheries officers ensure we have the capacity to carry out necessary work as custodians of this precious resource. We look forward to welcoming the new members to our team in the summer.”

    For those interested, more information about the roles and details on how to apply can be found on Inland Fisheries Ireland website.

    TITLE OF POSITION: Seasonal Fisheries Officer 

    GRADE / LEVEL: Fishery Officer –Protection

    Seasonal Fisheries Officers play an important role in helping Inland Fisheries Ireland carry out its mission: to protect, manage and conserve Ireland's inland fisheries and sea angling resource.

    Seasonal Fisheries Officers work alongside full-time fishery officers, sharing responsibilities such as helping recreational anglers understand the rules and regulations and/ or building and maintaining structures to improve access to waterways. If you are interested in a long-term career in fisheries, seasonal opportunities are a great way to gain experience and knowledge and learn the required skills.

    We are looking for competent and enthusiastic people to join our existing teams nationwide in their pursuit of managing our Country’s fish populations and conserving our nations beautiful biodiversity for future generations.


    In IFI we place a critical importance on how the works gets done and howwe work with each other and our external stakeholders. It is our organisations vision ‘’to place the inland fisheries resource in the best sustainable position possible for the benefit of future generations’’. Our core values are:-

    • We act with respect and integrity
    • We work collaboratively with professionalism
    • We are committed to stewardship and sustainability
    • We are open, transparent and accountable

    The role of Fisheries Officer has 2 main areas of responsibility:

    • Fisheries Protection
    • Fisheries Conservation & Development

    *The following attempts to outline in a broad sense the key areas of responsibility associated with a Fisheries Officer post. However other responsibilities may arise as the requirements of our environment and stakeholders change over time.


    Fisheries Protection

    • Patrol lakes, rivers, sea, coast and estuaries to check for check for illegal fishing
    • Detect and report pollution, take samples and gather information
    • Inspect commercial Salmon & Sea Trout licence holders
    • Inspect recreational anglers for licence and/or permit, checking compliance with regulations and bye-laws
    • Issue Fixed Penalty Notices
    • Apprehend offenders, gather evidence, attend proceedings, give evidence, provide reports for legal advisers
    • Operate and maintain boats
    • Maintenance of vehicles, RIBs, and surveillance equipment
    • Assist with general enquiries from the public
    • Communicate with external bodies, i.e. Clubs, Fishery owners etc
    • Write reports
    • Support team members in stake-outs at night /early morning
    • Keep up to date with legislation and relevant scientific and technical developments

    Fisheries Development / Maintenance

    • Contribute to habitat improvement schemes (including improving fisheries access and infrastructure)
    • Conduct research survey work and monitor scientific data
    • Electro-fishing and netting including catching, measuring, examining and releasing fish
    • Provide assistance for angling festivals and competitions


    • Leaving Certificate or equivalent
    • A full driving licence valid in the State
    • Experienced working on boats OR experience working in an environmental role OR previous experience in a protection role (for example law enforcement/ armed forces/ navy etc)
    • No convictions under the Irish Fisheries Legislation
    • Eligible to work in the State
    • Fluent English – both in spoken and written English
    • Good knowledge of computer skills including MS Office
    • Reside close to base (for call-out purposes, successful candidates must reside within at least 60 mins drive of their assigned base location)
    • Competent in and on the water (both at sea and in lakes and rivers)
    • Demonstrates a passion / strong interest in promoting, protecting and conserving our natural resources
    • Ability to form effective working relationships with team members, members of the public and IFI’s stakeholders
    • Excellent communication skills
    • Flexible approach to work and hours
    • Commitment to the job and demonstrates self-motivation


    • Ability to tow trailers
    • Safe pass
    • Powerboat Level 2
    • Kayaking Level 3
    • Knowledge of fisheries legislation


    Fisheries officers work a 39-hour week and this will include weekends, evenings, early morning and late nights.


    Appointment to this position will be on six-month fixed term contract*

    Closing Date for Applications: 9am Monday 22nd March 2021. Late applications will not be accepted.

    Interviews are due to be conducted remotely between 14th – 16th April.

    Please note that applicants will be short listed for interview based on the information supplied in their cover letter and CV.

    Canvasing Will Disqualify

    Inland Fisheries Ireland is an Equal Opportunities Employer

    *Seasonal contracts are expected to be fixed term contracts for a period of six months from 31 May 2021 to 30 November 2021. These dates are subject to operational requirements that may arise due to the Covid-19 pandemic.


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