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Fisheries Officers

Inland Fisheries IrelandGalway€25,188 - €38,648 per yearPermanentFull-time

This role is responsible for front line implementation and enforcement of the provisions of the Fisheries Acts, Water Pollution Acts, Water Framework Directive & other relevant statutory provisions, to include the provision of comprehensive conservation, protection, improvement & development services, inland and at sea.

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
  • Assist with general enquiries from the public
  • Operate and maintain boats
  • Maintenance of vehicles, RIBs, and surveillance equipment
  • Support team members in stake-outs at night /early morning

Fisheries Development / Maintenance

  • Contribute to habitat improvement schemes (including improving fisheries access and infrastructure)
  • Conduct research survey work
  • Monitor scientific data
  • Electro-fishing and netting
  • Catch, measure, examine and release fish (assessing their health)
  • Communicate with external bodies, i.e. Clubs, Fishery owners etc
  • Provide assistance for angling festivals and competitions
  • Write reports
  • Keep up to date with legislation and relevant scientific and technical developments


  • Leaving Certificate or equivalent
  • A full driving licence valid in the State
  • 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


  • Experience in a similar environment
  • Ability to tow trailers
  • Safe pass
  • Experience working with power tools
  • Knowledge of carpentry or general labouring
  • Powerboat Level 2
  • Kayaking Level 3
  • Knowledge of fisheries legislation


Fishery Officer, appointments will normally be made at the first point of the scale:

€25,188, €26,640, €27,478, €28,617, €29,515, €30,451, €31,135, €32,097, €32,899, €33,539, €34,495, €35,463, €36,863 (LSI1), €38,648 (LSI2)

An unsocial hour’s allowance of up to €3,147 will be payable pro-rata at either 50% or 100% relative to the number of unsocial hours worked


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


This post is offered on a permanent basis.

Closing Date for applications: 5pm Tuesday 9th June 2020

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