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Inshore Fisheries & Conservation Officer (IFCO) 

 Job title Inshore Fisheries & Conservation Officer (IFCO)
 Team Compliance & Enforcement Team
 Role Type Enforcement
 Role Summary The successful candidate will work in inshore waters onboard fisheries protection vessels to deliver risk based, intelligence-led patrols, operating in either the role of skipper or crew (subject to  previous experience). The individual will either facilitate and/or undertake boardings of fishing vessels at sea, in addition to conducting shore-based operations. The role also requires office based  working to support operational delivery.

Collectively, both onshore and at sea work will help support Southern IFCA’s delivery of its statutory duties relating to fisheries and conservation management across the District
 Location Poole, Dorset
 Reports to Principal Deputy Chief Officer
 Salary £28,576 to £37,339 (SCP 11-25 inclusive of a 10% irregular hours allowance). Starting salary is awarded based on experience. 
 Pension Local Government Scheme (defined benefits and employer contributions at 15% )
 Benefits  • Spinal Column Point (SCP) progression following successful completion of probationary period
 • Annual performance-based salary increments
 • Annual pay increases subject to backdated (pending 2024) and future National Joint Council public  sector pay awards. 26 days Annual Leave (rising to 28 following 5 years’ service and 30 
   following 10 years' service)     
 • Paid Bank Holidays
 • 30 minute paid break when working > 6 hours
 • On site parking
 • Access to Wellbeing Initiatives & support
 Contract/Term Full-time, Permanent
 Working Pattern The post will require flexible working based on business needs, as recognised by a 10% irregular hours  allowance (in addition to basic salary). 
 Hours 37 hours per week
 Eligibility  To be eligible to apply for this role you must:
 • Have the right to work in the United Kingdom
 • Hold a full and current UK driving licence
 • Be able to travel locally and nationally where required
 Appointment to the post is dependent on passing an ENG1 Medical and will be subject to satisfactory BPSS checks. 
 

Overview

Southern Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority (IFCA) are currently looking for an individual who will contribute to the operational delivery of Control and Enforcement in the inshore coastal waters of Hampshire, Dorset, and the Isle of Wight.
The diverse commercial and recreational fisheries within the district play a vital role in supporting the coastal communities along our coast. The district also hosts a network of nationally and internationally important Marine Protected Areas.

In this exciting and dynamic role, the successful candidate will work across the Authority’s three Fisheries Protection Vessels, operating in either the role of Skipper or crew (subject to previous experience). Accordingly the individual will either facilitate and/or undertake boardings of fishing vessels at sea, in addition to conducting shore-based inspections of vessels and premises.

In this varied operational role, the successful applicant will also support Southern IFCA in its delivery of drone flight operations in accordance with business needs. Collectively, both onshore and at sea work will help support Southern IFCA’s delivery of its statutory duties relating to fisheries and conservation management.

Whilst delivering operational marine functions, the successful candidate will undertake training to become a warranted IFCO. Once qualified as an IFCO, the successful applicant will champion the delivery of proportionate and effective regulatory enforcement of Southern IFCA byelaws, as well as national fisheries legislation, working as a member of the Compliance and Enforcement Team.

The successful candidate will be a good team player with excellent communication skills, with an ability to develop and maintain professional working relationships in order to promote and maintain compliance via stakeholder engagement.

This is an exciting time to join Southern IFCA, where realisation as an independent coastal state is forging new ways of governance in inshore fisheries. In addition, during 2024 Southern IFCA will be introducing a new bespoke Fisheries Protection Vessel, which has been procured to support the future delivery of compliance and enforcement across the District’s waters. We look forward to receiving applications from dynamic and motivated individuals who are invested in promoting and delivering the National IFCA vision.

 

Closing date : 11:59am on 12th July 2024

For an informal discussion regarding this post please contact Principal Deputy Chief Officer Sam Dell via email Sam.Dell@southern-ifca.gov.uk to arrange a call back.

Please send completed application forms to Maria.Chaplin@southern-ifca.gov.uk

Reapplication Policy: Guidelines for individuals wishing to reapply for a position

Candidates who have previously applied for a position at Southern IFCA may reapply for the same or similar position after a minimum waiting period of 6 months from the date of their previous application or interview (whichever is the most recent). There is no limit on the number of times a candidate may reapply, provided they meet the waiting period requirements.

Former employees seeking reemployment with Southern IFCA must adhere to a waiting period of 12 months from the date of their departure from the organisation. There is no limit on the number of times a former employee may reapply, provided they meet the waiting period requirements.

Provisional Interview dates  Interviews for shortlisted candidates are likely to take place week commencing 5th August 2024 . It is anticipated that a panel interview will take place at the Southern IFCA Office, BH15 2AA, this may be followed by a practical session at sea (subject to applicant experience).

Start Date:   Immediate

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