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23 Aug 2019

Ever wanted to become a Fisheries Officer, or know someone that does? This is a unique opportunity to join a team protecting the fisheries resources and aquatic habitat of NSW.

NSW Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI) is currently advertising to fill a current Fisheries Officer vacancy located at Sydney North (Wollstonecraft) and to create a Talent Pool of potential Fisheries Officers for any future vacancies that may arise over the next 12 months at any of our 28 locations across NSW.

“DPI Fisheries Officers spend many hours on patrol, detecting and preventing illegal fishing and damage to fish habitats through education and enforcement.” NSW DPI Director Fisheries Compliance, Patrick Tully, said.

“The work of fisheries officers involves optimising compliance with fisheries and marine protected areas laws primarily checking catches of both recreational and commercial fishers to ensure they comply with bag limits, legal lengths, and other important rules.

“These duties include field-based work such as patrolling offshore waters, estuaries and inland rivers, lakes and impoundments by boat, as well as patrols in 4-wheel drive vehicles in sometimes difficult and remote terrains.

“I would encourage anyone with an interest in fisheries or natural resource management and with a strong compliance ethic to apply for a position.”

Mr Tully said the role includes regulatory functions such as the issuing of cautions or penalty notices for fisheries and marine estate offences, and the preparation of offence reports for prosecution of more serious offences. Officers are required to attend court from time to time to give evidence in relation to fisheries offences in which they were either the reporting officer or a witness.

“There are strict pre-employment requirements, including that applicants hold a current licence to drive a manual motor vehicle and a current boat licence (or the ability to gain one prior to commencement) in NSW. Applicants must have, at a minimum, an HSC or equivalent, for example a trade certificate. Colour vision is required for maritime certification, and swimming ability (200m) is required, as well as physical fitness which is tested for short-listed applicants prior to employment,” Mr Tully said.

For more information about this exciting opportunity, and to apply for the available role visit https://iworkfor.nsw.gov.au/job/fisheries-officer-169811

Applications are required to be submitted electronically via our online portal by 3 September 2019.