Vacancy -- Marine Enforcement Officer (Science / Conservation) x2

Recruitment Principles

The Welsh Government's recruitment processes are underpinned by the principle of selection for appointment on merit on the basis of fair and open competition as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s Recruitment Principles.

Vacancy Details

Economy, Skills and Natural Resources
Control and Enforcement
EO - £24,415 - £28,150
Up to point 3 on pay scale depending on experience
Full time (applications are welcome from people who work part time, as part of a job share or who work full time)
North Wales, South West Wales

Purpose of Post:

  • The aim of Welsh Government Marine & Fisheries Division is to support sustainable fisheries as an integral part of clean, healthy, safe, productive and biologically diverse Welsh seas.


  • The Control & Enforcement Team are responsible for the implementation and enforcement of relevant European, UK and Welsh marine and fisheries legislation.


  • One of the major policy areas within Fisheries relates to Sea Fishing. This area brings staff in direct contact with the fishing industry, the technical measures that control fishing and with other parts of the UK and Europe.


  • The main purpose of this post is to lead operational delivery of the marine licensing regime and nature conservation legislation, as well as taking the lead on scientific work within the Control and Enforcement Branch.


  • As part of a national team of MEOs, the post holder will be required to support the wider role of the Marine and Fisheries Control and Enforcement Team carrying out enforcement duties around the Welsh Coast. They will be required to help to enforce fisheries legislation applicable in Wales, including the monitoring of fish landings at local ports, checking log books/landing declarations and where necessary, gathering evidence, preparation of investigations case files which may lead onto prosecution for which you may be required to give evidence. You may also be required to plan for and enforce against commercial intertidal fisheries (e.g. hand gathering of cockles and mussels etc).


  • The post holder will be required to spend time at sea, undertaking scientific surveys and research on one of the Welsh Government’s Fisheries Patrol Vessels.


  • The post holder may on occasion be required to work as part of the Welsh Fisheries Monitoring Centre based in Milford Haven or may also need to undertake enforcement activities on one of the Fisheries Patrol Vessels.

Key tasks:

  • Develop plans for and lead the enforcement of the marine licensing regime within Wales.
  • Develop plans for and lead the enforcement of marine nature conservation legislation within Wales.
  • Take a lead in providing operational support to the Marine and Fisheries Science teams within the Marine and Fisheries Division.
  • Support the team of MEOs to enforce against commercial fisheries around the Welsh coast.
  • Gather evidence, conduct investigations in accordance with the Police and Criminal Evidence Act, prepare case files and may be required to give evidence at court.
  • Provision of technical and scientific advice to policy colleagues on fishing operations, fish distribution, processing and other maritime-related matters.
  • Regular liaison with the fishing industry, other parts of Welsh Government, Other Government Departments, the Police, Local Authorities, Natural Resources Wales and statutory and non-statutory bodies.
  • Build a good rapport with all sectors of the fishing industry, environmental and scientific bodies.
  • Undertake when required seagoing patrols, acting as on-board enforcement officers.

Development opportunities:

The role will require individuals to board vessels, examine the fish caught or landed and therefore requires a degree of physical fitness. 

Individuals will be required to train to become fully warranted Marine Enforcement Officers. The training and supervision will take around a year to complete and will include intensive courses in a range of activities.

Closing Date:

08/01/2020, 15:00

Disability Confident

Welsh Government accepts the social definition of disability, in which it is recognised that barriers in society act to disable people who have impairments or health conditions or who use British Sign Language. We are committed to removing barriers so that all (or potential new staff) can perform at their best. The Equality Act 2010 uses the medical definition of disability (“a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term impact on a person’s ability to carry out normal day to day activities”).

We guarantee to interview anyone who is disabled whose application meets the minimum criteria for the post. By ‘minimum criteria’ we mean that you must provide us with evidence in your application which demonstrates that you generally meet the level of competence for the role and any qualifications, skills or experience defined as essential. We are committed to the employment and career development of disabled people.

If you have an impairment or health condition, or use British Sign Language and need to discuss reasonable adjustments for any part of this recruitment process, or wish to discuss how we will support you if you were to be successful, please email as soon as possible and a member of the team will contact you to discuss your requirements and any questions you may have.

Welsh Language Requirements

The Welsh Government is a bilingual organisation and Welsh language skills are considered an asset to the organisation. We encourage and support staff to learn, develop and use their Welsh language skills in the workplace. 

The following list of language requirements represents an objective assessment by the line manager on behalf of the Welsh Government of the Welsh language skills required to undertake the duties of this particular post.

Can read some routine work-related material with support e.g. dictionary
Can hold some work-related conversations
Can understand basic conversations about everyday topics
Can write simple work-related correspondence

Competencies / Job Specific Criteria


  • Making Effective DecisionsExamine complex information and obtain further information to make accurate decisions.
  • Leading & CommunicatingConfidently handle challenging conversations or interviews.

  • Collaborating and PartneringActively encourage team working, changing ways of working to facilitate collaboration for the benefit of the team’s work.

  • Delivering at PaceBe interested and positive about what they and the team are trying to achieve.

Job Specifics

  1. Good analytical skills to enable processing of multiple sources of information.
  2. Excellent communication skills both written and verbal and the ability to communicate well to a diverse range of audiences.
  3. The ability to work both on own initiative, and as part of a wider dispersed team.

Assessment Process

Other Information

Essential Information

Degree in marine or fisheries science.

Experience of undertaking scientific surveys, research and report writing.

Desirable requirements

  • Knowledge and experience of fishing industry or marine science.
  • Understanding of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act or working in an enforcement capacity.
  • Experience of spending time at sea.
  • Knowledge of marine licensing and/or nature conservation legislation.
  • ENG1 Seafarers medical (Candidates must be able to pass this within 6 month probation period)
  • STCW – Personal Survival Techniques (Candidates must be able to pass this within 6 month probation period).
  • Full UK Driving Licence.

Open Days/Drop in sessions

Come along to our recruitment drop-in sessions to:
• Find out more about the work we do;
• Hear from current MEOs, Wales Fisheries Monitoring Centre staff and vessel crew;
• Obtain information about the roles we’re currently advertising;
• Seek guidance from our HR manager to assist you in completing your on-line application.

The sessions will be held at Welsh Government offices on:

  • Monday 9th December – Penllergaer, Swansea
  • Tuesday 10th December – Rhodfa Padarn, Aberystwyth
  • Friday 13th December – Sarn Mynach, Llandudno Junction

We will be holding drop-in sessions throughout the day at the following times: 9am-11am, 12pm-1pm, 2pm-4pm, 5pm-6:30pm.
There is no need to book – just come along on the day.

Pattern of Working:

 These are full-time posts.

This post will be subject to the Welsh Government’s Annualised Hours contract which will require staff to work a fixed number of hours per year but hours will be more intensive in certain periods and less intensive in other periods. Post holders will be expected to work unsocial hours (during the evening, night and at weekends to align with fishing activity) and aboard Welsh Governments Fisheries Patrol Vessels for periods of up to 3 days.


You will need to assure yourself that you can provide sufficient evidence of the core skills, behaviours and job specific criteria for the post.

Evidence provided by applicants in the application and CV will be assessed using a scoring matrix against the job specific criteria. The successful candidates will be shortlisted for interview.

Evidence against the competency areas should be included within your application, however these will only be assessed at interview.  

Tim Croucher 03000258757

How to apply

All applications for this vacancy should be made online via the Welsh Government's online application system.  If you have a disability which would prevent you from applying on-line, please e-mail to request an application pack in an alternative format, or to request a reasonable adjustment related to a disability in order to submit your application.

To apply, you'll need to have an account on our online application system.  Click the 'Apply' button below, and you'll be asked to 'Log in' if you already have an account, or 'Register' if you don't yet have an account.  Registration takes just a few minutes to complete.  You'll need an e-mail address to be able to register.  Once you've registered for an account and logged in, you'll be taken to the online application form, which you'll need to fully complete and submit before the deadline on the closing date.  

If you’d like to apply for this vacancy in Welsh, please use the ‘Newid Iaith / Change Language’ link at the top of this page, to take you to the Welsh version of this advert, from which you can apply in Welsh.

For further information regarding the Welsh Government recruitment process, please see the Recruitment Guidance for External Candidates (link).

When evidencing your suitability for the post, it is recommended that you refer to the Civil Service Competency Framework (link)

This vacancy is closed to applications.