Vacancy -- Fishery Patrol Vessel – Fishery Officer and Vessel Crew x3

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
Fisheries Patrol Enforcement
Management Band 3 - £23,625 - £27,400
Full time (applications are welcome from people who work part time, as part of a job share or who work full time)
Various locations
Conwy & Milford Haven
To be confirmed

Purpose of Post:

The Welsh Government Fisheries Operations branch is responsible for all aspects of fisheries management, fishing and fisheries compliance. This area brings staff in direct contact with the fishing industry, coastal communities and stakeholders.

The main purpose of this post will be to undertake at sea enforcement. This will involve becoming a fully warranted Fishery Officer. Boarding vessels at sea to undertake a compliance assessment against relevant legislation.

As part of a small team, you will help to enforce European, UK and Welsh legislation in relation to fisheries – including the monitoring of fish landings at local ports, traceability of fish sales, vessel tracking , submission of statutory returns, gathering evidence for prosecutions and attending court. You will also be required to plan for and enforce against commercial intertidal fisheries (e.g. hand gathering of cockles and mussels).

Key tasks:

• Undertake monitoring, control and surveillance of EC, UK and Welsh Fisheries regulations individually and as part of a small team.
• Ensure industry compliance with all aspects of EU Control Regulation, including inspecting vessels in port and at sea, assessing catch against quota restrictions, inspecting fishing gear and technology.
• Act as Coxswain of Rigid Inflatable Boats utilized in enforcement duties as required.
• To assist with ‘watch-keeping duties’ and other vessel activities as required.
• Ensuring fish traceability through to first point of sale and collecting relevant data.
• Analysis of electronic fishing industry data generated by fishing vessels, fish landings, purchasers etc. to ensure compliance, effectiveness and consistency.
• Gather and communicate activity and intelligence information in relation to fishing activities around the coast line.
• Conduct investigations, in accordance with PACE (Police and Criminal Evidence act 1984), of fishery related offences with a view to preparing evidence to present to lawyers and possibly providing evidence in Court.
• Regular effective liaison with the fishing industry in relation to compliance matters but also joint working initiatives.
• Liaison with other parts of Welsh Government, enforcement authorities etc to ensure aligned delivery and development of policies.
• Undertake as required seagoing patrols, acting as on-board enforcement officer on WG Fishery Patrol Vessels.
• Enforce against shore side commercial fishing activities alongside commercial inter-tidal shell fisheries around the Welsh coastline.
• Support science colleagues with sampling exercises and obtain biological sampling data.

Any other duties commensurate with the grade of this post as directed.

Full training will be given in all aspects of the role and this is a unique opportunity for individuals to develop highly technical skills and strong interpersonal skills that are transferrable.

Development opportunities:

The jobholder will have the opportunity to develop their leadership skills and build networks both inside and outside the organisation.  There will be challenging times ahead and the role will give plenty of scope for managing and implementing change.

Closing Date:

25/05/2018, 16:00

Welsh Language Requirements

The Welsh Government acknowledges the importance of developing and growing its bilingual workforce, and welcomes applications for any post from candidates who demonstrate their capability to work in both English and Welsh. 

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 basic words and phrases with understanding
Can hold a basic conversation in Welsh
Can understand parts of a basic conversation
Can write basic messages on everyday topics

Competencies / Job Specific Criteria

Strategic Cluster - Setting Direction
Focus on the overall goal and intent of what they are trying to achieve, not just the task.

People Cluster - Engaging People
Confidently handle challenging conversations or interviews.

Delivering results – Empowering People
Remain positive and focussed on achieving outcomes despite setbacks.

Delivering results – Empowering People
Take ownership of problems in their own area of responsibility.

Job Specific Criteria

1. It would be beneficial that the post holder will have or can demonstrate the following; 

• Acquired experience of the fishing industry; or
• Other relevant marine or fisheries qualifications or experience; or
• Compliance and enforcement experience.

Please can you provide details of any qualifications and experience that are relevant to the above criteria.

2. It is a requirement that the post holder holds a full driving licence.

3. Advanced Powerboat or equivalent would be desirable.
    Please indicate if you hold any qualification in relation to boat handling.

Other Information

This post will be subject to the Welsh Governments Annualised Hours contract which will require staff to work a fixed number of hours per year (1924 hours) but hours will be more intensive in certain periods and less intensive in other periods.

Staff are required to undertake 3-4 day patrols at sea on a regular basis and also work unsociable hours.

The role will require strong inter personal, leadership, team working and communication skills in addition to sound judgement, self motivation and quick thinking.
• The post holder will also be required regularly to work unsocial hours, including night-time and at weekends.
• Where possible, Welsh Government, plan to retain a reserve list of candidates for any future vacancies. This list will be held open for 12 months following the appointment.
• Due to the specific recruitment process for this post, candidates would be required to remain in the specified role. Voluntary moves outside of the role would require candidates to prove successful at a Welsh Government Assessment process for that particular grade.
• A good standard of physical fitness is a pre-requisite for the role. Post holders will need to successfully complete a medical every two years.
• A criteria of the appointment is that the candidate will have successfully passed an ENG1 or ML5 medical.
A starting salary between £23,625 and £27,400 will be offered to the successful candidate based on their skills, knowledge and experience and performance at interview.

Mark Pole -

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.