Vacancy -- Senior Marine Enforcement Officer (Enforcement) 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 & Enforcement
HEO - £30,600 - £37,410
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 Operations Branch of Marine and Fisheries Division is responsible for all aspects of fish, fishing and fisheries enforcement. Fisheries policy in Wales is underpinned by the Wales Fisheries Strategy. 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.
  • We are looking for a 2 Senior Marine Enforcement Officer (Team leaders) to manage a dispersed team of Marine Enforcement Officers to deliver Fisheries and Marine inspection and enforcement activities on behalf of the Welsh Government.
  • The post holder will be responsible for supervising, managing and motivating team members to provide effective service delivery on behalf of the Welsh Government to Marine stakeholders in Wales.
  • As a team leader, you will be the contact point for all team members, so your communication skills should be excellent. You should also be able to act proactively to ensure smooth team operations and effective collaboration.
  • The post holder should be able to lead by setting a good example and engage the team to achieve goals.
  • The post holder will be expected to carry out enforcement duties and may be required to spend time at sea undertaking enforcement activity on one of the Welsh Governments Fisheries Patrol Vessels. 

Key tasks:

  • To manage, co-ordinate, monitor and direct the work progress of shore based Marine Enforcement Officers including setting clear team goals, delegating tasks and setting deadlines for work
  • Develop plans for and enforce against commercial fisheries in Wales
  • To be responsible for the implementation and monitoring of agreed health and safety management procedures within the team including risk assessments, safe systems of work and the provision of personal protective equipment.
  • To be fully conversant with fisheries legislation in order to provide advice and guidance to team
  • To conduct investigations of fisheries or marine related matters and oversee all investigations by their team ensuring the required standards and timelines are met.
  • To organise and participate in training of Marine Enforcement Officers, both in house and on outside courses.
  • 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.
  • To organise and participate in public relations duties
  • Provide Operational advice on fisheries matters to other teams within the Marine and Fisheries Division as well as the wider Welsh Government.
  • To appraise the performance of line managed staff in accordance with adopted procedures.
  • To ensure the required reporting procedures for shore based Marine Enforcement Officers are completed and submitted within the required timescales.                                  
  • Any other duties commensurate with the grade of this post.

Development opportunities:

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

Closing Date:

31/12/2019, 16:00

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

Job Specific Criteria

  1. Warranted Marine Enforcement Officer or experience of working in operational or enforcement role
  2. Previous experience of working with and managing a dispersed team.
  3. Good planning and Organisational skills


  • Recognise scope of own authority for decision making and empower team members to make decisions.
  • Continually communicate with staff, helping to clarify goals and activities and the links between these and Departmental strategy.
  • Identify and address team or individual capability requirements and gaps to deliver current and future work.
  • Successfully manage, support and stretch self and team to deliver agreed goals and objectives.

Assessment Process

Other Information

Essential requirements

  • Full UK Driving License

Desirable requirements

  • 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).

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.

If you are not able to make any of the dates/times, please do not hesitate to make contact with the contact on the job adverts.

Work Pattern

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 but hours will be more intensive in certain periods and less intensive in other periods.  Post holders may 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. 


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.