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Fisheries officers wanted for summer months

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Anton McNulty

Inland Fisheries Ireland have launched a recruitment campaign for seasonal fisheries officers with five vacancies open in the Western River Basin District.
The seasonal positions offer an opportunity to protect and develop Ireland’s rivers, lakes and waterways during the summer months. There are up to 40 positions on offer across six river basin districts.
The roles are available on a six- month basis with contracts commencing from late April and training provided to all new recruits. There are five vacancies in the Western River Basin District which incorporates Ballina and Bangor Erris in Co Mayo as well as Galway and Sligo.
Essential criteria for a potential applicant includes a full driving licence, fluent English – written and spoken, being comfortable working on and in water and being passionate about protecting, promoting and conserving our lakes, rives and waterways. Applicants must also be able to work antisocial hours – early mornings, evenings, nights and weekends - as well as having a love of the outdoors and comfortable working in all weathers.
Seán Canney, TD, Minister with responsibility for Inland Fisheries said: “Fisheries Officers play a vital role in protecting, conserving, managing and developing Ireland’s precious natural fisheries resource. They help enforce fisheries legislation which protects against illegal fishing activity and support the development of the resource through the maintenance of angling infrastructure. The recruitment of up to 40 seasonal officers will reinforce the critical work of Inland Fisheries Ireland during the high activity period of the year when there is increased demand for protection, conservation and support.”
Róisín Bradley, Head of HR at Inland Fisheries Ireland said: “We are delighted to launch this recruitment campaign for seasonal fisheries officers. These roles offer an excellent opportunity to work in the field helping to protect and enhance Ireland’s rivers, lakes and coastline. Our fisheries officers are custodians of this precious natural fisheries resource. We are looking for people in Mayo and across the country who enjoy working outdoors, who are passionate about protecting our fisheries resource and who have excellent interpersonal skills.”

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The closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday, February 8. To find out more about the roles and how to apply, visit www.fisheriesireland.ie/careers.