Job vacancy – First Mate

Could you protect the waters around the Kent & Essex coast – including marine habitats and fish stocks – by upholding key legislation?

About the role

In this varied role, you’ll tackle a range of work centred on marine enforcement. As well as assisting the skipper with the management, day-to-day maintenance and running of KEIFCA’s sea going patrol vessels, you’ll ensure that anyone fishing in the Kent & Essex IFCA district, either commercially or recreationally, complies with the Marine & Coastal Access Act and other marine, environmental and sea fisheries legislation. You will work closely with a range of contacts and stakeholders, carrying out inspections; collecting and recording data; and giving advice and guidance using your knowledge and understanding of the different fisheries and fishing methods in our district and the issues they face. Day-to-day, you could be doing anything from helming patrol vessels, inspecting fishing boats and monitoring fish landings to running the deck of the patrol boat on a survey.

About you

To join us, you must have enthusiasm for the marine environment and a knowledge of marine issues and the fishing industry together with a strong drive to enforce rules protecting fish stocks, marine habitats and marine wildlife. You will have had proven experience in handling boats and RIBs at sea with the confidence and ability to do so in the absence of the skipper. You’ll combine this with good communication skills, an organised approach and a gift for teamwork and collaboration. Crucially, you must be ready to work unsocial hours (e.g. weekends and at night) and tackle physically demanding duties in a challenging marine environment, we’ll expect you to meet the standard required to obtain a Seafarers Medical Certificate (ENG1), to be able to locate, board and inspect fishing vessels both on the shore and at sea.

The first round interviews for this post will be held week commencing 14th August 2017 in Brightlingsea, Essex

For further information click here and to download an application form click here

Closing date for applications: 7th August 2017

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