Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) is the State agency responsible for the conservation, protection, management, marketing, development and improvement of our inland fisheries and sea angling resources.

Founded in 2021, it is now the essential body responsible for over 74,000km of rivers and streams and 128,000ha of lakes across the country.

Teamwork is at the core of IFI, where its people are committed to the stewardship of Ireland’s inland fisheries and sea angling resources.

The organisation’s vision is to place Ireland’s inland fisheries resource in the best sustainable position for the benefit of future generations.

About you

You have a genuine and keen interest in helping to protect and develop Ireland’s precious fisheries resource. Knowledge and passion for fishing come naturally to you and you delight at the possibility of kickstarting a lifelong career in fisheries.

You love and appreciate the outdoors and are interested in angling.

Working in both an office environment and on or near water appeals to you.

Sound like you? If so, great, because this could be the ideal job for you.

Speaking on behalf of IFI, head of HR Roisin Bradley welcomes applications from enthusiastic candidates ahead of the summer season.

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“We are looking for applicants who are passionate about developing and protecting our fisheries resource, have an appreciation for the natural environment and who have excellent interpersonal skills.”

About the role

IFI seeks to employ a number of seasonal inland fisheries officers nationwide, who have a passion for Ireland’s fisheries and are committed to protecting our country's fish populations, conserving a sector of our natural biodiversity.

“Our fisheries officers ensure we have the capacity to carry out necessary work as custodians of this precious resource," added Roisin.

"We look forward to welcoming the new members to our team in the summer.”

An inland fisheries officer plays a diverse role. As well as monitoring, managing and protecting farmed and wild fish stocks, they also safeguard the rivers, lakes and inland habitats where fish live.

As a fisheries officer, you would be the Government's first line of support for conservation.

Ireland’s fisheries officers also participate in public education and awareness campaigns about habitat protection and fishery resources.

Echoing the sentiment of IFI CEO Francis O’Donnell, the role of seasonal fisheries officer is fundamental to the sector during the busiest operational time of the year.

The successful applicant’s main responsibility will be to support the development and protection of Ireland’s inland fisheries resource during the summer period.

There are numerous roles available across six different districts:

  • Eastern river basin district: CityWest, Co Dublin; Kilcoole, Co Wicklow; Virginia, Co Cavan; Drogheda, Co Louth.
  • Southeastern river basin district: Enniscorthy, Co Wexford; New Ross, Co Wexford; Carrick-on-Suir, Co Tipperary.
  • Southwestern river basin district: Bantry, Co Cork; Farnanes, Co Cork; Tralee, Co Kerry; Kenmare, Co Kerry.
  • Shannon river basin district: Listowel, Co Kerry; Limerick, Co Limerick; Clare, Co Clare; Lough Sheelin, Co Cavan; Drumsna, Co Leitrim.
  • Western river basin district: Galway City, Lough Corrib, Co Galway; Erriff Fishery, Co Galway; Moy Fishery, Co Mayo; Bangor, Co Mayo; Ballina, Co Mayo.
  • Northwestern river basin district: Cavan, Co Cavan; Ballyshannon, Co Donegal; Letterkenny, Co Donegal; Clady Crolly, Co Donegal; northern Donegal, Co Donegal.
  • Applications

    Applications for these positions remain open until Monday 22 March, with interviews taking place in mid-April.

    These positions are based on a six-month contract. All new recruits will be trained in full.

    The successful candidates will commence work from Monday 31 May 2021.

    IFI fishery officers are deemed essential workers and adhere to agreed COVID-19 work practice protocols.

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