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Inland Fisheries Ireland Seeks to Recruit 49 New Seasonal Fisheries Officers

10th February 2022
From left, José Peréz (Kerry District), Maureen Byrne (Drogheda District), Andrew Crosbie (Cavan District) and Christine Meehan (Lismore District) are aiding the recruitment drive for new seasonal fisheries officers Credit: IFI

Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) is launching its recruitment drive to hire 49 seasonal fisheries officers.

The six-month posts are divided across seven River Basin Districts, covering 16 counties with recruitment getting underway immediately.

Seasonal fisheries officers will join teams over the summer months to help protect, conserve and develop fisheries resources working in and around Ireland’s lakes, rivers and coastlines.

The State agency responsible for the protection, conservation, development and promotion of freshwater fish, habitats and sea angling is looking for candidates for both protection and development roles, and they will play a crucial part in the agency’s plans for 2022, according to IFI’s chief executive Francis O’Donnell.

Launching the recruitment drive today, Thursday 10 February, O’Donnell said: “Our new seasonal fisheries officers will be joining us on the frontlines, helping to protect, maintain and conserve this country’s natural resources.

“As an environmental agency, enforcement, protection and development are a big focus for us. For example, our teams undertake over 30,000 patrols around the clock every year, including patrols by foot, e-bike, vehicle and boat.

“At the same time, our development teams ensure the sustainability of fisheries habitat, enabling access for this generation and for future generations.”

IFI’s HR director Róisín Bradley says the roles would particularly appeal to those who enjoy working outdoors.

“Our officers working in protection will spend a lot of their time patrolling lakes, rivers and coastlines, while officers working in development will also spend a lot of their time around lakes and rivers, as they build, repair and maintain structures.

“Those that enjoy being close to nature and working outdoors, in all types of weather, are likely to find these roles very appealing and rewarding.”

The agency plans to launch a second recruitment drive later in the year for seasonal research assistants.

Those interested in applying for a six-month seasonal fisheries officer role can apply online at before the deadline of Monday 21 February.

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