Honorary Fisheries Officers - Expression of Interest | National
|Position Type:||Honorary Fishery Officer|
|Attachments:|| CPS - Honorary Fishery Officer PD June 2017.pdf (PDF, 274KB)
|Application Close Date:||31-Mar-2019|
- Do you have a passion for protecting our fisheries for future generations?
- Would you like to work alongside full-time fishery officers to educate recreational fishers and help them understand the rules and regulations in place?
- Are you reasonably fit and able to commit to working about 100 hours a year?
The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is currently seeking self-motivated, confident, and disciplined people to assist the Ministry's Compliance team as Honorary Fishery Officers (HFO).
Honorary Fishery Officers are volunteer warranted officers working in a rewarding unpaid voluntary role providing an important community service in patrolling New Zealand's coastline and helping preserve our fisheries for everyone.
HFO Duties are a mix of education and compliance. As an HFO you will:
- Educate people about fishing rules and encourage voluntary compliance
- Investigate suspicious behaviour and gather information on people breaking fishing rules and regulations
- Patrol and check fishers to ensure they are following the rules
- Be involved in the detection of offending against Fisheries legislation.
- Assist full time Fishery staff in other duties as required.
HFOs are the face of fisheries compliance and are integral to our education and voluntary compliance programmes. They are invaluable in protecting our fisheries, and are passionate, professional, good communicators and possess excellent local knowledge.
Quick HFO facts:
- There are more than 220 warranted honorary fishery officers (HFOs) working around New Zealand.
- Each year they do about 27,000 inspections and catch over 1,000 amateur fishers breaking the law.
- HFOs spend 100 hours or more a year in their volunteer roles.
- When fully trained, they have similar powers to paid fishery officers, including the authority to search, question and seize
Many volunteers also have a background in fishing, education or speak languages used by their communities.
You will be required to pass a basic swim test involving swimming 100m and treading water for 5 mins to allow you to undertake duties on our boats. Shore work only is available to those who do not wish to take the swim test.
Full Training after you start
If your application is successful, you'll get extensive formal training to enable you to do the job. You'll spend about 80 hours patrolling and training under close supervision before becoming a warranted HFO.
For further information and profiles of some of our volunteers please see the Honorary Fishery Officer page on MPIs career site. https://www.mpi.govt.nz/about-mpi/careers/working-here/honorary-fishery-officers/
Complete your application
If you think you have the skills we're looking for and want to join the team, complete the online application form to express your interest in becoming an HFO. We will be in touch with you when we are next recruiting for HFOs in your area.
If you would like further information then please contact Brenda O'Leary on Brenda.Ofirstname.lastname@example.org