Positions Vacant: Fisheries and Marine Officers

LOOKING for an outdoor-based career as a fisheries and marine officer? Then the WA Fisheries Department would like to hear from you. 

The department has called for new recruits to join a pool of potential Western Australian Fisheries and Marine Officers. Supervising Training and Development officer, Sandy Van Houwelingen said at full strength the department would have a team of more than 130 officers to work in numerous locations around the state, or as part of patrol vessel crews or recreational mobile patrol units.

“The new intake will help us fill vacancies as well as new positions being created,” he said.

“I’ve helped train many people to work as Fisheries and Marine Officers, which is a job that provides lots of variety and challenges for people who enjoy the marine environment and would like to play their part to help monitor and protect the State’s valuable fisheries. Officers play an important role and carry out a range of compliance-related activities in recreational and commercial fisheries and aquaculture operations.”

Houwelingen said Fisheries and Marine Officers do a lot of outdoor work and interact with a wide range of people in the community.

“The officers help to educate and inform the public about the State’s fisheries,” he said.

“They also ensure people comply with WA’s fishing laws, marine safety obligations and the rules that apply in marine parks and other protected areas. Fisheries and Marine Officers often work closely with other agencies, including WA Police and the Department of Environment and Conservation, on a range of compliance matters.”

Applicants can find out if the work will suit them, via a questionnaire available online at

Applications close on 27th July 2012.

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