Department of Regional NSW
Animal, Wallaby, Kangaroo, Mammal, Wildlife, Antelope

Fisheries Officer - NSW Talent Pool recruitment drive

Fisheries Officer - NSW Talent Pool recruitment drive

  • 495148
  • Animal Care
  • Education And/Or Training
  • Environmental
  • Regulatory and Compliance
  • Safety
  • Unique opportunity to join a team protecting the fisheries resources and aquatic habitat of NSW 
  • Fulltime ongoing and temporary opportunities available across NSW 
  • CLICK HERE to watch a day in the life of a Fisheries Officer 
  • Salary from $78,167 + Super


About the role


You will be joining the Fisheries Compliance Unit within the Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Fisheries. As a Fisheries Officer, your primary purpose is to ensure all fishers, whether commercial or recreational, are complying with fisheries rules, advising and educating where appropriate, and taking compliance actions where required to protect our fishery and aquatic resource. Have a look at some of the great work we do on the DPI Fisheries Facebook Page.


In this role you will:


  • Undertake compliance activities including surveillance and evidence collection
  • Prepare evidence, offence reports, briefing notes and correspondence
  • Present evidence in court
  • Liaise with clients, members of the public and external stakeholders
  • Assist with the development of operational plans
  • Participate in patrols and larger operations often in remote areas on land and water
  • Design and implement educational programs to increase knowledge and understanding of issues and legislation amongst commercial and recreational fishers
  • Undertake routine maintenance work of equipment and materials


About YOU – What You Need to Apply 

To be considered for this role, you need to demonstrate that you meet the following essential criteria: 


  • Ability to build and manage effective stakeholder relationships
  • Knowledge and interest in fisheries compliance
  • Excellent communication skills both verbal and written
  • Problem solving and prioritisation skills


In addition to the above, it is essential that you have the following in line with the Crown Employees Fisheries Staff Award:  


  • A current driver's licence, and the ability to drive a manual and four wheel drive vehicle
  • A current boat licence (prior to commencing duties with us, should you be successful)
  • Colour vision
  • Swimming ability (200m)
  • HSC or equivalent


For further information please CLICK HERE to view the role description and check out a “Day in the life of a Fisheries Officer”.  


Why work for Department of Regional NSW?  


Exciting career pathways and opportunities 

We offer vibrant and exciting career paths for people from a wide range of backgrounds and skills. Once you join the NSW Government, you’ll be supported to develop your skills and expertise through ongoing training, and opportunities to move easily from role to role, and agency to agency across the entire NSW government. 



Providing a safe, supportive, ethical, diverse and inclusive workplace for our people is one of our priorities. We run a variety of programs and provide a range of supporting resources to ensure the wellbeing of all our people. 


Our people:   

Join DRNSW and you will be joining a team of more than 4,000 passionate people spread across a diverse range of disciplines and functions including – regional infrastructure, parks and wildlife, fisheries, agriculture and land services. If you’re motivated and passionate about making a difference to the people of NSW we invite you to become part of our story. 


What you need to do to apply for this fantastic opportunity: 


If this position sounds like you and you would like to join one of the most attractive employers in NSW, please attach: 


  • Cover letter demonstrating how you meet the requirements listed in the “About You” section above
  • Current resume
  • A copy of your of driver’s license, boat licence (if applicable) and education qualifications (HSC or equivalent) 


Applications must be submitted by Sunday 4th July 2021 


A recruitment pool may be created for ongoing and temporary roles of the same role or role type that may become available for filling over the next eighteen months. 


We encourage you to contact us for further information about the role and your application, please contact Christine Rae at or CLICK HERE to view the role description. 


Our Department is responsible for building resilient regional economies and communities, strengthening primary industries, managing the use of regional land, overseeing the state’s mineral and mining resources and ensuring government investment in regional NSW is fair and delivers positive outcomes for local communities and businesses. 


We encourage applicants from all backgrounds including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, culturally and linguistically diverse groups, the LGBTIQ+ community, veterans, refugees, and people with disability. We support an inclusive workplace where staff have access to opportunities and resources at all levels, enabling our team members to drive innovation, productivity and delivery of high-quality services. We provide dignified access to reasonable adjustments both during the recruitment process and in the workplace. If you require reasonable adjustment during the recruitment process, please call or text the contact for this role. 

Closing date: Jul 04, 2021

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