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Government of Western Australia - Department of Fisheries

Becoming a Fisheries and Marine Officer

Fisheries and Marine Officers (FMOs) work in the field to ensure fishers comply with the various rules and regulations that govern both commercial and recreational fishing in WA. Our officers do this through education and communication programs - on the beach, the water and in the community. They also have a law enforcement function, ensuring that people who abuse fish bag or size limits, or fish in areas where it is not permitted, are caught, prosecuted and fined appropriately.

FMOs need to have a broad range of skills and abilities. To gain the required combination of skills a range of short courses will need to be completed which are undertaken as part of their four-month training program. Officers are also encouraged to complete additional vocational training in relation to fisheries compliance and pursue further marine qualifications once employed to enable them to gain higher level positions within the agency. It is also desirable to have post-secondary or tertiary qualifications in the fields of natural resource management.

You don’t need to have a love of fishing to become a FMO, however you do need to have an affinity for the marine environment, be fit and embrace an outdoor lifestyle.

We are currently seeking applications from people interested in a career as a Fisheries and Marine Officer. For further information on the role and details on how to apply, please go to JobsWA. Please note the deadline for applications is 12pm on 6 March 2020.

Following this recruitment process, further vacant FMO positions will be advertised on the JobsWA recruitment website. You can register on the website to receive job alert notifications for when we next advertise. Please note, we do not accept speculative applications.

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