Fisheries and Marine Officer - Trainee
Level 2, $77,546 - $83,887 pa, Public Sector CSA Agreement 2019
Perth Metropolitan Area
Sustainability and Biosecurity, Operations & Compliance
Governance and Standards
Permanent - Full Time
Position Number:
Pool Ref AV8103
Closing Date:
2020-03-06 12:00 PM  (YYYY-MM-DD)

CLOSING DATE: Friday, 6 March 2020 at 12:00PM WST (Noon)

Who we are

A primary responsibility of the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development is to conserve, sustainably develop and share the use of Western Australia’s Aquatic resources and their ecosystems for the benefit of present and future generations.

We do this through managing fisheries and aquatic ecosystems, assessment and monitoring of fish stocks, enforcement and education, biosecurity management and licencing commercial and recreational fishing activity, including commercial aquaculture.

For more information about the Department, please visit our website.

Position Profile

We are currently seeking applications from people interested in a career as a Fisheries and Marine Officer (FMO). Those applicants found suitable will be placed into an appointment pool from which permanent and/or fixed term opportunities may be offered as vacancies arise. The pool will operate for a period of 24 months from the end of the review period. Please note, inclusion in the pool does not guarantee a placement. 

Fisheries and Marine Officers play a major role in the protection and conservation of Western Australia’s aquatic environment. Law enforcement and prosecutions under legislation administered by the Department are key aspects of the position. Fisheries and Marine Officers are also regularly involved in the delivery of community awareness presentations to schools and public groups.

If you answer yes to the following questions, then this could be the job for you

  • Are you a motivated team player?
  • Do you love dealing with people and have a commitment to customer service?
  • Do you have an affinity with the marine environment?
  • Are you able to adapt to change?
  • Are you prepared to be relocated to, and work in, regional Western Australia?
  • Are you enthusiastic about promoting the sustainability of fishing stocks in WA?
  • Are you enthusiastic about promoting boating safety to fishers in WA?
  • Do you pride yourself on your own honesty and integrity?

 Eligibility / Other Conditions

Please refer to the Job Description Form attached for full position details and eligibility requirements.

This position is located in South Fremantle for the duration of the training course (4 months).  Following successful completion of the training course, location placements within the metropolitan and regional areas of Western Australia will be determined.

Please note, any successful candidate, including current employees of the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, will be offered employment subject to the award and agreement conditions that apply to the advertised role as outlined in the attached JDF. By accepting an offer of appointment, the successful applicant accepts the conditions and entitlements under the specified award and agreement.

Further Job Related Information

Please refer to the attached ‘Quick Reference to the Recruitment Process and Employment Opportunities’.  

We strongly suggest candidates check their suitability for a career as a Fisheries and Marine Officer against all of the position requirements, including the Key Responsibilities, Work Related Requirements, Special Requirements/Equipment and Pre-Employment Requirements located in the attached Job Description Form (JDF).

If after reading the Quick Reference and the Job description form, you think this a career for you, please refer to the attached ‘Becoming a Fisheries and Marine Officer’ and ‘Applicant Information’ documents – which contain more detailed information on the recruitment process and becoming a Fisheries and Marine Officer.

To discuss this role or for specific enquiries please contact FMO Recruitment Coordinator on 0429 317 779 (during business hours) or email

How to Apply

Applicants are required to submit:

  1. A current comprehensive CV, including details of two (2) referees; and
  2. A covering letter/statement that demonstrates in no more than three (3) pages how your skills, knowledge and experience relate to the following Work Related and Special Requirements, as detailed on the Job Description Form and in the context of the job specific details in this advertisement:
  • Work Related Requirement 1 – Demonstrated ability to negotiate and resolve conflict whilst engaging in potentially difficult, volatile and stressful situations.
  • Work Related Requirement 2 – Demonstrate sound judgement and model high standards of behaviour;
  • Work Related Requirement 3 – Demonstrated literacy and numeracy skills with the ability to present accurate information in a logical and meaningful manner; and
  • Special Requirement – Experience in operating small vessels and 4WD vehicles.
  1. A copy of a current Department of Transport Recreational Skipper’s Ticket or equivalent
  1. A copy of a current “C” class drivers licence (without a restriction to drive automatic cars only)
  1. Online questions within JobsWA (accessible when you click on the Apply for Job button); and,
  1. Copies of any other relevant qualifications/certificates not mentioned above.

Applications will be shortlisted on the basis of their responses to the above.  The values and business needs of our Department may also be considered. It is therefore recommended that you consider all information contained in the advertisement and any other related information before applying for the vacancy.

Please note that, should you be shortlisted, your ability to meet the other work related requirements not assessed at the initial application stage, will be assessed through future stages of the recruitment process.

Applicants are required to apply on line by clicking on the “Apply for Job” button at the top/bottom of the screen. Applicants must have a current, valid email address in order to apply online and this email address will be used for communication with applicants. Further information is available in the attached Applicant Information Kit.

Equity and Diversity

DPIRD is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workforce and is an equal opportunity employer. We value and strongly encourage people with disabilities, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, young people, women and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds to apply for positions within our agency.

The Department also promotes staff health and wellbeing, through the provision of flexible work provisions and a wellbeing and support program.

If you are having trouble downloading the attachments or lodging your application online, please contact (08) 6552 1943 (during business hours) and quote the Reference number.

Please ensure you have plenty of time to submit your application to allow for unanticipated problems, as late and proforma applications will not be accepted. (Please note: Online lodgement is system generated. Any submissions on or after 12.00 pm will not be accepted)

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development has a four day breach claim period. For more information, please see the Public Sector Commission Website

Closing Date:2020-03-06 12:00 PM