Senior Marine Officer (Training)

Senior Marine Officer (Training)

Grade: Higher Executive Officer

Salary: £27,557 - £32,503

Fixed-term appointment until June 2019 with potential for extension or permanency


Northern Marine Area: North Shields, Scarborough, Whitehaven, Preston.

Eastern Marine Area: Lowestoft, Beverley, Harwich.

South Eastern: Hastings, Shoreham, Portsmouth, Poole.

South Western: Brixham, Plymouth, Hayle.

If there is one characteristic that marks us out at the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA), it is pride. We are proud to use our professionalism and expertise to safeguard animal and plant health across the UK for the benefit of the environment, the economy and the millions of people who live here.

Join us and you will be part of a diverse team of over 2,000 skilled and committed professionals who share this inspiring goal. Together, we protect endangered wildlife, conduct research into bacterial, viral and parasitic diseases and vaccines, facilitate the international trade in animals, identify and control endemic and exotic diseases, and manage a programme of bee inspections, diagnostics, research and training and so much more.

The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) is a non-departmental public body that has been entrusted with overseeing the licensing and regulation of marine industries. Our work impacts on environmental protection issues, and supports England and Wales’ valuable fishing and marine industries. Joining the Compliance Team, you will:

  • Provide both hands-on and classroom-based technical training and assessment to trainee Boarding Officers, ensuring that MMO’s marine enforcement activities are consistent in quality and approach.
  • Work with trainees from a number of patrol providers as they conduct inspections of fishing vessels. Boarding the vessels with your trainees, you will either deliver MMO’s pre-agreed training courses, or you will devise bespoke solutions at the request of Principal Marine Officers.
  • Maintain and develop your own training materials, seeing to it that these are constantly updated to reflect best practise training techniques.  
  • Conduct post-course evaluation to determine the effectiveness of your training, seeking out areas that could be improved. You will also provide ongoing support to your trainees.
  • Guide trainee Marine Enforcement Officers, ensuring they have a clear understanding of the skills and knowledge they will need to acquire in order to gain their warrants.
  • Work in partnership with external organisations such as The Royal Navy and UK Border Force, promoting the priorities of MMO.

As you will be expected to spend periods of up to two weeks at sea with your trainees, you will need to have the flexibility to work irregular hours. Keen to share your knowledge with our friendly community of staff, you will enjoy the level of support that comes from an organisation that actively welcomes the ideas of its employees. Our people are passionate about their work, so you will thrive in our team if you share their commitment to maintaining high standards in everything that they do. With great leadership and communication skills, you will enjoy seeking out ways in which you can support the skills of the team, and your project management skills will be complemented by exceptional organisational capabilities. With the ability to see the bigger picture – particularly when prioritising your own workload and sharing resources to help colleagues achieve higher priorities – you will be calm when under pressure.

We aim to support the personal wellbeing of everyone in APHA. Our benefits include generous annual leave, a contributory pension, staff bonuses and recognition, salary sacrifice benefit options, and an employee discount scheme. We also offer flexible working.