The Department of Fisheries is calling on people from a diverse range of employment backgrounds to consider a career as a Fisheries and Marine Officer.
A State-wide call has gone out for new recruits which will take the total number of officers patrolling WA waters to more than 130.
A finance company director, environmental management graduate and tourist resort manager are among the current group of officers based in the Mid West.
Officers are responsible for educating and informing the public about WA’s fisheries and ensuring recreational and commercial fishers comply with the fishing laws and marine safety obligations.
Jurien Bay-based Ray Worrall, Dongara’s Mark Blackburn and Geraldton’s Vicki Collis joined the Department of Fisheries last year.
Mr Worall spent 25 years working in the finance industry before deciding it was time for a career sea-change.
Mr Worall’s prior experience in the marine industry, working on a prawn trawler in Carnarvon, attracted him to the role.
“I absolutely love the job. Each day is different and it’s reconnected me with the ocean.
“Some days I feel like I’m being paid to do what I enjoy doing in my time off,” he said.
Ms Collis left her job as a dive tour operator and marine park steward in South Australia to travel around the country with her partner.
She fell in love with WA along the way and landed her “dream job” as a FMO.
Ms Collis has two degrees; one in Environmental Management and the other in Sustainability and International Tourism.
“I’m onboard boats, riding quad-bikes, working by the ocean, talking to the community and working with like-minded people passionate about the marine environment and sustainability.
“It really feels like I’m out there living the dream,” she said.
Mr Blackburn is a former Cape Leveque charter boat tour operator.
He said the role was as much an educational one as it was about compliance.
Salary vary for the role but can attract a salary of about $65,000 to $70,000.
For more information on becoming a FMO visit www.fish.wa.gov.au.Applications close on July 27.
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