RECRUITMENT OF SALMON AND INLAND
FISHERIES FORUM NI MEMBERS
Guide for Applicants
Prior to completing the application form applicants should familiarise
themselves with the contents of the information pack. This pack
BACKGROUND AND GUIDANCE:
2. Management of Salmon and Inland Fisheries
3. Background to the Salmon and Inland Fisheries Forum
4. Guidance on the selection process
5. Key points to note on the Application Form and Equal
Opportunities Monitoring Form
6. Role description
7. Person Specification
8. Terms and Conditions
Annex A - Application Form
Annex B - Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form
Annex C – The Seven Principles of Public Life
The Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure (DCAL) wishes to invite
applications for the recruitment of members to the Salmon and Inland
Fisheries Forum NI.
2. MANAGEMENT OF SALMON AND INLAND FISHERIES:
The Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure is responsible, under the
provisions of the Fisheries Act (NI) 1966 as amended (the Fisheries Act) for
the salmon and inland fisheries of Northern Ireland. Salmon and inland
fisheries include the commercial fisheries and recreational fisheries on
Loughs Erne and Neagh and commercial fishing for salmon (and sea trout) in
While the management of the Foyle and Carlingford catchments are the
responsibility of the Loughs Agency of the Foyle, Carlingford and Irish Lights
Commission, the Department retains overall policy responsibility for salmon
and inland fisheries and certain conservation and development responsibilities
in the Loughs Agency area.
The functions of the former Fisheries Conservancy Board (FCB) transferred to
the Department on the 1st June 2009. These include the enforcement of the
conservation and protection provisions of the 1966 Fisheries Act, including
Byelaws and Regulations, within the jurisdiction of the former FCB area;
assisting with the investigation of pollution incidents which involve fish kills in
conjunction with EHS; the design and agreement of re-stocking/reinstatement
programmes following such incidents; and the issuing of fishing licences.
3. BACKGROUND TO THE SALMON AND INLAND FISHERIES FORUM:
Following the Review of Public Administration, the Fisheries Conservancy
Board (FCB) was abolished on the 1st June 2009 and its functions and staff
have transferred to the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure (DCAL). The
FCB was the recognised representative forum for stakeholders with an
interest in the salmon and inland fisheries of Northern Ireland (except in the
Loughs Agency area).
The new advisory Salmon and Inland Fisheries Forum was created to
represent these stakeholders, and had its inaugural meeting on 10th
December 2009. However a vacancy has arisen on the Forum and DCAL is
therefore inviting applications from the following stakeholder group:
Lough Neagh Commercial Fishermen.
4. GUIDANCE ON THE SELECTION PROCESS:
Membership of the Forum will be for a 5-year period.
Selection of a Forum member for the vacant position will be by means of
public advertisement and interview.
Publicly advertised applications:
Those who apply for the publicly advertised post will be required to forward a
completed application form and attend an interview to be assessed against
the criteria outlined in the sifting and short-listing section below.
Equality of opportunity:
DCAL is committed to equality of opportunity and as women, people from
ethnic backgrounds and people with disabilities are currently under-
represented in public life, applications from these groups would be particularly
It is anticipated that interviews will take place during July 2012. When the
date has been offered, those invited should make every effort to attend on the
specified time and date. Given the difficulties in arranging panels, flexibility
may not be possible within the proposed time period. Applicants are therefore
asked to indicate if there is any period during July 2012 which might cause
particular difficulties, for example, an already booked holiday or period when
they might be out of the country. Expenses relating to your attendance at the
interview will not be reimbursed.
Sifting and short-listing:
After the closing date has passed, all applications (excluding late applications)
will be assessed against the following selection criteria, on the basis of the
information provided in the application form. The criteria will be assessed for
those who apply for the publicly advertised posts and may be used to reduce
the number of candidates to be invited for an interview.
Knowledge and Interest in Salmon and Inland Fisheries
Ability to Review, Analyse and Evaluate
Working in Partnership
5. KEY POINTS TO NOTE:
Application Form (Annex A):
In completing the applications, applicants should refer to the Role Description
and Person Specification outlined in sections 6 and 7, and identify the extent
to which they satisfy the selection criteria. Applicants will be assessed on the
basis of the information provided on the application form. It is therefore
essential for applicants to complete their responses as fully as possible,
making use of the space provided.
Supplementary material such as CVs will not be considered by the
Under each of the criteria headings in the application form, we ask you to
provide clear and relevant evidence drawn from your recent work, which
illustrates how you match the criteria being sought.
You can use evidence from your working life, where appropriate, or from your
personal life, including any voluntary or community work you have been
Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form (Annex B):
DCAL is committed to equality of opportunity. All applications are considered
strictly on the basis of merit. DCAL welcomes applications from all suitable
qualified applicants irrespective of religious belief, gender, disability, race,
political opinion, age, marital status, sexual orientation, or whether or not they
DCAL is required to monitor the gender, ethnic origin, community background
and disability of candidates to ensure equal opportunities are effective.
Applicants are therefore asked to complete the Equal Opportunities
Monitoring information section of the application form. This information is for
purely monitoring purposes. It is not made available to the selection panel
and does not play a part in the decision-making process.
Return of Application Forms:
Completed application forms must be returned to: -
Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure
1-7 Bedford Street
BELFAST BT2 7EG
Tel: 028 90515110
All applications must be received at the above address by 4pm on Tuesday
26th June 2012. Please note that the Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form
should be returned under separate cover in the self addressed envelope
Applications will be acknowledged within 7 working days of receipt.
Applicants wishing to discuss the recruitment process should contact Susan
Loughnan on (028) 90515110 who will be happy to answer any queries about
6. ROLE DESCRIPTION:
ROLE TITLE Salmon and Inland Fisheries Forum
LOCATION Forum meetings will be held on a rotational
basis at various DCAL venues including
Bushmills, DCAL headquarters and former
FCB premises in Portadown, if appropriate.
Meetings will be held during week day
evenings, as far as it is practically possible.
REMUNERATION Travelling expenses paid
PERIOD OF SERVICE Recruitment will be for a 5 year period
although possible extensions may be
granted subject to satisfactory attendance
and the members wishing to remain on the
TIME COMMITMENT The Forum will meet on at least a quarterly
basis and meetings in general last for 2-3
hours. Members of the Forum may be
asked to serve on sub-committees which
may involve a similar time commitment.
Members will be expected to allocate time
for preparation for both Forum and/or sub-
committee meetings and to communicate
with other members of their interest group
(if appropriate) as a preparation for the
meetings and informing them of the
Summary of role:
To advise on DCAL’s salmon and inland fisheries functions and
appraise DCAL policies in this area
To report back to their representative interest groups (where
appropriate) on relevant issues discussed at Forum meetings
To provide advice to DCAL on any issues in relation to its strategic
objectives regarding salmon and inland fisheries
To participate in relevant sub-committees as and when required.
Members may also be asked to serve as Chair or Deputy Chair of the
Forum as this position will be filled on a rotational basis from the
membership of the Forum
The above is given as a broad range of duties and is not intended to be
a complete description of all tasks.
7. PERSON SPECIFICATION:
ROLE TITLE: Salmon and Inland Fisheries Forum
Candidates must be able to demonstrate that they meet the following
selection criteria in their application form:
Knowledge and Interest in Salmon and Inland Fisheries
An Ability to Review, Analyse and Evaluate
Experience of Working in Partnership
Specifically, applicants to the Forum must be able and willing to:
become conversant with the relevant legislation and regulations
applicable to the Forum’s remit;
read and comprehend advance papers;
weigh up the implications of any particular course of action;
use any personal or professional skills or knowledge to the benefit of
communicate effectively and participate in discussion at meetings;
possess good inter-personal skills;
adhere to high standards of probity and integrity.
8. TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Period of service:
Initial recruitment to the Salmon and Inland Fisheries Forum will be for 5 years
although extensions may be granted subject to satisfactory attendance and
the volunteer wishing to remain on the Forum.
Remuneration and Hours of Work:
Forum members are volunteers and will not be paid or compensated for loss
Forum meetings will be held on a rotational basis at various DCAL venues
including Bushmills, DCAL headquarters and former FCB premises in
Portadown, if appropriate. Meetings will be held during week day evenings,
as far as it is practically possible.
The Forum will meet on at least a quarterly basis and meetings in general will
last for 2-3 hours. Members of the Forum may be asked to serve on sub-
committees which may involve a similar time commitment. Members will be
expected to allocate time for preparation for both Forum and/or sub-
committee meetings and to communicate with other members of their interest
group (if appropriate) as a preparation for the meetings and informing them of
the outcomes. Members may also be asked to serve as Chair or Deputy
Chair of the Forum as this position will be filled on a rotational basis from the
membership of the Forum.
Expenses will be paid for necessary travel connected with membership of the
Public Transport – expenses will be reimbursed on production of valid
Private Transport – mileage will be reimbursed at 45p per mile;
Other out of pocket expenses incurred as a result of attending meetings (such
as car parking) will be reimbursed on production of receipts.
Candidates should be aware that certain standards of behaviour are expected
of those who occupy Forum posts based on the principle of probity. These
are detailed in the Seven Principles of Public Life produced by the Nolan
Committee on Standards in Public Life, which are outlined in Annex C.
You may be removed from office if during your period of membership, DCAL
is satisfied that:
You have failed to comply with any of the terms and conditions;
You are otherwise unable or unfit to exercise your functions as a
member of the Forum.