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Human Resources Unit

In the Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority, our people are our greatest asset.  We aim to attract the best people to join our team through a best practice recruitment process. 

Once you are part of the SFPA team, you will benefit from many ongoing learning and development opportunities, work life balance and many other benefits resulting in a rewarding and engaging working environment.


Current Vacancies

The SFPA engages Sigmar Recruitment Consultants Ltd to facilitate our recruitment competitions.  All recruitment for the SFPA is carried out in compliance with the Codes of Practice for Appointment to Positions in the Civil Service and Public service prepared by the Commission for Public Service Appointments (CPSA) and which are available on cpsa.ie. 

All vacancies in the Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority are advertised through an online recruitment system in www.sfpajobs.com and www.publicjobs.ie.  All applications must be submitted via this system.  


We use a competency-based interview method to select the most suitable candidate for a role.  Competency-based interviews involve giving examples of past experience.

By asking competency based questions, we look at how and what the candidates have achieved to date, to determine which candidates can demonstrate competencies most closely matching the competencies required for the role.

Interview Panels

Members of our interview boards receive training in competency-based interviewing techniques. We ensure that interview panels are gender inclusive, as far as possible.

Appointment from a panel

The Authority may decide to establish a panel of successful candidates in order of merit.  Any panel will expire after a period of either 12 or 24 months from the date of the first appointment from the panel, or when it has been exhausted whichever is sooner.  Qualification and placement on a panel is not a guarantee of appointment to a position. 

If an offer of assignment is declined, you are deemed to have withdrawn your application and no further offers will be made to you in relation to that particular post. However, some advertised positions have vacancies countrywide and panels may be established for each location. Where a candidate is placed on more than one panel, refusal of an offer from one panel has no impact on any other panel.

Appeals process

Requests for review in accordance with the provisions of the codes of practice published by the CPSA will be considered.  The Codes of Practice are available on the website of the Commission for Public Appointments www.cpsa.ie
Should a candidate be unhappy with an action or decision in relation to their application, they can seek feedback from Sigmar Recruitment at the contact details detailed on the Candidate Information Handbook.  An initial review will be carried out internally by the candidate’s recruitment contact as to why their application was deemed unsuccessful.  Timelines in relation to seeking an initial review as well as referrals to a decision arbitrator will be detailed in the Information Handbook.

Equal Opportunities

The Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA) is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to maintaining a workplace environment with equal treatment & equality of opportunity for existing and potential employees. The Authority adheres to practices and policies for recruitment, employment, training and promotion that are free from barriers that directly or indirectly discriminate against any individual. All appointments and promotions are made on the basis of performance and ability as demonstrated through our transparent recruitment process.

Dignity in the workplace

The SFPA is committed to working together to maintain a workplace environment that encourages and supports the right to dignity at work. All who work for the SFPA are expected to respect the right of each individual to dignity in their working life. All colleagues will be treated equally and respected for their individuality and diversity.

We accept that all staff are entitled to be treated with respect and that the work environment is free from intimidation/bullying, harassment and sexual harassment from staff members and from clients, customers or other business contacts.