Working for MMO

We recruit people across a wide range of roles at all levels of the organisation. This may be in a support related area like finance, core-related activity such as policy implementation or in very specialist areas related to the marine area and fisheries industry.

All of our jobs are advertised on the Civil Service Jobs website.

Our public appointments (generally ministerial appointments to the board) are advertised on the Cabinet Office Public Appointments website.

The chairman and members of MMO board are appointed in line with the Code of Practice of the Commissioner for Public Appointments.

Applicant guidance

Salary and benefits

The annual salary or other remuneration will be stated in the relevant vacancy details. On appointment successful applicants will be able to join a partnership pension account, a stakeholder pension with an employer contribution based on your age. You do not have to contribute but if you do your employer will also match your contributions up to 3% of pensionable pay. You do not have to join the civil service pension arrangements. You may opt out and be covered instead by a personal pension or the State Second Pension (S2P).

In addition to any specific benefits that will be stated in the relevant vacancies, other benefits include 30 days annual leave, 10 and a half day’s public and privilege holidays and flexible working.


MMO is an equal opportunities employer and we are committed to providing equality of opportunity for all staff. Applications are encouraged from people regardless of age, disability, gender (including reassignment), marital status, race, sex, disability, sexual orientation or religious beliefs.

We offer a Guaranteed Interview Scheme for people with disabilities (as defined by the Equality Act 2010) who meet the minimum criteria for appointment.

Eligibility and nationality

All jobs listed in our current vacancies are open to:

  • EC nationals
  • members of the Commonwealth, European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non-EEA family members

Candidates from the Commonwealth must be free from any restrictions to reside and take up employment in the UK.

As part of our selection process, successful candidates will be asked to provide, in confidence, evidence of entitlement to work in the UK and to provide references for your character and health. We will usually ask for documentary evidence of your nationality and other personal details to enable us to start taking up references, health and security clearance checks. We will tell you what you need to bring with you if you are invited to attend an assessment centre.


Pre-employment checks will be undertaken in accordance with the HM Government Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS). The BPSS comprises verification of four main elements:

  • identity
  • employment history for the last three years
  • nationality and immigration status, including the right to work
  • criminal records check for unspent convictions also known as a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks.

In some circumstances enhanced checks may also be required however candidates will be advised if this is the case.

Additionally, successful candidates are required to give a reasonable account of any significant periods (six months or more in the past three years) of time spent abroad.

The DBS checks are designed to provide clarity on any unspent convictions and therefore the provisions of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (1974) apply.


No external candidates will be reimbursed for their interview expenses.

Work experience

MMO offers a range of options for work experience which may include almost anything the MMO is involved with. MMO will offer work experience placements to people aged 16 and above. However, there will be a restriction on the type of work that can be carried out by 16 and 17 year olds.

MMO are able to offer up to 8 work experience placements per year. Applications will be reviewed twice per year (February and August). As places are limited, we will give full consideration to each individual’s abilities and requirements when assessing people’s preferences and the most appropriate placement options. If you are interested you should complete the work experience application form (MS Word Document, 70.5KB) to let us know what you are looking for in a placement. Please also complete and send the equality and diversity form (MS Word Document, 60.5KB) .

All applications received between August and January will be considered in February, and all applications received between February and July will be considered in August.

Please send the completed form to

Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authorities (IFCA)

MMO is responsible for appointing local people with relevant expertise to IFCA committees. Appointees make up roughly half of IFCA committees and are appointed on a voluntary basis.

The members of the IFCA contribute their knowledge and experience to provide sustainable management of the inshore marine area of their IFCA district. They guide the IFCA to deliver its mandate under the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009 and in line with Defra guidance.

We seek to achieve a balanced membership across various interest groups, including those with commercial, recreational and environmental interests. We are also keen to appoint people who represent the economic, social and environmental needs of their IFCA district and who, collectively, bring a variety of relevant interests such as fishing groups (commercial and non-commercial), conservation groups and other parties interested in the work of IFCAs.

Each appointment is made for a period of 3 to 5 years, with the possibility of reappointment up to a maximum of 10 years. It is conditional upon the member following terms and conditions (PDF, 28.2KB, 2 pages) for the appointment, please note that these terms and conditions are being redrafted at the moment and are subject to change. Appointments are made in line with the Code of Practice of the Commissioner for Public Appointments and guidance issued by Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (PDF, 232KB, 9 pages) . Appointees must follow relevant IFCA codes of conduct as well as abiding by the terms and conditions of appointment.

More information on the work of the IFCAs is available from the Association of IFCAs website and from the websites of the North Western, North Eastern and Southern IFCAs.