Regional firearms officer – North

Salary/Vehicle: Circa £30,000
Location: Northern regional office
Reporting to: Regional director
Closing Date: 28th April 2024
Reference: RFON/MAR/2024

Role information

We are looking for an individual with excellent knowledge of firearms and ammunition to include practical, legal, and technical experience. The role is to join a team delivering accurate advice to BASC members across a broad spectrum of firearms and ammunition related matters. 

Our vision

All BASC employees are expected to contribute to our vision:

Fight for sustainable shooting and conservation of the countryside.

Key accountabilities and responsibilities

  1. Provide BASC members with support and advice on any matters that have a bearing on the ownership and use of sporting and heritage firearms. This will be through day-to-day contact by telephone and e-mail correspondence, written articles, or personal meetings.
  2. Carry out research as necessary to ensure that all advice provided is accurate and appropriate.
  3. Support members in negotiation with the police to safeguard members’ firearm, shotgun, and dealership certificates as well as explosives licences. Use best endeavours to facilitate the return of members’ property where appropriate.
  4. Monitor firearms licensing practices in the Northern region of England and UK-wide. Enter the results onto the membership records database.
  5. Help to build relationships between BASC and the police firearms licensing community in northern England, including identification and resolution of licensing issues and the provision of training to police firearms licensing teams.
  6. Represent BASC at external meetings with members, the police, the Home Office and other agencies, as required by the regional director.
  7. Maintain contact with colleagues in BASC’s regional firearms team, director and head of firearms and BASC public affairs department, to ensure they are aware of key issues relating to firearms.
  8. Represent the association at game fairs, BASC roadshows and similar events to provide specialist firearms advice, as required by the regional director.
  9. Provide input to government consultations and changes in legislation where required by the director or head of firearms.
  10. As member firearms enquiries, and related work allow, support the Northern region team with other duties as reasonably requested by the regional director. This is likely to include but is not limited to; providing advice and support to members on other shooting and conservation matters, attending site visits and events, and supporting delivery of training.
ExperienceEssential skills, knowledge and achievements

Detailed experience of firearms and related legislation

Prior work experience in a relevant or associated sector

Experience of working with the media

Experience of providing a high standard of service to customers, ideally in a similar environment

Excellent team player

Able to work flexibly

Enthusiastic and approachable

Able to work positively within the spirit of BASC’s vision and core values

GCSE A-C, Scottish standard grades, BTEC first diploma (NVQ-2)

Outstanding customer service skills

Professional and friendly approach

Passionate about firearms management

Time management, able to prioritise and achieve deadlines

Good communication skills – verbal and written

Problem-solving skills – able to work on own initiative and exercise sound judgement

Excellent planning and organising skills

Able to work effectively under pressure

Current involvement in shooting sports

Current firearms or shotgun certificate holder

Working knowledge of countryside and related legislation

Knowledge of firearms forensic examination or another firearms speciality

General requirements

BASC head office is based in Marford Mill, Rossett, north Wales, with country and regional offices across the UK.

We have an agile working approach, with our core hours being between 8.30 – 5.30 Monday – Friday.  We do expect some weekend and out-of-hours working to support our membership engagement. Your working hours are stated in your contract of employment.

You are expected to be flexible and agile and be willing to undertake any other duties that may reasonably be required.

All our employees must always act as positive ambassadors for the association when dealing with members or representing the association in other ways.

Essential requirements for roleDelete as necessary
Driving licenceYES
DBS checkNO
Firearms certificateNO
Shotgun certificateNO

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