Job Opportunities


Head of Conservation & Policy

Main place of work: Kilcoole, County Wicklow 

Department: Conservation & Policy

A full description of the role is available here.

An Application Form can be downloaded here.

Closing date for applications: 5pm Monday 10th July 2017.

Part-time Retail Administrator

Where: BirdWatch Ireland Head Office, Kilcoole, Co. Wicklow

Reporting to:  Fundraising and Membership Officer
Contract:  One-year part-time fixed term contract
Background: BirdWatch Ireland is the largest independent conservation organisation in Ireland. Established in 1968 it currently has over 15,000 members and supporters, with an active nationwide network of over 30 branches. The primary objective of BirdWatch Ireland is the protection of wild birds and their habitats in Ireland. BirdWatch Ireland is the trading name of the Irish Wildbird Conservancy, a company limited by guarantee, and has an annual turnover of over €1.7million. It is also a registered charity and a partner of BirdLife International, a partnership of over 100 bird conservation organisations across the globe.

Duties & Responsibilities

Overall Objectives:

  • To promote BirdWatch Ireland through sales and retail activity.
  • To run BirdWatch Ireland’s Retail Services Unit as per agreed targets and budgets.

Specific Responsibilities include:

  • Receive customers and supporters to the shop/reception area.
  • Handle telephone enquiries.
  • Fulfil shop orders received through internet downloads, post and walk-in customers.
  • Order and re-order shop stock as required from existing suppliers.
  • Maintain and update on line shop entries, currently in OS Commerce software.
  • Operate POS software, including edits and updates of product list, Z reads, etc.
  • Carry out monthly stock-takes and reconcile with supporting records.
  • Back up Administration staff as and when required.

An Application Form can be downloaded here (DOC: 118KB).

Closing date for applications: noon on Friday 30th June 2017.



Internship: Conservation Support

Main place of work: Kilcoole, County Wicklow 

Department: Conservation & Science

Period covered: May - November 2017

Salary: This is an intern post; no salary is available. Some contribution to travel costs may be available. Any costs incurred as part of the post requirements will be covered.

A full description of the role is available here.

An Application Form can be downloaded here.

Closing date for applications: noon Friday 5th May 2017.

Volunteers Required: Shannon Callows Breeding Wader Project

Task: Wildlife Reserve work

Where: Shannon Callows (Banagher, Co. Offaly)

When: April/May 2017 (weather and funding dependant)

Job length: 1-2 weeks full time

Commitments: Minimum commitment of one week

Why We Need You: Early in 2009, we erected a predator proof fence around one of our key breeding wader sites (Lapwing, Redshank, Curlew and Snipe all breed on site). Over 3.5km long and both fox and mink proof, the fence has proved a huge success, with many breeding pairs successfully fledging young. We are now looking for volunteers to help carry out maintenance work on the fence prior to the 2017 breeding season.

What’s In It For You: This is an opportunity for you to directly help in the conservation of breeding waders in the Shannon Callows; while at the same time, meeting like minded people and obtaining experience in conservation management.

The Skills You Need: This post will involve manual work outdoors, which will at times be repetitive. Attention to detail is crucial. A good level of fitness is required and candidates must be comfortable working close to water. Boat skills are desirable.

Notes: Previous experience is not essential, as full training will be given. An attention to detail and willingness to work are more desirable. All tools will be provided, but own outdoor gear and wellingtons are needed. Accommodation will be provided for the duration of your commitment.

For more information: Kathryn Finney, Breeding Wader Management Officer
Contact: 057 9151676 or
To Apply: Please send in a copy of your CV

Find out more about the Shannon Callows Breeding Wader Project and the predator proof fence on Inishee by visiting

Internship Position – Shannon Callows Curlew Survey

BirdWatch Ireland is responsible for undertaking a number of research and monitoring projects at national and regional scales.  We are seeking a suitably qualified person to join our Conservation Team as an Intern to provide support to the Shannon Callows Curlew Survey, over a 5 month period.

The post is an intern position; no salary is available.  The position will operate on a full-time basis (5 days per week Monday to Friday) between April and August, normal hours of work for this position will be 9am – 5pm, however a willingness to be flexible in availability to work, dependant on weather conditions is required.  This post will be based at the BirdWatch Ireland Midlands Office in Banagher, Co. Offaly.

The successful applicant would stand to gain experience on survey methodologies for Curlew and other lowland wet grassland breeding waders, the Shannon Callows habitats, bird data management using Excel, and ArcGIS.  In addition, the successful candidate will have the opportunity to gain experience on a broad range of conservation projects, including survey methodologies for other species.

Please note: accommodation will be provided.

The closing date for applications is 7th April 2017 (deadline extended).

A full internship description and person specification is available here (PDF: 90KB)

The application form for this position can be downloaded here (DOC: 47KB)

Head of Administration and Finance

BirdWatch Ireland is recruiting a Head of Administration and Finance to join its Senior Management team. This person will be responsible for all support services, such as IT, insurances and HR, and the finance function, together with supporting and developing Fundraising, Membership and Communications.

A full job description and person specification is available here.

Deadline for receipt of CVs and cover letter is 5pm Wednesday February 15th 2017

Fundraising and Membership Officer

BirdWatch Ireland wishes to hire a suitably qualified and experienced person for the role of Fundraising and Membership Officer. This line management role involves developing and growing the membership in terms of revenues and numbers, fundraising activities and initiatives, and operation of the organisation’s retail services - all in line with the strategic objectives set out within BirdWatch Ireland’s 2020 Vision strategy. 

A full job description and person specification is available here.

You must complete an application form for this position. This is available here.

Deadline for receipt of completed application forms and cover letter is 5pm Wednesday February 15th 2017

2017 Seasonal Posts 

BirdWatch Ireland may be in a position to recruit for various seasonal posts for the 2017 season (all subject to successful tender bids and/ or confirmation of funding). The roles will involve carrying out agreed programmes of habitat management, research work or species recovery work, alone or as part of a small team.

A description of the possible roles is available here.

The Application Form can be downloaded here.

Closing date for applications: 12pm Monday 30th January 2017 (extended deadline).


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