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MarPAMM Marine Management Plan Officer (Part time)

Closing date 5pm Fri 28th May 2021

The Marine Protected Area Management and Monitoring (MarPAMM) project ( has received EU funding from Interreg VA to develop models and management plans for protected habitats and species across the regional seas of Scotland, Northern Ireland and Ireland.

Retail and Administration Assistant  (Position Closed)

We are  seeking an experienced person to assist with the smooth running of BirdWatch Ireland’s administration, membership and shop operations. The ideal candidate will be someone who has excellent proven retail experience, and enjoys working as part of a team. Knowledge of birds and of conservation is not essential, but is desirable.

BirdWatch Ireland Seasonal Posts 2021 (Subject to funding)  Positions Closed

BirdWatch Ireland may be in a position to recruit for various seasonal posts for the 2021 breeding season (all subject to successful tender bids and/or confirmation of funding). The roles will involve carrying out agreed programmes of bird surveys, habitat management, research work and/or species recovery work, alone or as part of a small team. Most posts are available between April and September and require previous survey or field research experience and excellent bird identification skills. The posts are outlined below.

Swift Fieldworker (2 posts, May – August)

Swift Conservation Project Assistant (1 post, part-time March – June)

Raptor Research Assistant (2 posts, March – August)

Birds Connect Project Officer (1 post, part-time March – November)

Tern Wardens (4-5 posts, May – August)

Tern project Conservation Gamekeepers/Night Wardens (2 posts) (late April-July)

Senior Breeding Wader Fieldworker for the Cooperating Across Borders for Biodiversity (CABB) Project (1 post, February – December)

Curlew EIP Conservation Gamekeeper South Leitrim Bogs area: NB:  CLOSING DATE FOR THIS POST IS 19TH FEB 2021

Vacancies AUGUST 2020

(positions now closed)

Digital Marketing & Membership Development Officer

We are seeking an experienced digital marketing professional to assist in growing our membership and fundraising through online and direct marketing campaigns. The ideal candidate will have a passion for marketing and technology as well as a genuine interest in wildlife conservation and the environment. They must be tech-savvy and have great ideas on how to grow membership, increase revenue and fundraising with online marketing activities.

Ecological Advisor for the conservation of breeding Curlew South Leitrim.

Birdwatch Ireland, on behalf of the Curlew EIP Operational Group (OG), the members of which are BirdWatch Ireland (the Lead Partner), The Irish Natura and Hill Farmers Association (INHFA), The Irish Grey Partridge Conservation Trust (IGPCT) and Teagasc are seeking to recruit a suitable person for the position of Ecological Advisor, South Letrim Bogs.

Vacancies JUNE 2020

(positions now closed)

Conservation Action Plan Officer  – CABB (Full-Time Position).

BirdWatch Ireland is seeking a full time Project Officer for a nine month fixed term contract to prepare Conservation Action Plans (CAPs) for the Meentygrannagh Bog SAC (000173) and Lough Nillan Bog  (Carrickatlieve) SAC  (000165) Special Areas of Conservation (SAC) in Co. Donegal.  Plans will follow a template agreed by the statutory agencies, the key purpose of which is to enhance the conservation status of the site.

Current Vacancies FEBRUARY 2020

(positions now closed)

Current Vacancies SEPTEMBER 2019

(positions now closed)

Conservation Action Plan Officer  – CABB (Full-Time Position).  Position closed.

Cooperation Across Borders for Biodiversity (CABB) is a €4.9m project that will be delivered across Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland and the west coast of Scotland. BirdWatch Ireland and RSPB Northern Ireland are seeking a Conservation Action Plan (CAP) Officer for a 20 month period, to complete a Conservation Action Plan for the Dunragh Loughs/ Pettigo Plateau SAC in Donegal and assist others in the CABB team where appropriate. In this role you will liaise with RSPB NI, BirdWatch Ireland, Northern Ireland Environmental Agency and National Parks and Wildlife Service, landowners and other relevant stakeholders.

Marine Protected Areas Officer (Position Closed)

The Marine Protected Areas Officer will lead the development of Marine Protected Area (MPA) management plans with the maritime stakeholders in Ireland, including managing data relevant to the plan.interreg-logo-interreg-european-union-northern-ireland-ireland-scotland-european-regional-development-fundlogo-marine-protected-areas-monitoring-and-management

Blanket Bog Restoration Officer (Part-Time Position).  Position closed.

BirdWatch Ireland is seeking a Blanket Bog Restoration Officer, for a part time approximately 20 month fixed term contract, to assist with the delivery of two large infrastructure projects to restore blanket bog habitats in the North West of Ireland.interreg-logo-interreg-european-union-northern-ireland-ireland-scotland-european-regional-development-fund

BirdWatch Ireland Seasonal Posts 2019:  ALL POSTIONS BELOW NOW FILLED

The roles will involve carrying out agreed programmes of bird surveys, habitat management, research work and / or species recovery work, alone or as part of a small team. Most posts are available between April and September and require previous survey or field research experience and excellent bird identification skills.

Swift Fieldworker (2 posts, May – July)

To survey Swifts and work with community groups to establish local Swift conservation projects. Based in  (Meath & West Cork).

Breeding Wader Fieldworkers

One fieldworker in Donegal as part of the Conservation Across Borders for Biodiversity (CABB) project, to survey breeding waders mainly in Donegal.

Corncrake Fieldworker

Possible locations in Mayo and/or Donegal. To undertake surveys of Corncrakes and liaise with farmers and landowners over management of land and entry into grant schemes.

Tern Wardens (4-5 posts, April to September)

To protect, monitor and study breeding terns. Applicants must be prepared to work in a remote location and in a small team.

Tern project Conservation Gamekeepers/Night Wardens (2 posts)

(late April – July) – Little Tern Protection Schemes at Kilcoole and Baltray.

Other positions

We may be able to appoint an urban gull survey coordinator to promote the collation of information on urban-nesting gulls through citizen science portals, and to undertake some survey work in the Greater Dublin area. Suitable candidates should be confident public speakers and willing to engage with the media (newspaper reporters and radio interviews).

The salary for these paid posts is circa €20,800 pro rata; it may be higher for senior fieldwork positions.

How to apply: Please download and complete a BirdWatch Ireland application form here (DOC: 114KB)

Note that other opportunities may also arise throughout the year, so please indicate other areas of expertise, especially other field skills, when completing your application form.

Closing date for applications: Noon on Friday 15th February 2019

When submitting applications by email, you must include your name and position(s) applied for in both the subject line and the name of the file attachment. Interviews will generally be held during the two to three-week period after the closing date, or as advised, if you have been selected for interview. Please contact Michelle Kavanagh ( with any queries.

Other Opportunities. Position filled

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