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Contract typePermanent
Contract lengthn/a
OrganisationWaterways Ireland
LocationWestern Regional Office, Scarriff, County Clare, Ireland
Salary€32,689 - €61,822
Hours37 hrs per week

Job details

Waterways Ireland is one of the six North/South Implementation Bodies established under the British Irish Agreement in 1999.​​

Waterways Ireland manages, maintains, develops and promotes over 1000km inland navigable waterways principally for recreational purposes. The waterways under the remit of the body are the Barrow Navigation, the Erne System, the Grand Canal, the Lower Bann, the Royal Canal, the Shannon-Erne Waterway and the Shannon Navigation.

Waterways Ireland's Headquarters is in Enniskillen, and regional offices are located in Carrick-on-Shannon, Dublin and Scarriff.​Waterways Ireland's activities are planned under a Corporate Plan 2013-2016 which is approved by the Department for Infrastructure in Northern Ireland and the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht in Ireland.



To meet our statutory remit, Waterways Ireland is looking for a Project Ecologist to join our Environment and Heritage team in Scarriff Co. Clare. The successful candidate will provide comprehensive ecological services and specialist advice on a diverse range of projects undertaken by the team, particularly with regard to the delivery of capital and maintenance project requirements.

The role offers an opportunity for a professional ecologist to work on 1000 km of navigable waterways throughout the island of Ireland utilising the various skills they may have acquired through formal training and professional experience. Prospective candidates will be expected to have excellent report writing skills, be well organised with meticulous attention to detail while also being able to manage a varied and full work load.

While the main focus of this role is on ecology, there is also the requirement to support the range of environmental and heritage projects undertaken by the organisation.


  • Undertaking ecological background research, desk studies, fieldwork and biological data collection and interpretation to best practice guidelines and methodologies.
  • Compiling Ecological Impact Assessments and Habitats Directive Assessment reports on the likely impacts of proposed capital and maintenance projects and recommending appropriate mitigation measures.
  • Commissioning ecological assessments as required, managing external consultants and reviewing outputs.
  • Supporting the Environment and Heritage Section in conducting/overseeing environmental and heritage studies.
  • Delivering fit for purpose project outputs within set deadlines to support the engineering and technical teams in project delivery.
  • Preparation of habitat maps using GIS software.
  • Interacting with a range of statutory and non-statutory stakeholders and the public, and representing Waterways Ireland on various committee/fora as required.

A full job description and application form for this post can be found at:

Closing date2019-02-28