Environmental Jobs in Ireland

Curlew Keeper

by admin - November 8th, 2021.
Filed under: Agriculture, Conservation, Contract, Ecology, Environmental Education, Environmental Management, Full-time, Predator Management, Zoology.

Employer: BirdWatch Ireland
Main location: South Leitrim (around Drumod)
Job type: Full-time
Duration: Jan-Dec 2022 (possible extension to Sept 2023 subject to funding)
Salary: €35,000 per annum pro rata
Closing date: *Extended to 5pm January 7th 2022*

Curlew Keeper 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 Curlew Keeper to systematically manage predation in the South Letrim Bogs in the Republic of Ireland.

The Irish breeding Curlew Operational Group were successful applicants for an innovative project to stem the decline of the Curlew in Ireland in 2 specific areas, Lough Corrib in County Galway, and the south Leitrim bogs area. The project is funded by the Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine’s European Innovation Partnership fund. It will trial new and innovative programmes to improve breeding outcomes in these areas, including: training farmers in predator control; nest protection through electric fencing; capital works to improve habitats; and a results based measure for Curlew.

Description of Role

The successful candidate will undertake systematic predator control at known Curlew breeding sites in the south Leitrim area. They will also work with the Project Manager and liaise with the Curlew Keeper in Lough Corrib to deliver a training program and trial a pilot Agri Environmental measure for farmers undertaking predator control.

It is expected that the successful candidate will teach participants of the EIP predator management compatible with the 1976 – 2018 Wildlife Acts and the standers set out by the Curlew EIP. Whilst carrying out the prescribed duties, they will ensure that all health and safety measures are undertaken. In addition, they will be required to ensure that the highest standards of animal welfare guidelines are followed, as set out by the Curlew EIP.

Key aspects of the role:

  • Systematic management of predators in the South Leitrim target area where Curlew are known to nest
  • Recording of predator control activity in standardized spreadsheets using excel
  • Support a baseline and ongoing programme of monitoring predator abundance
  • Trial the use of temporary electric fences at nest sites
  • Assist with satellite tagging work, including monitoring of tagged birds
  • Asist in the implementation of a trial agri-environment scheme for farmers and landowners in predator control and associated training program
  • In conjunction with the Project Ecologists, record observations of Curlew behavior and the dynamics of localised predator populations
  • Build positive relationships with local communities and stakeholders
  • Contribute to associated financial monitoring, data management and report writing
  • Effectively manage and maintain project equipment
  • Assist in the implementation of programmes of outreach to the local community: Local Action Group and participate in project meetings
  • Any other work as deemed appropriate

Applicants must have current licences for all firearms they will use in the management of predators (a Centrefire rifle and shotgun are required for this post; firearms proofed for steel shot are required); personal indemnity insurance and public liability insurance for the use of all firearms.

Terms and Conditions

The protection of Curlew their eggs and their un-fledged young from predation is critical for the success of this programme. Accordingly, during the breeding season of the Curlew, your hours of work will be determined by the requirements of systematic predator management that is focused on reducing the impact of nest predation, within the prescribed legal limits as set out in the Organisation of Working Time Act. It is expected that during the breeding season you will work long, often irregular hours with early starts, late finishes and weekend work.

It is expected that the successful candidate will work from home. They should ideally be based within, or near to, the project area.

The salary for this position is €35,000 per annum, pro rata. Leave entitlement is 20 days per annum, pro rata, plus statutory holidays.


Please complete the application form available on the BirdWatch Ireland website ( see jobs section) or contact

Application forms should be sent to (please put “Curlew EIP Curlew Keeper, South Letrim Bogs” in the subject box) or by post to BirdWatch Ireland Recruitment, Unit 20 Bulford Business Campus, Kilcoole, County Wicklow, Ireland.

Closing date for applications: before 5pm on Thursday 2 December 2021.  It is anticipated that interviews will be held on the week 13th December 2021. Anticipated start date is January 2022.

*Please mention when applying for this position.*


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