Environmental Jobs in Ireland

Education Guide (Permanent)

by admin - March 27th, 2017.
Filed under: Botany, Communications, Ecology, Environmental Education, Environmental Science, Full-time, Non-Internship Vacancies, Teaching, Zoology.

Employer: National Parks and Wildlife Service
Location: Wicklow Mountains National Park
Job Type: Permanent
Salary: €419.29 per week
Closing Date: 3pm on Friday, 7 April, 2017 

The National Parks and Wildlife Service of the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs is looking for suitably qualified candidates in Wicklow Mountains National Park.

The post will be based at Wicklow Mountains National Park, Glendalough, Co. Wicklow. Staff are required to work 39 hours per week, rostered five days over seven which may include weekends and bank holidays.

The rate of remuneration may be adjusted from time to time in line with Government pay policy.  A different rate will apply where the appointee is a civil or public servant recruited before 6th April, 1995, and who is not required to make a Personal Pension Contribution. For more information, please refer to the links below.

An appointee will be chosen by competitive interview.  A panel of suitable candidates may also be formed should any additional vacancies arise in the foreseeable future.

Job Description

Location: Bolger’s Cottage, Wicklow Mountains National Park, Glendalough, and outdoor facilities in vicinity of Wicklow Mountains National Park, Glendalough, Co. Wicklow


• Develop and lead series of outdoor walks for the general public
• Provide information on natural heritage, the role of NPWS, walking and other recreational possibilities in selected sites
• Deal with enquiries about the region and visitor facilities in the area
• Deliver and refine existing Education Programmes and materials for primary schools, secondary schools, youth groups, adults and other groups
• Research and develop new programmes and facilities, including interpretative displays, Nature Trail, Sensory Garden, etc.
• Co-ordinate NPWS information days and events, including World Wetlands Day, Biodiversity Day, Heritage Week etc.
• Selling Park publications, cash handling, stock taking and completing end of day returns
• Maintain stock and resources allocated, including store room, library and other equipment
• Report all Health and Safety accidents and incidents to Programme Co-ordinator
• Facilitate and give training programmes for field staff and teachers
• Assist other NPWS personnel when requested; co-operate with other guides and NPWS staff
• Other duties as requested by Regional Management


• Guides are required to work 39 hours per week, rostered five days over seven which may include weekends and bank holidays. Flexibility in work arrangements is required. Some early morning and late evening work may be required
• Education Guides are required to work on their own initiative and as a team in a safe and responsible manner
• The majority of the Guides’ work involves working with children. An ability to communicate, relate to and enjoy working with children is essential to this role
• Knowledge of Wicklow’s flora and fauna is essential as the majority of the Guides’ work involves educating others on same
• Most work takes place outdoors in various weather conditions
• Guides will be issued with PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) including waterproof clothing and boots

Person Specification

• Fluent English
• Basic computer skills (MS Office suite)

• Higher qualification: preferably in a natural science discipline (e.g. zoology, ecology, environmental science) or teaching
• Fluency in Irish, or another language
• Full, clean driving licence

• Guiding experience
• Experience working with children
• Proven ability to work as part of a team
• Knowledge of Wicklow’s flora and fauna

• Knowledge of Wicklow Mountains National Park and environs
• Teaching/classroom experience
• Customer service skills/experience

• Excellent communication skills, both written and oral
• Excellent organisational skills
• Calm and responsible under pressure
• An enthusiastic, friendly and outgoing personality
• Flexibility in working hours
• Physically fit for outdoor work

These criteria will be used should short-listing take place.

Please note that successful candidates will be subject to vetting by
the National Vetting Bureau.

Please note that experience of working with children and knowledge of the flora and fauna of Wicklow are essential for this role.

Please note that a full, clean driver’s licence is desirable.


Click to download the Application Form. Completed applications should be returned by post to:

Dáire O’ Callaghan,
Human Resources Unit,
Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs,
23 Kildare Street,
Dublin 2,
D02 TD30,

Tel: (01) 631 3982

Please do not send Curriculum Vitae.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 3pm on Friday, 7th April, 2017.

Canvassing will automatically disqualify and applications may be shortlisted.

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