Environmental Jobs in Ireland

Port Ecologist

by admin - February 8th, 2020.
Filed under: Communications, Ecology, Full-time, Marine Science, Natural Capital, Ornithology, Site Management, Zoology.

Employer: Dublin Port Company
Location: Dublin Port
Job Type: Permanent
Salary: Not disclosed
Closing Date: February 14th 2020 

Permanent Contract (after a 12 month probationary period). Member of Port EHS Group reporting
to the Chief Executive.

Company Profile

Dublin Port is owned and managed by Dublin Port Company (DPC).  DPC is a self-financing private company owned by the State.  DPC is an infrastructure provider.  Shipping, terminal and cargo handling operations at the port are carried out by private sector companies operating in competitive markets. DPC is responsible for the provision and maintenance of the infrastructure needed by these companies to meet Ireland’s trading needs – now and in the future.

Dublin Port is the country’s largest and business port.  The port is being developed in accordance with Masterplan 2040.  This strategic framework gives certain and clarity about the development of Dublin Port, and involves complex construction projects to provide essential port capacity for future growth.

Central to Masterplan 2040 is proper planning and sustainable development.  The requirement to understand, measure, report and mitigate environmental impacts (whether due to operations or construction) is increasing and Dublin Port needs to be at the forefront in understanding its environment in all respects.

Dublin Port is located in the environmentally sensitive and protected area of Dublin Bay and is surrounded on the land side by densely populated urban and suburban communities.  The Port’s relationship with its natural and built environments is key.  Masterplan 2040 therefore also has a core objective to develop and implement a Natural Capital Policy that will underpin the sustainability of the Port’s operations and development.


  • Dublin Port is the busiest port in the country with 16,500 annual vessel movements
  • The Port handles 88% of national Ro-Ro and 73% of national Lo-Lo traffic and approaching two-
    thirds of petroleum consumed in Ireland comes through the Port.
  • The basic infrastructure of the Port is upgraded and added to on the basis of Masterplan 2040
    and it is envisaged that the Port will reach full capacity by 2040.
  • In addition to the objective of providing sufficient port capacity to cater for projected growth,
    Masterplan 2040 also has a core objective to re-integrate the Port with the City based on the
    Port’s heritage and culture.
  • Dublin Port is located in the environmentally sensitive and protected area of Dublin Bay and is
    surrounded on the land side by densely populated urban and suburban communities.
  • DPC has committed in the Masterplan to develop and implement a Natural Capital policy as a
    means to achieving the sustainability of Port operations and development.
  • Port plans and projects are subject to detailed environmental analysis including SEA, EIA and AA and these require comprehensive, authoritative and lengthy data time series showing the
    condition and trends in habitats and species.
  • DPC actively engages with local communities and groups to tell the story of the Port to ensure
    that key stakeholders understand the Port’s importance and relevance.

Qualifications, experience & required skills/expertise

  • NFQ Level 8 (or equivalent) science qualification in a relevant area
  • Relevant Masters or doctoral qualification is desirable
  • Ten years’ experience in researching, monitoring and managing habitats
  • An understanding and belief in the Natural Capital approach to compensate for the consumption
    of non-renewable resources and environmental degradation caused by port operations and
  • A proven ability to enthusiastically and convincingly communicate verbally and in writing

Baseline ecological data

  • It is essential that DPC understands, measures and reports on the condition of habitats and
    species of all types in Dublin Port and in areas contiguous to the Port (notably in the Dublin Bay
  • A comprehensive database of the condition and performance of habitats and species, particularly
    those with Natura 2000 protection, must be maintained and available for the preparation of
    reports needed for a variety of consent processes.

Development of habitats

  • Port operations and construction works potentially impact the natural environment in a number
    of aspects including flora and fauna in the marine and terrestrial environments. These impacts
    need to be understood, measured and mitigated.
  • DPC must routinely create new habitats and increase biodiversity in Dublin Port and in areas
    contiguous to the Port (notably in the Dublin Bay Biosphere).

Natural capital

  • DPC has committed to developing a Natural Capital Policy.
  • This policy must be relevant and bespoke to the Port’s requirements while also remaining
    compatible with best practice elsewhere.
  • The degradation of the natural environment as a result of port operations and development
    must be recorded.
  • The consumption of non-renewable natural capital must be understood.
  • An appropriate level of natural capital must be created to offset degradation and consumption
    of non-renewables.


  • DPC must be professionally represented in meetings with State / public bodies such as DCC,
    Dublin Bay Biosphere and the EPA and solid relationships developed and maintained.
  • Solid collaborative relationships must be maintained with organisations such as NPWS,
    BirdWatch Ireland, the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group, Coastwatch and the Irish Forum on
    Natural Capital.
  • DPC must work closely with universities and partake in and promote research.
  • DPC needs to be at the forefront in understanding the Natural Capital approach elsewhere both
    nationally and internationally (in the port sector) through participation and collaboration with
    environmental and port representative organisations such as ESPO.


  • The condition and trends in habitats and species and of DPC’s impact (positive and negative) on
    them must be communicated to a wide range of stakeholders including in an annual
    Sustainability Report.
  • Periodic scientifically robust and detailed reports on habitats and species are essential to ensure
    that the organisation gives appropriate focus in areas where problems are emerging.

Consent process

  • It is essential comprehensive data is available for the preparation of environmental analysis for
    consent processes of various types.
  • The work of external experts in the preparation of applications for consents must be rigorously
    evaluated and challenged to ensure DPC maintains a robust and coherent approach to managing
    impact on the natural environment.


  • Develop a coherent Natural Capital policy relevant to the circumstances of Dublin Port.
  • Monitor and measure the performance of habitats and species.
  • Devise and implement projects which increase biodiversity and increase the natural capital in
    the Port and in areas contiguous to the Port (notably in the Dublin Bay Biosphere)
  • Establish strong working relationships with State bodies, NGOs and universities.
  • Preparation of an annual Sustainability Report in collaboration with others.


  • DPC fails to develop a concise and coherent Natural Capital policy.
  • There is an evident diminution in biodiversity in the Port and in areas contiguous to the Port over time.
  • Trends in the conditions of habitats and species are not understood.
  • Projects to augment Natural Capital are not routinely designed and implemented.
  • Inability to work as part of collaborative multi-disciplinary teams.
  • DPC’s commitment to protect and enhance the natural environment is not understood within
    the company or among key stakeholders.


To apply for the above position please send full personal, career and current remuneration details to Dublin Port Company, Human Resources:

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