Environmental Jobs in Ireland

Port Environmental Scientist

by admin - February 8th, 2020.
Filed under: Communications, EHS, Environmental Science, Full-time, Permanent.

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.
  • Port volumes are growing and increasing the environmental impact from road haulage and ship
  • 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.
  • Port operations and construction works potentially impact the environment in a number of
    aspects including air quality, water quality and noise.
  • 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 of these dimensions.
  • 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 of multiple
    environmental aspects.
  • 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.
  • DPC’s environmental management is based on a systematic approach founded on international

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 a senior scientific role involving the measurement, analysis and
    reporting of environmental parameters relevant to Dublin Port’s situation.
  • A record of preparing and presenting scientific reports and papers and actively participating in
    national and international organisations to identify and learn from best practice and keep
    abreast with current up to date thinking.
  • An ability to authoritatively make scientific research and findings relevant and accessible to non-
    scientific audiences.
  • Knowledge and experience in managing environmental management systems to recognised
    standards such as ISO 14001
  • 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


Environmental data

  • It is essential that all relevant environmental parameters are identified and programmes
    instituted to systematically collect and analyse measurements of these parameters
  • A comprehensive data base of all environmental parameters must be maintained and available
    for the preparation of reports needed for a variety of consent processes
  • Statutory limits for key environmental parameters must be understood and trends measured
    against these limits

Systems and standards

  • It is essential that DPC maintains certification to environmental standards such as ISO 14001
  • Objectives and targets for environmental improvement must be reviewed and updated at least
  • Environmental audits must be planned and completed in collaboration with EHS specialists in the various functional areas (Land Operations, Engineering Services and the Harbour Office)
  • Corrective actions and preventative actions (CAPAs) must be identified, recorded and acted on.

Improvement initiatives

  • Measures to improve DPC’s environmental performance must be identified and programmes
    designed to implement these measures
  • Best practices in other ports must be understood and approaches successful elsewhere adapted
    and introduced in Dublin Port

Port tenants

  • The environmental obligations of tenants under leases and other agreements with DPC must be
    understood and performance against these obligations monitored and audited.

Natural capital

  • Data on the consumption of non-renewable natural capital and on environmentally damaging
    emissions must be gathered and analysed in collaboration with colleagues in the Engineer
    Services function and Harbour Office


  • 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 relationships must be maintained with organisations such as ESPO and the BPA which give
    access to best practice in other ports around the world.
  • DPC must work closely with universities and partake in and promote research.


  • DPC’s environmental performance must be communicated to a wide range of stakeholders
    including in an annual Sustainability Report.
  • Periodic scientifically robust and detailed reports on DPC’s performance on selected
    environmental aspects are essential to ensure that the organisation gives appropriate focus in
    areas of specific increasing interest or 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
    environmental management.


  • The collection of all relevant environmental data and the maintenance of a comprehensive
    database of data over time to inform consent processes and to provide a basis for measuring
    performance over time and trends.
  • Analysis and reporting
  • Identification and mitigation of potential future environmental problems
  • Response to and management of environmental impact from accidents or incidents.
  • Maintenance of certifications and management of the company’s environmental management
  • Environmental audits within DPC functional areas and of tenants
  • Preparation of an annual Sustainability Report in collaboration with others


  • DPC breaches statutory or other environmental limits
  • DPC is unprepared and slow in responding to new and emerging environmental obligations and
  • DPC exhibits negative trends or shows no improvements in areas of environmental performance
    amenable to control and influence by DPC
  • There is a lack of co-ordination of effort across different disciplines and functional areas in DPC
    to achieve company-wide strategic objectives
  • DPC does not routinely publish indicators and analysis of trends against key environmental


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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