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Biodiversity Officer

Negotiable Office & Administrative Kilkenny

Excel Recruitment are recruiting on behalf of The Heritage Council for a Biodiversity Officer to support the Council in delivering the aims and objectives of their Strategic Plan.

Closing date for applications is Monday 22nd of April 2024 @ 5pm. The full information booklet is available on the Heritage Council’s Website.

The Biodiversity Officer will have responsibility for the development and implementation of biodiversity policy at local, regional and national level, particularly in relation to land use and habitat restoration. Ideal candidates should possess a strong background in ecology, a deep understanding of policy development and proven experience in stakeholder engagement. The role requires excellent analysis and communication skills, the ability to forge partnerships across sectors, and a passion for integrating biodiversity considerations into public policy. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work in maximising the impact of the emerging Local Authority Biodiversity Officer programme as well as leading biodiversity policy development for the Heritage Council.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • Research and develop Heritage Council policy in relation to biodiversity, particularly with regard to land use and habitat restoration.
  • Work with the High Nature value farming technical group to develop and progress policies for high nature value farmland.
  • Communicate and advocate key messages and positions with a range of stakeholders using a range of communication methods and building alliances where appropriate.
  • Support the Heritage Council in implementing its strategic plan and fulfilling its responsibilities under the National Biodiversity Action Plan 2024.
  • Identify key biodiversity issues and initiate responses and submissions on issues of importance to national and regional biodiversity policy.
  • Analyse and consider new and emerging EU, national and/or regulatory legislation, policies and guidelines in a biodiversity context with a view to assessing the implications of such developments for the Heritage Council and responding to same
  • Represent the heritage Council on the national landcover and land use mapping programmes and ensure appropriate inputs from the Heritage Council and the LA Heritage Officers and Biodiversity Officers into these programmes.
  • Assist with the development of the biodiversity officer programme in local authorities and develop and roll out a Biodiversity training programme for local authority staff and contractors, in partnership with Local authority biodiversity Officers
  • Implementation of biodiversity policy through development of biodiversity conservation and restoration projects at local level, in partnership with LA Biodiversity Officers and according to priorities identifies in the NBAP and emerging Local Biodiversity Action Plans
  • Collaborate with local authority Heritage Officers on the preparation and implementation of City and County Heritage Strategies, to ensure inclusion of strong policies for natural heritage.
  • Work collaboratively with public bodies and biodiversity professionals to ensure good outcomes for biodiversity.
  • Provide advice and input on biodiversity in relation to the shaping of grant criteria, assessment of applications, the oversight of grant projects, and sign off of grant payments.
  • Work on public engagement actions regarding natural heritage in the context of the Heritage Council work
  • Assist in the management of the Biodiversity Officer budget under the direction of the Head of Climate Change.

Essential criteria.

  • Hold a third level qualification (at least level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications) in biodiversity conservation, ecology or a related discipline.
  • Minimum of 3 years’ professional experience in biodiversity conservation and policy development, or a closely related field.
  • Strong understanding of Irish, EU and international legislation, regulations and policies impacting on biodiversity, particularly in relation to land use management and habitat restoration.
  • Experience of development and production of policy outputs (including managing external contractors) including research reports, briefings and consultation responses, with an eye for detail and scientific accuracy.
  • Strong skills in research, data collection, and analysis.
  • Excellent organisation, prioritisation, project management and IT skills.
  • Strong personal commitment to biodiversity conservation and high standards of public service.
  • Ability to communicate through the Irish language is desirable but not essential.
  • Full working rights (please see information booklet)

In Return:

  • Full time permanent position
  • Salary in line with Civil Service Grade of Engineer grade III – point 1 starting at €36,086
  • 25 days annual leave
  • Located in Kilkenny

To apply please submit your CV and a cover letter (cover letter no more than 2 pages) outlining why you are interested in the opportunity and where you believe your skills, knowledge and experience meet the requirements of the role. If applying through a job board please submit CV and Cover Letter as one document or to apply directly please email to Ciara Connolly at Please ensure to read the full information booklet which is available on the the Heritage Council’s Website.

Please note only candidates that meet the essential criteria will be shortlisted.

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