Catchment Project Officer, Catchment CARE INTERREG project


REPORTS TO (title): SENIOR RESEARCH OFFICER or other line manager as deemed necessary

LOCATION: IFI office, Corlesmore, Co. Cavan, TRAVELLING INVOLVED




IFI is a partner in the INTERREG VA Catchment CARE project led by Donegal Co. Co. The project is a cross-border one seeking to improve ecological quality of water (sensu Water Framework Directive-WTD) focusing on three catchments - the Finn, Arney and Blackwater. The appointee will operate in the Arney catchment to advance all of the project aims. In particular, the appointee will have a key role in community engagement activities and in facilitating instream and riparian actions and other measures that may contribute to improved ecological quality. The appointee will work with the project’s Hydromorphology Officer in the Arney in the planning and execution of management interventions. They will generate a programme of community awareness, education and networking with stakeholders. The appointee will work with the other project partners to achieve successful implementation of the range of tasks within the project. They will also network closely with the Catchment Project Officers in the Finn and Blackwater catchments.

This is a front-line leadership role and the successful candidate will have demonstrated excellence in networking and communication skills with a range of stakeholders – from community groups to public authorities – in an international or cross-border context. They will also have excellence in project planning and oversight of tasks in field situations.




Key Responsibilities


Community engagement

  • To develop effective working relationships with farmers, landowners, schools, community groups and angling clubs in the Arney catchment’s river tributaries in order to advance the aims of the project
  • Build relationships with farmers and landowners and provide advice and information to help them improve and maintain water quality in local streams.
  • Work with the Catchment CARE Hydromorphology team to assess and map tributaries of the River Arney which may be suitable for measures to improve water quality.
  • Work with the Catchment CARE Hydromorphology team to develop a stream improvement plan for the catchment streams with involvement and support of other project partners and all stakeholders for implementation of works.
  • Deliver and manage stream improvement works involving volunteers in selected locations
  • Organise and deliver events and programmes to inform, advise and educate local communities and landowners on looking after their local river/stream.
  • Engage community and stakeholder involvement to maximise the long term benefits of water quality measures


Works implementation

  • Organise and secure all legal permissions in regard to proposed works e.g. state- and local authority permissions; Natura 2000 site permissions etc.
  • Secure access agreements from all landowners for contract works
  • Prepare tender specifications for contract works required as part of approver stream improvement plan.
  • Manage the procurement process for contract works for fencing, tree planting and necessary riparian works
  • Manage contractors and review works to ensure all works are carried out to the required standard
  • To prepare Risk Assessments, Safe Systems of Work and Codes of Practice for biosecurity, Health and Safety etc. are agreed and in place with contractors
  • To prepare reports for Management and other groups.
  • To contribute to the annual budget estimating process by identifying resource needs for the areas of work under their control.


Data management & Reporting Responsibilities

  • Maintain records of all meetings
  • Maintain all documentation etc., relevant to transactions etc. in a manner consistent with IFI Finance Dept. and the Lead Partner administrator
  • Compile reports as required
  • Develop educational and media material for use


Communication Responsibilities

  • Maintain close liaison with relevant staff of IFI both in R&D and in relevant River Basin District
  • Liaise with the project partners involved in the project and other groups as required
  • Ensure deadlines for the projects are met and work is carried out      


Other Duties

  • Carry out such duties as may be assigned to the post from time to time by the Senior Research Officer


The position will require flexibility regarding working hours.

Considerable travelling and residing in locations across Ireland, whilst conducting field work in all weather conditions.


Note: The above attempts to outline in a broad sense the range of duties associated with the Research Officer post. However other duties may arise as the requirements of the project and our stakeholders change over time.





Essential Skills


  • Ability to communicate effectively, with the team and external agencies
  • Ability to work as part of a team e.g. punctuality, flexible approach to duties
  • Ability to work unsupervised for periods of time
  • Commitment and self-motivation
  • Excellent oral, written and numeracy skills
  • Takes a pro-active approach towards development of self and others
  • Excellent attention to detail with the ability to spot errors and question information received
  • Honest and trustworthy
  • Acts with integrity at all times
  • Customer service skills
  • Previous outdoor experience


Essential Qualifications & Experience

  • A primary degree in relevant area (e.g. combined business and communications).
  • Substantial experience in working at a professional level in relevant area
  • Demonstrable experience of being a self-starter, lone-working and capacity for lone-working and long hours in non-office time lines
  • Project management experience – personnel; funds; work flows; timelines; retention of records etc.
  • Demonstrable presentation skills, development and delivery of training
  • Demonstrable capacity to network with personnel in other public authorities and the voluntary sector
  • Demonstrable experience in report writing, use of media etc.
  • Full driving licence valid in the state


Desirable Qualifications & Experience

  • Familiarity with administration issues in EU-funded projects
  • Experience of working in rural settings
  • Interest in the natural world, wildlife and in the interface of ecology and landscapes



€42,092, €44,592, €46,657, €48,049, €49,436, €50,819, €52,209, €53,598, €54,984, €56,989 (LSI1), €58,989 (LSI2), appointment will be at the first point on the scale.



Appointment to this position will be on a specified purpose contract initially one year (INTERREG project funding to end Q3 of 2021).



Applications (a cover letter and up to date Curriculum Vitae) should be sent to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 5pm Friday 7th September 2018


The term CC/ProjectOfficer/2018 should appear in your application email subject line.


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Late applications will not be processed.  


Short listing will be based on information provided in the Cover Letter and CV


Canvassing will disqualify

Inland Fisheries Ireland is an equal opportunities employer


A project supported by the European Union’s INTERREG VA Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).