Jobs at IFI: Technician (National Barriers Programme)

Date: 27/04/18

Job title: Technician (National Barriers Programme) Rate type: Slaried

Reports to: Senior Research Officer / Reseach Officer 

Location: Citywest, travelling involved

Please note that the deadline for applications passed on 5pm Wednesday 23nd May 2018.

Position Summary

The Dept. of Housing, Planning and Local Government has allocated funding to IFI over a four-year period for delivery of a series of tasks associated with barriers in rivers and strategies to mitigate for improved fish passage and migration of diadromous species. The set of tasks involves both desk and field investigations and delivery on a series of requirements. A Research Officer has already been appointed to lead this project, under overall SRO supervision, and the project now requires a recruit at Technician level to service a range of project requirements. The successful candidate will assist the Research Officer in a range of desk and fields elements connected to the National Barriers Programme.


Key Responsibilities

  • Day to day delivery of the Project under the supervision of the Senior Research Officer or other line manager as deemed necessary
  • Liaise closely with the Research Officer and supervise staff allocated to the project
  • Contribute to development of a barrier assessment tool consistent with current EU best practise
  • Comprehensive programme of barrier survey and risk assessment in line with available resources
  • Database storage of a national inventory of barriers for the purpose of interrogation and prioritising barriers for mitigation
  • Support prioritisation of structures for mitigation and a schedule of proposed works to be undertaken during the third cycle River basin Management Plan
  • Support production of guidance documents on structural mitigation options and permissions/surveys required for barrier mitigation

Data Processing & Reporting Responsibilities

  • Assist in reviewing all literature and existing data sets in relation to the National Barriers Programme
  • Participate in compiling reports in conjunction with the Research Officer

Communication Responsibilities

  • Maintain close liaison with the staff of IFI
  • Liaise with the organizations involved in the project and other groups as required.
  • Liaise closely with the Research Officer responsible for the Project


Other Duties

  • Carry out such duties as may be assigned to the post from time to time by the 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 a Technician post.  However other duties may arise as the requirements of the project and our stakeholders change over time.






§   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 proactive 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


Qualifications & Experience

  • A primary degree in a relevant area (e.g. engineering, physical geography, ecology).
  • Demonstrable experience of field survey and data collection in water / outdoors
  • Demonstrable experience in data processing and analysis and in use of statistical packages
  • Demonstrable experience in all aspects of project administration
  • Demonstrable experience of a high level of proficiency with GIS- and database software
  • Demonstrable experience of managing staff, working in teams and on one’s own
  • Demonstrable self-motivation and flexibility
  • 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 etc.
  • Full driving licence valid in the state

·         Postgraduate qualification and experience in a relevant area.

·         Familiarity with hydromorphology – ecology interface and with the specific topic area of barriers to river longitudinal connectivity


The research Technicians, appointments will normally be made at the first point of the scale:

€33,563, €35,823, €37,180, €38,849, €40,533, €43727, €46,355, €48,978, €51,582, €53,244 (LSI1)


Appointment to this position will be a specific purpose contract initially one year (until the end of 2021 Contingent on annual funding).


Please note that the deadline for applications passed on 5pm Wednesday 23nd May 2018.

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