Applications now closed
Campaign Officer 2019
Closing Date 1st February 2019
Salary €24,000 per year
Please download and complete the Campaign Officer Application Form 2019 and sent it together with a covering letter to Dr Catherine O’Connell, Chief Executive, Irish Peatland Conservation Council, Lullymore, Rathangan, Co. Kildare, R51V293 (email@example.com).
The Campaign Officer will act in a supporting role to the three core posts in Conservation, Education and Fundraising within the Irish Peatland Conservation Council (see www.ipcc.ie). The first year will consist principally of training in the skilled areas of IPCC’s work of conserving and managing peatlands, educating school groups, working with visitors to our nature centre and fundraising for projects and campaigns. Three projects will to be undertaken in each of the core areas of training during the first year to assess how the Campaign Officer is growing into the post.
In the second year, the Campaign Officer will be given more responsibilities -fundraising for specific projects that need to be undertaken in education and conservation as outlined in IPCC’s Strategic Business Plan. The overall aim will be to build their own profile and that of the Irish Peatland Conservation Council. The work will involve the following activities to enhance both the hard and soft skills of the Campaign Officer:
- Meeting, greeting and guiding visitors and school groups to the Bog of Allen Nature Centre in Kildare
- Writing and desk top publishing skills including preparing articles and designing IPCC’s supporters newsletters, information leaflets, educational work sheets, advertising posters and issuing press material
- Web and social media development and maintenance skills
- Presentation skills including giving talks on open days and teaching peatland field studies to school groups
- Reporting skills including project results, maintaining records of visitors numbers and oral reporting
- Reception duties including dealing with telephone and face to face enquiries, taking bookings and operating audio-visual and other equipment
- Research skills including collecting and analysing field data from IPCC’s reserves
- Fundraising skills including direct mail and project funding
- Identification skills – peatland plants, raised bog ecotopes, habitats, butterflies, invertebrates, bees, garden birds
- Site Management skills including drain blocking, drain profiling, butterfly transects, species monitoring, Sphagnum transfer, vegetation mapping, vegetation surveying, managing grazing, water table monitoring
- Policy work including implementing the IPCC’s Peatland Conservation Action Plan 2020.
A suitable candidate will have excellent inter-personal skills, be enthusiastic and knowledgeable about nature conservation and peatlands, be excellent at communicating, have an interest in people, be flexible and want to work as part of a small but dedicated team. A full clean category B driving license is needed, together with computer skills and a higher education qualification in a relevant discipline (e.g. environmental science, ecology, botany).
The Campaign Officer will be based at the IPCC headquarters at the Bog of Allen Nature Centre, Lullymore, Rathangan, Co. Kildare R51 V293 but will be required to work on site at community venues or schools and at our reserves in Kildare, Meath, Kerry and Waterford. Full time to include annual leave entitlement. Annual salary €24,000 per year. A two year contract is being offered at €24,000 per year.
Applications now closed
IPCC Education Officer 2018
(Education officer application form)
The role of Education Officer is a core position within the IPCC and is essential to deliver IPCC’s vision of conserving a representative sample of the peatlands of Ireland for people to enjoy now and in the future. This post includes in house and outreach education programmes.
The duties of the Education Officer will be as follows:
- To organise, promote and deliver nature studies programmes focusing on bogs and other habitats at the Bog of Allen Nature Centre to visiting primary and secondary school groups.
- To organise, promote and deliver awareness-raising visitor programmes to groups and individual visitors to the Bog of Allen Nature Centre
- To fundraise for and develop a nature studies classroom with wildlife exhibits at the Bog of Allen Nature Centre that provides a wildlife experience for visiting school groups
- To maintain the resource library at the Bog of Allen Nature Centre and to facilitate its use
- To deliver outreach education programmes with IPCC educational partners
- To develop new educational and awareness-raising resources for the IPCC in liaison with sponsors
- To develop and deliver training courses focusing on nature and wildlife for the general public
- To attract meetings and conferences to the Bog of Allen Nature Centre
- To attract funding and sponsorship to help deliver new garden projects.
- To maintain and develop the website and social media sites of the IPCC
- To contribute to IPCC’s publications for supporters including Action for Bogs and Peatland News
- To maintain records of visitors numbers and visiting groups to the Bog of Allen Nature Centre
- Reception duties which will include dealing with telephone and face to face enquiries and operating audio-visual and other equipment
- To maintain all education exhibits in the gardens, museum and visitor centre
- To maintain all educational resources and equipment used in the nature centre
- Any other duties considered relevant to the position or to be undertaken as part of the IPCC team.
IPCC Education Officer Person Specificiation
- Full, clean category B driving licence
- Fluent English
- Basic computer skills (MS Office suite and social media)
- Higher qualification: preferably in a relevant third level discipline (e.g. environmental science, ecology, botany, geology)
- Knowledge of Irish peatlands
- Conversational Irish
- Graphic design work
- First Aid
2. Relevant Work Experience And Heritage Knowledge
- Proven ability to work as part of a team
- Previous experience in working with children
- Knowledge of school curriculum
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
- Knowledge of bog wildlife and peatland habitat and environs
- A good knowledge of local tourism and hospitality sites
- Previous fundraising experience
- Previous supervisory experience
- Previous retail sales and customer service experience
- Previous experience as a tour guide
- Experience working with education groups, leading school groups on nature tours
- Database experience
3. Personal Attributes
- Excellent communication skills, both written and oral
- Excellent organisational skills
- Calm and responsible under pressure
- An enthusiastic, friendly and outgoing personality
- Flexibility in working hours
- The ability to forge links with agencies and schools
- The ability to identify new opportunities in promoting learning at the nature centre
Please note that successful candidate will be subject to vetting by the
National Vetting Bureau.
The Education Officer will work from the IPCC headquarters at the Bog of Allen Nature Centre, Lullymore, Rathangan, Co. Kildare R51 V293 but will be required to work on site in schools, community venues and at our reserves in Kildare, Meath, Kerry and Waterford. Full time to include annual leave entitlement. Contract value for 24 months: €48,000.
Please write a cover letter and complete an application form and send to:
Dr Catherine O’Connell, Chief Executive, Irish Peatland Conservation Council, Lullymore, Rathangan, Co. Kildare R51 V293. E: firstname.lastname@example.org Please put education officer post in the subject line.
Closing date for applications 15th October 2018
Applications Now Closed
Conservation Policy and Fundraising Officer 2016
Applications by the 9th September 2016
The Irish Peatland Conservation Council is a national charity campaigning for the protection of a representative sample of bogs and fens. As Conservation Policy and Fundraising Officer you will have a key role to play in implementing the annual supporters fundraising cycle of the IPCC and the national save the bogs campaign. This will involve you in monitoring development applications and policy decisions that impact on peatlands of conservation importance, designing campaigns so that IPCC supporters can participate in realising the goals of the Peatlands 2020 Conservation Action Plan and implementing the fundraising cycle of the IPCC which raises all of the funds needed to run the IPCC. At all times you are an official representative of the IPCC.
The job will involve the following tasks and targets in the core areas described:
- Maintaining a database of 2000 supporters including inputting all responses such as funding donations, volunteer activity and other responses
- Outputting fund raising and supporter appeals as part of the annual fundraising strategy of the IPCC and organising volunteers to pack and mail items
- Preparing the annual direct debit files for subscriptions
- Mail order and nature shop business trading including processing and dispatching orders, stock control and developing a network of external outlets for IPCC’s products
- Maintaining IPCC’s database of 1000 peatland sites and adding new wetland sites identified by surveyors
- Handling site enquiries from the general public
- Networking and liaising with state and national groups on peatland sites and issues (such as the cessation of turf cutting, Peatlands Council, Environmental Pillar, Irish Environmental Network, and community site conservation projects etc)
- Implementing the short and long term goals of the Peatlands 2020 Conservation Action Plan
- Designing public campaigns relating to the goals of the Peatlands 2020 Conservation Action Plan
- Liaising with press media on site and campaign issues
- Responding to planning applications and making submissions on policy documents affecting peatlands of conservation importance
- Applying for funding in relation to sites and policy work
The job will involve the following general tasks undertaken as part of the team:
- Meeting, greeting and guiding visitors and school groups to the nature shop and Bog of Allen Nature Centre
- Preparing and delivering talks, writing press releases, newsletter materials and posts for social media used by IPCC supporters and volunteers, giving interviews
- Additional work as directed by the Chief Executive Officer
Skills in the use of a database, knowledge of the implementation of environmental legislation, experience in business management and fundraising desirable and writing/publishing achievements; excellent inter-personal, communications and organisational skills; computer and internet literacy, knowledge of the environment and biodiversity; a willingness to be flexible in terms of working hours and learning computer packages operational within the organisation and a proven record to deliver results. IPCC operates in a Macintosh Environment.
Ideally the successful candidate must be suitably qualified with a background in environmental science combined with a qualification in business studies. Above all the successful candidate must enjoy meeting people and winning their support for the Save the Bogs Campaign.
The applicant will work from the IPCC headquarters at the Bog of Allen Nature Centre, Lullymore, Rathangan, Co. Kildare on a daily basis. Full time 24 month employment contract from the 4th October 2016 to include annual leave entitlement and an extension option. Contract value for 24 months: €48,000 plus work-related expenses.
Complete an application application form form and send to Dr Catherine O’Connell, Chief Executive, Irish Peatland Conservation Council, Bog of Allen Nature Centre, Lullymore, Rathangan, Co. Kildare, R51 V293.
Closing date for receipt of application 9th September 2016
SUMMER JOB VACANCY 2014 – Visitor Guide
Applications Now Closed
Closing date for receipt of applications is Friday 6th June 2014
Interviews will be arranged in the week beginning the 9th June 2014
The Irish Peatland Conservation Council is a national charity campaigning for the protection of a representative sample of bogs and fens. The Irish Peatland Conservation Council is seeking a person to fill a 16 week full time contract post as Visitor Guide at the Bog of Allen Nature Centre. The work will involve the following activities:
- Meeting, greeting and guiding visitors to the nature shop and Bog of Allen Nature Centre
- Conducting research on IPCC’s visitors
- Preparing an Atlas of the Natural, Cultural and Economic Resources in Lullymore, Co. Kildare
- Assisting the Environmental Education Officer with primary and post primary school visits
- Promoting and delivering IPCC’s summer camp for children aged between 7 and 13
- Preparing articles and designing IPCC’s supporters newsletters
- Inputting records to IPCC’s library and frog databases
- Assisting with the organisation of open days at the Bog of Allen Nature Centre and at Girley Bog
- Co-ordinating International Bog Day Events nationally and internationally
- Preparing worksheets, notices, invitations etc in relation to upcoming events
- Maintaining educational displays in the visitor centre and gardens of the Bog of Allen Nature Centre
- Promoting the Bog of Allen Nature Centre as a great family day out
- Additional work as directed by the Chief Executive Officer
The successful applicant will have relevant teaching, education, writing/publishing and databasing experience; excellent inter-personal, communications and organisational skills; computer and internet literacy, an interest in the environment and natural habitats; a willingness to be flexible in terms of working hours and a proven record to deliver results. Above all the successful candidate must enjoy meeting people and winning their support for the Save the Bogs Campaign. Full training will be given to the successful applicant.
The Visitor Guide will work from the IPCC headquarters at the Bog of Allen Nature Centre, Lullymore, Rathangan, Co. Kildare on a daily basis. Full time 16 weeks employment contract from June to September (dates negotiable) to include annual leave entitlement. Contract value for 16 weeks: €5,536.
Please complete an application form and return it to Dr Catherine O’Connell, Chief Executive, Irish Peatland Conservation Council, Bog of Allen Nature Centre, Lullymore, Rathangan, Co. Kildare.
Closing date for receipt of application Friday 6th June 2014
The Irish Peatland Conservation Council is a national charity campaigning for the protection of a representative sample of bogs and fens. We are based in the Bog of Allen Nature Centre at Lullymore in Co. Kildare. We manage two areas of peatland adjacent to Lullymore for conservation and education. The Bog of Allen Nature Centre occupies a renovated mid 19th century farm building and stables. Within the buildings we have a visitor centre which includes a museum and permanent exhibitions, a nature shop, a classroom and a research library. We also have our administrative offices in the buildings. Within the grounds we have developed a variety of wetland and woodland habitats, a greenhouse of insect-eating plants, composting area and nature conservation gardens all of which are used as resources to educate visitors and school groups. We recently purchased another peatland reserve at Girley Bog in Co. Meath which is also a focus for our conservation and education work in 2014.
At the Bog of Allen Nature Centre we are working to develop a centre of excellence for peatland conservation, education and research. The Information Guide will be responsible for promoting IPCC’s goals of peatland education and sustainable living. They will draw on all of the resources included at the centre to complete the tasks outlined below. At all times the Visitor Guide is an official representative of the IPCC.