Biodiversity Officer (3 year contract) - closing date 9th October 2023

Limerick City and County Council invites applications from suitably qualified applicants for the position of Biodiversity Officer. A panel of qualified candidates will be formed as a result of this competition. 

Limerick City and County Council has a long-standing commitment to our environment and biodiversity. Two Heritage Plans (2017-2030 being the latest) and a Biodiversity Plan for the City (2012) have been prepared.

Limerick City and County Council has recently adopted a Blue and Green Infrastructure Strategy (2023) which includes a range of actions to work with communities to contribute towards opportunities to conserve and enhance biodiversity and inform policy. The Strategy includes the development of a ‘Blue Green Ring’ around Limerick City to create Ireland’s first City-scale planning and ecosystems enhancement programme. Limerick City & Council is a strong proponent of participation in European Projects and has been recently successful in securing funding through URBACT IV for two biodiversity and natured based projects, BiodiverCity and GreenPlace.   Both projects will support the development of the City & County Biodiversity Plan and existing plans and strategies for the protection and enhancement of biodiversity throughout the City and County.

Education, Experience etc.

Each candidate must, on the latest date for receipt of completed application forms for the office –

(i)     Hold a recognised degree (at least level 8 in the National Framework of Qualifications) in a subject relevant to biodiversity including but not limited to environmental science, ecology, earth/natural sciences, zoology, botany or natural resources management   

(ii)    After attaining the qualification referred to at (i) above, have at least five years relevant satisfactory experience of scientific work in biodiversity, sustainable development goals, biodiversity, energy and climate action

(iii)    Possess a high standard of technical training relevant to the areas of natural sciences and natural resources management, and

(iv)    have a satisfactory knowledge of public service organisation or the ability to acquire such knowledge.


Salary Scale: €54,699 – €76,035. Payment of increments is dependent on performance. Entry point of this scale will be determined in accordance with Circulars issued by the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage.
Annual Leave
30 days annual leave.
Hours of Work
The working hours at present provide for a five day, thirty five hours working week, hours may vary from time to time.
Application Process

Completed application forms must be e-mailed to no later than Monday 9th October 2023.

An official application form must be completed in full by the closing date for the competition.  Please note that amendments to the application form will not be accepted after the closing date.  CV’s will not be accepted in lieu of an application form.

Please send your application from an e-mail address that you will review regularly as communication during the assessment/selection period will only be through that e-mail address.  Please also ensure that you regularly review your spam/junk email folder as occasionally your email service provider may direct emails to that folder.