Scientific Officer II (Level 4) – Freshwater Ecologist

Scientific Officer II (Level 4) – Freshwater Ecologist

life science recruitment | Dublin, IE

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Our client the Environmental Protection Agency(EPA) are currently accepting applications for the position of Scientific Officer II (Level 4) Freshwater Ecologist. Overview of the Role The successful candidate will fulfil the role of Scientific Officer II (Level 4) – Freshwater Ecologist. The successful candidate will work in the EPA’s Ecological Monitoring and Assessment Unit, in the Office of Evidence and Assessment, which undertakes monitoring and assessment of the ecological health of Ireland’s surface water resource. The role will involve extensive fieldwork and travel, monitoring rivers and lakes within Ireland, as well as sample and data analysis and reporting. Reporting Arrangements: The appointee will be assigned a technical role reporting to the Senior Scientific Officer or another designated officer. The key responsibilities will include: Specialist duties: Undertaking biological monitoring of rivers and lakes under the National Water Quality Monitoring Programme; Collecting and analysing environmental data from field surveys; Implementing quality control procedures for data collection and processing; Preparing ecological assessments; Assisting in the preparation and supervision of monitoring programmes for rivers and lakes; Preparing water quality reports and other publications; Specifying research projects; Provide advice on the quality of the freshwater environment and related matters. General Duties: Participating in and working with multi-disciplinary teams engaged in water management; Participation in a performance management & development system (PMDS) Managing resources, including staff and contract management and contract tendering/procurement; Contributing to the delivery of the Work Programme; Managing and presenting environmental and/or management information; Acquiring a clear and detailed understanding of relevant legislation; Dealing with the public, media and various external stakeholders; Participating in national and/or other expert groups and committees; Adhering to and supporting the development of health and safety protocols; Such other duties/activities as may be assigned from time to time. Essential criteria: Candidates must have on or before Friday 20th January 2023: 1. An appropriate degree (NFQ Level 8) in Environmental or Biological Science. 2. A minimum of 3 years relevant work experience including significant technical experience in monitoring and assessment of rivers and/or lakes using at least one of the following biological elements: freshwater macroinvertebrates, aquatic plants and macroalgae, or phytobenthos. 3. Demonstrated ability of using statistics for analysis and presentation of biological and environmental data. 4. Excellent written and verbal communication skills with the ability to communicate complex issues clearly and effectively to a range of audiences. 5. Applicants must hold and maintain a current Full Driving Licence valid for driving in Ireland. Please note that CVs and Cover Letters are not required and should not be submitted. Application Forms and Candidate Booklets are available from the careers section on the EPA website: Application Forms must be completed and sent to . Only applications submitted by email on the official EPA application form for this competition will be accepted.Applications sent to other email addresses will not be considered. Closing date for applications is4.00pm on Friday 20th January 2023