Environmental Project Manager

Position: Environmental Project Manager

Location: The Burren region, Co. Clare

We are happy to invite applications from suitably qualified and experienced candidates for a fixed-term, 5-year contract position as Environmental Project Manager of the ACRES Burren Aran Co-operation Project (BUA CP) with High Nature Value Services (HNVS) Ltd (a non-profit making company). 

This is an exciting, creative and impactful role, working with a small, dedicated team to deliver real environmental benefits for the Burren, Aran Islands and south-west Galway, considered to be among Ireland’s most important heritage landscapes.  

This role will involve strategic planning, project co-ordination, stakeholder liaison and reporting, among other things. It will appeal to a dynamic, engaged and committed individual who is highly organised and experienced in working with farmers, farm advisors, scientists and public authorities.  

Project Description

Arising from the work of the award-winning Burren Programme and Caomhnú Árann projects, the ACRES Burren Aran Co-operation Project (BUA CP) works with farmers in managing and conserving the rich ecological, archaeological, geological and cultural heritage of the Burren, Aran Islands and part of south-west Galway.  BUA CP is financed by the EU and the Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine (DAFM) through the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).

BUA promotes farming for conservation through result- and reward-based initiatives.  Farmers receive payments for species-rich pastures where fields with higher scores receive higher payments.  Farmers are also funded for carrying out site enhancement works that can help farmers manage their farm, address environmental threats to specific habitats and so contribute to increasing their environmental health scores.  Such tasks, nominated by the farmer, include removing immature scrub from species-rich pastures, repairing walls, installing gates, improving water supplies, controlling invasive species and enhancing access. 

Further information on ACRES Burren Aran is available at www.acresburrenaran.ie.

Job Description

This full-time role will be primarily based in our Carron office. Flexibility around blended working options can be discussed. Specifically, the successful candidate will:
 
• Have overall responsibility for the smooth running and effective impact of the BUA CP.
• Develop and deliver strategic and operational plans, and manage workflows and timeframes.
• Manage staff consisting of a strong, established team of c.15 people across 2-3 offices, with the support of a Team Leader and Regional Managers.
• Liaise with stakeholders including DAFM, other relevant Statutory bodies other CP teams, Public bodies, farmers, farm advisors, NGOs and the wider public.
• Liaise with project subcontractors including archaeologists and a hydrogeologist.
• Report to stakeholders on the progress and impact of the BUA CP at regular intervals.
• Chair BUA CP steering committee meetings.

The successful candidate will be required to undertake any other reasonable tasks requested of them. They will work closely with members of the project team to support the delivery of ACRES Burren Aran and report to HNVS directors.  

Essential criteria:

The successful candidate must:

• Have previous experience in project management.
• Have a Master’s degree in a relevant discipline (environmental or agricultural science)
• Have experience of working with farmers and other farming interests.
• Have a good understanding of agri-environmental schemes, including results-based programmes.
• Have excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
• Have transport to and from Carron for the full duration of the contract and a full clean driving licence.
• Be able to work independently as well as part of a small team. 
• Be fluent in spoken and written English.
• Be eligible to work in Ireland.

Desirable criteria:

• Fluency in spoken and written Irish.
• Ecological or other relevant environmental expertise.
 
Gross salary: €65,000 pa.   Start date: March 2023.
 
Informal enquiries about this post can be made to Tim O’Connell: tim@acresburrenaran.ie

To Apply:

Applicants should send a covering letter, detailed CV outlining relevant experience and skills, and the names and contact numbers of at least two referees via e-mail (in Word or PDF format only) to: rebecca@acresburrenaran.ie.
Applicants must put Environmental Project Manager in the subject line of e-mail applications.
 
The closing date for receipt of applications is 5pm on Wednesday 22nd February 2023.  
Please note that late applications will not be accepted.
 
Interviews are planned to be held Wednesday-Thursday 8-9th March 2023. Unsuccessful applicants will be notified, and details of those deemed suitable for appointment will be retained on an internal panel for consideration should similar posts arise in the future.

Closing Date:
22/02/2023

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