Job announcement – Project Officer (All-Ireland Pollinator Plan)






Job Announcement

Project Officer (Pollinators)

A post jointly funded by The Heritage Council and An Bord Bía



The All-Ireland Pollinator Plan 2015-2020 was published in September 2015. It has 24 targets and 81 actions. Sixty-eight partner organisations have agreed to support the Plan, many of whom have accepted responsibility for specific actions. The Plan provides an important framework to bring together pollinator initiatives across the island of Ireland, and is the start of a process by which we can collectively take positive steps to protect Irish pollinators and the service they provide into the future.

The Pollinator Plan is a shared plan of action and has generated unprecedented and unanticipated levels of support from both the public and private sector. Thanks to the generous support of The Heritage Council and Bord Bía, the National Biodiversity Data Centre is seeking to appoint a full-time Project Officer to assist in implementation of the Plan.


The post

The Project Officer will guide and oversee successful implementation of the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan.  This is an exciting opportunity for a suitable candidate who:

  • Can demonstrate a track record in project management,
  • Has a track record in networking and building partnerships for project delivery,
  • Is self-motivated, and
  • Is committed to nature conservation.

The post holder will be working with the team at the National Biodiversity Data Centre, under the direction of the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan Steering Group, led by Dr Úna FitzPatrick (chair) and Prof Jane Stout (Trinity College Dublin, vice chair). They will provide support to a large network of organisations and individuals across the public and private sectors.

The post holder is expected to:

  • Provide information and support services to the network of 68 organisation that have endorsed the Plan, to assist them in delivery of actions
  • Provide support to An Bord Bía’s Origin Green initiative to assist delivery of biodiversity measures
  • Support the Heritage Officer network and others in encouraging pollinator friendly actions by Local Authorities
  • Assist with the dissemination of sectoral pollinator guidelines and other information material
  • Provide oversight and track progress with implementation of the actions identified in the Plan
  • Provide administrative support to the Pollinator Plan Steering Group
  • Provide a public information service for phone, email and social media queries
  • Develop and maintain the Pollinator Plan website and social media presence
  • Identify funding sources and develop proposals for additional funding opportunities
  • Contribute to general Data Centre duties as required



To replace a vacancy in the post, the appointment is for a 7-month period. There is the possibility of extension, subject to satisfactory progress and availability of funding.



This is a full time post based in the National Biodiversity Data Centre, Waterford.



The post will involve travel across the island of Ireland.



Salary for the 7-month contract is based on an equivalent annual salary of €38,000 (gross).


Minimum requirements

  • BSc or equivalent experience in a relevant field
  • Full clean driving licence – travel will be necessary to promote the Plan & support partner organisations
  • Excellent interpersonal and oral communication skills
  • Proven track record in written communication (reports, articles, web, social media)
  • Track record in project management
  • Keen knowledge and interest in Ireland’s biodiversity


Desirable requirements

  • Experience in building partnerships for project delivery
  • Knowledge and experience of pollinators
  • Experience in writing successful funding bids


To apply

To apply, please complete the application form and send together with a one page Curriculum Vitae to the National Biodiversity Data Centre at  Please mark your applications: Project Officer (Pollinators). The closing date for applications is 17:00hr Friday 5th May 2017.  A shortlist of suitable candidates will be made, and it is anticipated that shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview in Dublin on the 15th May 2017. The Data Centre will not cover costs of attending for interview.


Further information

Information on the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan can be found here:

If you have questions about the position please contact:


Dr Úna FitzPatrick

Project manager & Chair of the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan Steering Group

National Biodiversity Data Centre

051 306240


Financial support for the Pollinator Project Officer post is kindly provided by The Heritage Council and An Bord Bía

The National Biodiversity Data Centre is an initiative of the Heritage Council and is operated under a service level agreement by Compass Informatics. The Centre is funded by Department of Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht.


Application form 2017 – project officer (pollinators)