Policy Officer

Sustainable Water Network (SWAN)

Dublin, Ireland 🇮🇪

Are you a water / environmental policy professional looking for a job where you can use your scientific and policy knowledge and experience to make a real difference to Ireland’s rivers, lakes and coast?  SWAN may have the post for you!  SWAN is an umbrella network of twenty five of Ireland’s leading environmental groups, working together to protect and enhance Ireland’s aquatic environment through policy engagement, advocacy, communications and awareness-raising.  We are looking for an experienced Policy Officer to join the SWAN team and play a central role in this exciting work.

The role of the Policy Officer is to keep SWAN up-to-date with water-related policy developments; to develop evidence-based policy positions and to engage with government, decision-makers and other stakeholders in order to promote and advocate for those positions.  You will work on marine policy (particularly the MSFD), flood management policy and also on the interaction between these and the WFD and Habitats & Birds directives.

This post is offered initially as a one year contract with a possible option of a longer term post, contingent on funding.


Postgraduate qualification in biology, ecology or conservation science, or water policy and management, with at least three year’s work experience in environmental policy, preferably in the NGO sector OR a primary degree in the above, with minimum 5 years relevant NGO experience.  Candidates must hold a full working visa, if needed, for Ireland and be fully familiar with Irish and EU water policy.

SWAN offers:

Salary: €35,200 plus a generous holiday allowance (25 days), flexible work arrangements and a dynamic career opportunity to work and engage with key experts and decision-makers at the forefront of water policy in Ireland.

If you are interested in applying for this post, please send the following to Sinead O’Brien, Coordinator of SWAN at [email protected]:

  1. Letter of application, outlining your relevant knowledge, experience, and competencies; the reason for your interest in the post and outlining, if possible, your role in influencing a policy outcome;
  2. Your CV, including contact details for at least two professional referees;
  3. Brief responses (not exceeding 500 words each) to the two questions posed at the end of the Job Description, which can be downloaded here.

Deadline for receipt of applications is 5.00 p.m. August 22nd 2018