Job opportunities at SWAN – Two part time positions available

Both job advertisements are below with links to full job descriptions.

The Sustainable Water Network (SWAN) seeks an Administrative & Network Support Officer (part-time)

 SWAN is an umbrella network of twenty six of Ireland’s leading environmental groups working together on water policy issues. The role of the Administrative & Network Support Officer is to assist the SWAN Coordinator in ensuring the smooth and effective running of the SWAN office; to handle SWAN’s day-to-day expenses and accounts; to organise meetings and other events and to provide support to our member organisations.

You will share some responsibilities with the SWAN Communications Officer and it will be necessary to work closely with him/her.  This post is offered as a permanent, part-time position, 2.5 days/week, contingent on funding.

This is a very varied role, which requires a high level of versatility and the ability to work with limited resources as part of a small team.  Excellent organisational skills and previous experience in an administrative role are essential.   Experience of working in the not-for-profit/NGO sector is an advantage.

If you are interested in applying for this post please send a cover letter and your C.V. by email only to Sinead O’Brien at info@swanireland.ie with your name and the position for which you are applying in the title.  You can download a job description from the SWAN website at http://bit.ly/1LSpdpd

This post is being advertised at the same time as a vacancy for a part-time (2.5 days) Communications Officer.   If you feel you possess the separate sets of skills and experience required to perform both roles, you are welcome to apply separately for each position.

The deadline for receipt of applications is 5.00 p.m. on Thursday October 22nd.

 

The Sustainable Water Network (SWAN) seeks a Communications Officer (part-time)

SWAN is an umbrella network of twenty six of Ireland’s leading environmental groups working together on water policy issues. The role of Communications Officer is to facilitate smooth and effective communication both within and outside our members’ network.  You will be responsible for promoting SWAN’s aims and objectives through the implementation and further development of the SWAN Communications Strategy and Action Plan, including through SWAN’s website, social media presence and weekly SWAN e-newsletter.

You will also share responsibility for member liaison & support and event management with the SWAN Administrative and Network Support Officer with whom it will be necessary to work closely.  This post is offered as a part-time 12 month contract, 2.5 days/week, contingent on funding.

This is a very varied role, which requires a high level of versatility and the ability to work with limited resources as part of a small team.  Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and previous experience in a communications role are essential.   Experience of working in the not-for-profit/NGO sector and an understanding of water/environmental policy in Ireland is an advantage.

If you are interested in applying for this post please send a cover letter and your C.V. by email only to Sinead O’Brien at info@swanireland.ie with your name and the position for which you are applying in the title.  You can download a job description from the SWAN website at http://bit.ly/1M3xu5m

This post is being advertised at the same time as a vacancy for a part-time (2.5 days) Administrative and Network Support Officer.   If you feel you possess the separate sets of skills and experience required to perform both roles, you are welcome to apply separately for each position.

The deadline for receipt of applications is 5.00 p.m. on Thursday October 22nd.

SWAN Research Project:  Abstraction of groundwater & surface water in Ireland & implications for meeting Water Framework Directive objectives.

The Sustainable Water Network (SWAN) seeks a team of researchers to conduct a desk-based research project on water abstraction as a significant water management issue in Ireland.

This report will provide an evidence-based analysis of the impacts of small and large scale abstractions on Ireland’s surface water, groundwater and groundwater dependent terrestrial ecosystems (GWDTEs), including cumulative impacts and the implications for Water Framework Directive (WFD) implementation and the meeting of WFD targets.

It will provide a full review of EU and Irish policy, legislation and guidance relevant to water abstraction, including a critical analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the current legislative and regulatory system to control abstractions and to meet WFD objectives.  It will furthermore include a significant comparative study of abstraction control regimes in other EU Member States and elsewhere, with a focus on best practise applicable in Ireland.  The research must be based on a comprehensive review of all relevant national and international peer-reviewed and secondary literature, in addition to international case studies.

Based on the above research and literature review, the key output from the research will be a set of evidence-based recommendations setting out proposed actions to control water abstractions in order to achieve sustainable water management, mitigate the pressure on surface water, groundwater & GWDTEs and meet WFD objectives.

An important element of the research project will be consultation with a key experts, decision-makers and relevant stakeholders.

A more detailed tender brief can be seen here: SWAN Abstractions Tender Invitation Document

The project deadline is July 30th 2015. The budget is in the region of €22,000 (including VAT).

Tender submissions should be sent by email to Sinead O’Brien at sobrien@swanireland.ie cc’ing info@swanireland.ie, quoting SW-AB-06 by 12 noon on March 6th 2015.

 

EPA Releases a report on urban waste water treatment in 2013

UWWT ReportTo view the EPA report ‘Focus on Urban Waste Water Treatment in 2013’ please click here

Water is for life: How the Water Framework Directive helps safeguard Europe’s resources

The European Commission has produced a brochure on WFD objectives and implementation: Water is for life: How the Water Framework Directive helps safeguard Europe’s resources and a leaflet on the same topic. Please note that the size of the brochure is 9.58MB

Satellite technology helps monitor water quality in lakes

The EPA have published the proposal for the National Inspection Plan for domestic waste water treatment systems. Public consultation on this proposal  is open until Wednesday 31st October. For further information and to view the consulation document click here

An interesting research has been published in the issue of Science for Environment Policy on how Satellite technology helps monitor water quality in lakes. To read it please click here.

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The Plan- Water Supply Project–Dublin Region

In accordance with the Water Services Investment Programme 2010-2012 published by the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government, Dublin City Council has prepared a Plan for the Water Supply Project – Dublin Region.

The Plan is to develop a new water source for the Greater Dublin Region as part of the Water Services Investment Programme (2010-2012) to supplement existing water supply sources and to meet water supply requirements up to 2040 and beyond.

For more information or to view The Plan please click here

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Consultation Paper on the High Level Design of the Petroleum Safety Framework

In August 2011 the Commission for Energy Regulation, Ireland, published its Consultation Paper on the High Level Design of the Petroleum Safety Framework. To see it please click here.

The public is invited to comment on the issues raised in this Paper by submission of written responses by close of business on Tuesday September 27th 2011.

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Tackling urban water shortages: new technologies for self-sufficiency

A Danish study of alternative water supply systems suggests that adopting a mix of different technologies could optimise the potential for water self- sufficiency in urban areas. To read more please click here

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EU Commission has launched a new consultation on coastal and marine areas management

EU Commission has opened a new consultation on coastal and marine areas management. Transparent planning and management of European waters are needed to balance the interests at play against sustaining the long-term benefit of coastal and marine resources to society. With these objectives in mind, the European Commission has launched a public consultation to explore options for future EU action on Maritime Spatial Planning and Integrated Coastal Zone Management. The Commission is seeking the views of all interested individuals and organisations. The consultation runs for eight weeks. To see the consultation please click here.

More details on Integrated Coastal Zone Management and Maritime Spatial Planning

Press release

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EPA Water Quality for 2007-2009 report has been published and presents an overview of Irish water quality for the years 2007-2009

EPA Water Quality for 2007-2009 report has been just published. The data are presented against the new ecological status criteria of the Water Framework Directive (WFD) and previous EPA reports.

Some of the findings in the report are:

  • Just 52% of all rivers in Ireland achieve good status and 48% are of moderate, poor or bad status. There are still 27 river sites classified as seriously polluted.
  • Of 222 lakes in Ireland only 105 of them achieve good or high status. 92 lakes are still of moderate, 19 of poor and 6 of bad status.
  • 121 coastal and transitional water bodies were assessed from 2007-09 for WFD status classification, using psychochemical elements and biological quality and of these 54% were classified of moderate or worse ecological status.
  • In relation to bathing waters 8 seawater-bathing areas failed to achieve adequate water quality status. These are:
    • Balbriggan Front Strand,
    • Skerries South Beach,
    • Sutton Burrow Beach (Dublin)
    • Clifden Beach (Co. Galway)
    • Dunmore Strand (Co. Waterford)
    • Duncannon (Co. Wexford)
    • Killala Ross Beach (Co. Mayo)
    • Youghal Main Beach (Co. Cork)

The report also states that: “from the findings it is apperant that substantial measures will be needed in order for Ireland to fully comply with the objectives of the Water Framework Directive (WFD).”

To read the full EPA Water Quality for 2007-2009 report please click here.

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Irish Wildlife Trust produce a beautiful booklet about Our Wetlands Heritage

The Irish Wildlife Trust is delighted to announce the publication of ‘’Our Wetlands Heritage’’. The booklet explores our wetland’s wildlife, everything from dragonflies, butterflies, frogs and newts to wetland birds right up to our largest carnivore the otter. The booklet also explores the value of wetlands and the ecosystem services they provide, and examines the associated threats and what we can do to ensure wetland protection for the future.

You can order a copy today by placing an order here. You can phone in using your credit card to 01-8602839 or send a cheque or postal order for €5.00 (+ P&P 95c) to Irish Wildlife Trust, Sigmund Business Centre, 93A Lagan Road, Dublin Industrial Estate, Glasnevin, Dublin 11.

IWT would like to thank the Heritage Council for funding the printing of thisbooklet under the Heritage Education, Communications and Outreach Grants Scheme 2010.

Water Management, Water Framework Directive and Hydropower

Presentations from the 2nd Workshop on Water Management, Water Framework Directive and Hydropower held in Brussels on 13-14 September 2011 can be downloaded here

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The importance of boundaries in international river management

Science for Environment Policy article:  The importance of boundaries in international river management. DG Environment News Alert Service, European Commission.

A new study has compared the impacts of managing rivers according to two different boundaries in Europe and Africa: the physical boundary of the river itself and the socio-political boundaries of the nations and regions that surround it. To read the full article please click here.

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Ireland noncompliant with the EU legislation to draw up marine strategies to protect Ireland’s seas.

Ireland has been asked by EU Commission to comply with EU legislation to draw up marine strategies to protect Ireland’s seas. Ireland has not informed the Commission about the transposition of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive, which should have been in place by 15 July 2010 and if it fails to do so the EU Commission may refer its case to the EU Court of Justice, which can lead to financial sanctions. Also delays in implementing the Directive lessen the chances of achieving good status of marine waters in Ireland and could have implications on Europe’s seas.

To read the full press release please click here.

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Water is for life: How the Water Framework Directive helps safeguard Europe’s resources

The European Commission has produced a brochure on WFD objectives and implementation: Water is for life: How the Water Framework Directive helps safeguard Europe’s resources and a leaflet on the same topic.

Please note that the size of the brochure is 9.58MB

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River Basin Management Plans 2009-2015 Information on availability by country

Following extensive consultations on Water Framework Directive River Basin Management Plans should since 22.12.2009 be available in all River Basin Districts across the EU.

The deadline for publishing River Basin management Plans (22.12.2009) and the deadline for reporting these plans to the Commission (22.3.2010) have expired ! The Commission services are currently assessing the status of the reports received.

To find out more about the River Basin Management Plans available in each River Basin District , as well as the status of consultations which are still ongoing in the different EU Member States please click here.

To view Ireland’s River Basin Management Plans please click here.

For more information on the implementation of the Water Framework Directive in Ireland please visit WFD Ireland website and Europa-European Commission-Water website