At a Glance...

Are you concerned about issues like the future of the earth? How is global climate changing? How and where should we dispose of industrial waste? If you are curious about how society’s growing demands for energy and water can be satisfied, while conserving natural resources for future generations?

Then a career in Environment and natural resources could be for you.

During the last decade public awareness has been heightened over environmental issues, therefore an increase in environment careers, especially in the areas of waste and energy management, and sustainable development.





Environmental Science is the study of the myriad interactions between humans and the world around them. With the ever growing human population, advances in technology and as our needs and wants increase, our impacts on the world have become more widespread even with some improvements. Our environmental impacts affect our health and well-being.

Topics concerning the major challenges in an environmental science career are:

  • Global Climate Change (global warming, its causes and all of its consequences)
  • Management of Earth’s water resources
  • Energy and mineral resource depletion
  • Meeting the food, fibre and clothing needs of a growing World population
  • Air pollution and acid deposition (rain)
  • Water pollution
  • The loss of fisheries
  • The spread of infectious diseases, including those caused by organisms that have developed antibiotic resistance
  • Long term sustainability of the Global and national economies
  • The fate of hazardous chemicals in the environment
  • Potential environmental effects of genetic engineering

This is the study of the Earth and its companions in space. It is new and exciting science with a lot of interesting and practical applications. Earth scientists use their skills to locate and develop energy and mineral resources. Other studies in this sector would be how to design methods to protect the planet. Also earth scientists use their knowledge about volcanoes, earthquakes and hurricanes to plan studies that will not expose people to these dangerous events.

This science plays a central role in the race to understand how dynamic Earth systems are changing and what we might be able to do about such change. Earth Scientists also play a crucial role in our search for sustainable use and management of natural resources.



What We Are Responsible For

The Environmental Protection Agency is at the front line of environmental protection and policing.  We ensure that Ireland’s environment is protected, and we monitor changes in environmental trends to detect early warning signs of neglect or deterioration.

Protecting our environment is a huge responsibility, and we work with a number of organisations that carry out specific environmental functions.  As of August 2014, we are also responsible for ensuring that the people of Ireland are protected from the harmful effects of radiation.

The EPA is an independent public body established under the Environmental Protection Agency Act, 1992. The other main instruments from which we derive our mandate are the Waste Management Act, 1996, and the Protection of the Environment Act, 2003 and Radiological Protection (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2014.

We have a wide range of functions to protect the environment, and our primary responsibilities include:

  • Environmental licensing
  • Enforcement of environmental law
  • Environmental planning, education and guidance
  • Monitoring, analysing and reporting on the environment
  • Regulating Ireland’s greenhouse gas emissions
  • Environmental research development
  • Strategic environmental assessment
  • Waste management
  • Radiological protection

Learn more

Check out our Who we are – What we do brochure

Read our Memoranda of Understanding with other organisations we work with

See further information on the EPA and RPII merger


Employment With The EPA

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has a policy of open recruitment and is an equal opportunities employer.

All our recruitment is competency-based and vacancies are advertised in the business supplements of the Irish national newspapers and on our website at Current Vacancies.  View the guide to the EPA Recruitment and Selection Process.

Work Permits

Work permits are required for non-EEA nationals.  The EEA member states are the 28 EU states plus Norway, Iceland and Lichtenstein. Work permits are granted for a non-EEA national where the employer can satisfy the relevant authorities that there is no suitable applicant from within the EEA.

Work Placements

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is participating in the National Internship Scheme.  All vacancies are advertised on External

Learn more

Find out more about working visa/work authorisations for employment in Ireland from or the Department of Foreign Affairs at





About Us

ECO-UNESCO is Ireland’s Environmental Education and Youth Organisation affiliated to the World Federation of UNESCO Clubs, Centres and Associations (WFUCA).

ECO-UNESCO is a registered Irish charity (CHY 7225).

ECO-UNESCO’s aims are:

  • to raise environmental awareness, understanding and knowledge of the environment among young people
  • to promote the protection and conservation of the environment
  • to promote the personal development of young people through practical environmental projects and activities
  • to promote the ideals of UNESCO

ECO-UNESCO provides a wide range of programmes and services, which include:

Environmental Youth Programmes including Environmental Events and Activities, Environmental Workshops, ECO-UNESCO Clubs, ECO-Youth Choices Programme and Youth for Sustainable Development Programme.

Young Environmentalist Awards Programme honours the work of young people between the ages of 12 and 18 who protect, conserve and enhance our environment through local environmental projects, making a difference to their lives and the lives of others locally and globally.

Training Programmes, which include One-Day Training Courses, FETAC accredited courses (Level 5/6 Sustainable Development) and a Drugs Prevention and Awareness Programme (ECO-Choices).

Education Resources focused on environmental education and environmental youth work aimed at young people, leaders and teachers. These include resource packs, activity packs, posters and CD-ROMs.

Consultancy services to groups and agencies who want a specialist approach to environmental education environmental youth work and Education for Sustainable Development (ESD).



Do you want to work in a challenging environment?
Are you energetic, enthusiastic and motivated?
Are you passionate about the environment?
Do you enjoy working with young people?
If you answer yes to all of the above questions then maybe a job with ECO-UNESCO is the one for you!


Current Opportunities

ECO-UNESCO has an exciting opportunity for a Grants Researcher/writer.
The purpose of the position will be to increase both tied and untied Income streams to ECO-UNESCO. This role will sit within the communications and fundraising department.

More information:

Job Description – Grants researcher
Application – Grants researcher

Applications close January 26th

Transition Year Work Experience
Find the application form here

Volunteering Opportunities with ECO-UNESCO Do you wish to volunteer with ECO-UNESCO? Contact for more information!

Find the application form here

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