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DAFM hiring with starting salary of €33k

The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine is recruiting an archaeologist.

The successful candidate will be attached to the department’s forest service at Agriculture House, Kildare Street Dublin 2.

They will be responsible for providing advice on protecting archaeological heritage in the context of developing forestry in Ireland.

Work will be a mix of office and outdoors – depending on duties.


According to the DAFM’s job listing, primary duties:

  • Assess initial afforestation or forest road development proposals or felling licence applications where they have the potential to impact on archaeological sites, monuments or features and to provide advice and recommendations in respect of the protection of such archaeological sites, monuments or features;
  • Assist senior management in the assessment of draft forestry circulars, guidelines, scheme documents, plans etc. in respect of their archaeological content and to advise the minister accordingly;
  • Carry out site inspections in connection with imposed archaeological conditions to ensure adherence to conditions and where appropriate to ensure proper archaeological standards are being applied;
  • Work closely with senior management and all other relevant staff and provide support for the implementation of the afforestation programme to the best environmental standards;
  • Analyse technical information on archaeological sites, monuments or features where presented in environmental impact statements and to prepare reports concerning the development proposals and the associated archaeological issues where required in the environmental impact assessment process;
  • Provide specialist archaeological advice on specific policy issues as required;
  • Assist senior management in engaging and consultation with other government departments and agencies, environmental and cultural heritage NGOs, and the general public;
  • Prepare and deliver internal and external training courses or assist therein, as required; and
  • Any other duties appropriate to the grade as the Minister may decide.
Essential requirements candidates must, on or before March 22nd, 2022:
  • Hold a minimum of a Level 8 qualification on the National Framework of Qualifications (Honours Bachelor Degree level) in Archaeology or
  • A qualification that is acceptable to the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine as being at least equivalent;
  • At least three years “satisfactory” working experience as a professional archaeologist. This includes assessing and evaluating archaeological sites and archaeological excavation. The candidate should have gained this experience after attaining their level 8 qualification and not including time spent in post-graduate study;
  • A full driving licence and/or access to a car (which shall not be a hired vehicle) on the date of appointment.
Desirable requirements:
  • Postgraduate qualification in archaeology or in a complementary field;
  • Willingness to work as part of a team;
  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills;
  • A commitment to updating and broadening professional knowledge and skills on a continuing basis;
  • An ability to work on own initiative;
  • Ability to work to “rigid” timelines while maintaining standards of scientific excellence.

Pay The salary scale for this position, with effect from Feb 1st, 2022, is as follows:

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Personal Pension Contribution (PPC)

  • Pay Rate: € 33,149.00, 35,502.00, 36,132.00, 39,272.00, 42,422.00, 45,573.00, 48,725.00, 50,672.00, 52,629.00, 54,602.00, 56,561.00, 58,527.00, 60,494.00, 62,454.00, 64,429.00 N-Max, 66,615.00 LS1, 68,795.00 LS2
How to apply?

Download an application form. You must complete all sectors of the form in a Word document. Format by way of email to [email protected] with the subject heading: archaeologist.

Submit your application no later than 4 pm on Tuesday, March 22nd, 2022, to; [email protected] with the subject heading: archaeologist.

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