Communications Officer SWAN

Job Ref: Sustainable Water Network (SWAN)
Type: 12 month, part-time (4 days/week) contract with a 3 month probationary period
Location: Dublin
Salary: €35,000 - €37,500 dependent on experience, pro-rata
Closing Date: No Longer Accepting Applications

Full Description


Ireland’s rivers, lakes, coastal waters and groundwater constitute a remarkable heritage and a rich network of resources. Their beauty and bounty have guaranteed pleasure and sustenance to people and wildlife for millennia and the Sustainable Water Network (SWAN) is committed to their protection.

SWAN is an umbrella network of twenty four of Ireland’s leading environmental non-governmental organisations (eNGOs) working together to protect Ireland’s waters by influencing national policy, by participating in the implementation of the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD)and other water-related legislation and by raising public awareness of the value of a healthy water environment. SWAN has both national and local members, representing a vast range of specialist and local knowledge and expertise in all areas of Ireland’s aquatic environment.

They are now seeking an experienced and passionate Communications Officer to join their team. This role is offered on a 12 month, part-time (4 days per week) contract.


Reporting to the Coordinator, the Communications Officer will raise awareness of water issues and promote SWAN’s aims and objectives using a wide range of communication tools and approaches, including the SWAN website, newsletter and via social media and traditional media.

A key part of this role will be translating SWAN policy positions into communication messages appropriate to a variety of audiences. The role also includes responsibility for internal network communication and member liaison & support. Experience working in the not-for-profit sector is essential and ideally applicants will have an appreciation of and familiarity with the value of, and threats to, the water environment in Ireland and also of the work of the Irish environmental NGO sector.

The ideal candidate will have 5 years’ experience in a communications role and will have run successful campaigns. It is essential that you are a good, open communicator and team player - whilst your primary responsibility is communications, as part of a small team, you must be prepared to get involved in different aspects of the organisation as needed. If you’re an energetic, positive communications professional with the ability to develop impactful messages in order to capture public imagination and a keen interest in current affairs and the political landscape in Ireland, we’d love to hear from you!

APPLICATION DETAILS: The recruitment campaign for the role of Communications Officer is being managed exclusively on behalf of the Sustainable Water Network by not-for-profit specialist recruitment consultancy Charity Careers Ireland.

If you would like to find out more about this role, please email [email protected] to request the full job description and information pack prior to making your application.

Closing Date: 12pm on Friday 30th August 2019