Underwater Archaeologist Grade III


Job title: Underwater Archaeologist Grade III

Employer: Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage

Location: Dublin, Ireland

Closing Date: 3pm on Thursday 23rd February

Salary: Starting from €34,643

About the Employer:

The Department’s mission is to support sustainable development, with a particular focus on strategic planning, the efficient delivery of well-planned homes in vibrant communities, the sustainable management of our water resources, the nurturing of Ireland’s heritage and the promotion of effective local government

The National Monuments Service, an integral part of the Heritage Division of the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage, is charged with, and committed to, conserving and managing Ireland’s unique archaeological heritage for the benefit, education and enlightenment of present and future generations, as a support to the economy and sustainable employment and in compliance with statutory requirements.

About the Role:

  • Dealing with applications for licences, consents or other permits or authorisations under the National Monuments Acts or related legislation;
  • Maintaining archives and databases related to identification and protection of the archaeological heritage;
  • Preparing proposals for protection of monuments and sites under the National Monuments Acts or related legislation;
  • Provision of archaeological advice and comments in relation to planning applications, Environmental Impact Assessment Reports, Strategic Environmental Assessment Reports and a range of other documents relating to development proposals;
  • Representing the NMS in discussions and contact with a range of stakeholders (both public service and private sector), professional bodies and the general public;
  • Inspection of archaeological excavations or other activities regulated under the National Monuments Acts;
  • Carrying out archaeological surveys or investigations;
  • Inspections of monuments and other sites, including as part of investigation of possible breaches of the National Monuments Acts or related legislation and responding to threat to monuments and sites (whether natural or otherwise);
  • Managing and/or liaising with persons contracted by the Department in relation to any of the functions of the NMS;
  • Attendance at meetings of international bodies relating to protection of archaeological and related heritage
  • Inspections of wrecks, monuments and other underwater sites, including sites where archaeological objects or wrecks may exist. Participation in the investigation of possible breaches of the National Monuments Acts and actively responding to threat to wrecks, monuments and sites;
  • Participation in or leading, as a commercially qualified diver, UAU archaeological dive projects which take place across the country and may involve several days’ travel away from home and at weekends.
  • When participating in or leading dive projects, assisting with general archaeological duties when the need arises.
  • Carry out all or any of the following in the course of dive projects: site setup, equipment handling, underwater survey and excavation, dive tendering, safety standby diver duties, archaeological recording, photography, videography, artefact handling, first aid, recording, documenting, supervision and any other general archaeological and work site-related duties that may arise in the course of a project.
  • Identifying wrecks for inclusion in the Wreck Inventory of Ireland Database.
  • Inspection of underwater activities regulated under the National Monuments Acts;
  • Preparing proposals for protection under the National Monuments Acts of known wrecks and archaeological objects underwater and sites where wrecks or archaeological are believed to exist

About You:

Candidates must hold a minimum Level 8 qualification on the National Framework of Qualifications (Honours Bachelor Degree) or a NARIC Ireland Foreign Qualifications equivalent in Archaeology & have a minimum of 3 years’ post-qualification experience relevant to the post. Candidates must also hold a qualification at a minimum of QQI Level 6, Special Purpose Award in Commercial Scuba Diving Operations or HSE Part IV commercial dive qualification (or equivalent) & have experience of participating in underwater archaeological projects and the operation of relevant commercial dive equipment, experience in archaeological survey and excavation, planning/development issues and regulation.

The Public Appointments Service is committed to a policy of equal opportunity and encourage applications under all nine grounds of the Employment Equality Act.

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