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Heritage Officer






Candidates shall be of good character.


Each candidate must be in a state of health such as would indicate a reasonable prospect of ability to render regular and efficient service.


Each candidate must, on the latest date for receipt of completed application forms:

(a) be a serving employee in a Local Authority, Health Board, Vocational Education Committee in the State, Institute of Technology, the General Medical Services (Payments) Board, St. James’s Hospital Board, Beaumont Hospital Board, An Bord Altranais, the Local Government Computer Services Board, the Border, Midland and Western Regional Assembly or the Southern and Eastern Regional Assembly and have, satisfactory experience at a level not lower than that of Assistant Staff Officer;

(b) have not less than two years satisfactory experience either in that post or at a level not lower than that of Clerical Officer in one of the organisations set out in paragraph (a) above;

(c) possess a good standard of administrative experience and adequate experience in office organisation and in the control of staff.


i. Have a minimum educational qualification of primary degree or equivalent post-graduate qualification in a subject relevant to heritage, for example: archaeology, history, museum studies, building conservation, object conservation, earth and natural sciences, planning, geography, etc.

ii. Have a recognized track record in heritage management or conservation.

iii. Have a minimum of five-years work experience at an appropriate senior level of responsibility in a heritage related position following graduation.

iv. Demonstrate knowledge or experience of environmental assessment procedures and practice.

v. Demonstrate knowledge or experience of contemporary heritage management approaches including for example, community engagement.

vi. Possess good communication skills.

vii. Possess good organizational and management skills.

viii. Be enterprising, innovative and capable of working to a brief on his/her own initiative.

ix. Experience and knowledge of local authority structures would be an advantage.





1. The employment is wholetime, permanent and pensionable. Persons who become pensionable employees of a local authority who are liable to pay the Class A rate of PRSI contribution will be required in respect of their superannuation to contribute to the local authority at the rate of 1.5% of their pensionable remuneration plus 3.5% of net pensionable remuneration (i.e. pensionable remuneration less twice the annual rate of social insurance old age contributory pension payable at the maximum rate to a person with no adult dependant or qualified children).

Persons who become pensionable employees of a local authority who are liable to pay the Class D rate of PRSI contribution will be required in respect of their superannuation to contribute to the local authority at the rate of 5% of their pensionable remuneration.

All persons who become pensionable employees of a local authority will be required in respect of the local Government (Spouses and Children’s Contributory Pension) Scheme to contribute to the local authority at the rate of 1.5% of their pensionable remuneration in accordance with the terms of the Scheme.


Where persons who are not already employees of a Local Authority are employed, the following provisions shall apply:
(a) there shall be a period after such employment take effect during which such persons shall hold such employment on probation,

(b) such period shall be one year but the Chief Executive may at his or her discretion extend such period,

(c) such persons shall cease to hold employment at the end of the period of probation unless during such period the Chief Executive has certified that the service of such persons is satisfactory.


€48,978 - €63,672 per annum.

The holder of the post shall pay to the Local Authority any fees or other monies (other than his/her inclusive salary) payable to or received by him/her by virtue of his/her post or in respect of services which he/she is required by or under any enactment to perform.


The Heritage Officer will have an important role to play in forwarding the heritage agenda within Fingal County Council. The Heritage Officer will also perform a vital co-ordinating and community function regarding heritage matters and will work in support of the County Heritage Forum.

The principal duties and areas of responsibility of the Heritage Officer include:

o Providing advice on the preparation and implementation of policy for the protection and enhancement of the County’s heritage.
o The preparation and implementation of a County Heritage Plan which would outline objectives and actions which prioritise heritage projects within the county. The County Heritage Plan will be prepared in conjunction with a County Heritage Forum representing heritage and county interests.
o Providing advice and Information to the Local Authority on heritage issues
o Supporting the County Fingal Heritage Forum
o Heritage input into local authority plans and projects
o Establishment of a database of heritage resources in County Fingal
o Public Consultations and organising heritage events
o Community engagement in relation to heritage matters
o Contribute to local and national conferences, exhibitions and seminars
o Assisting in advancing Heritage Projects
o Assist in the management of heritage assets
o Implementation of Government initiatives in relation to heritage
o Liaising with Government Department, State and Semi-State agencies and voluntary bodies in relation to heritage
o Promoting best practice in relation to heritage matters.
o Preparing comprehensive reports on all significant matters relating to heritage for the Council as required.
o Provide inputs to plans, projects and planning applications as required
o Provide inputs to the Strategic Environmental Assessment/Appropriate Assessment as required.
o Such other areas of responsibility as may be assigned from time to time.

These tasks which are indicative rather than exhaustive are carried out under general guidance.

Persons employed will be required to work in any location within the Fingal administrative area.


For the purpose of satisfying the requirement as to health it will be necessary for successful candidates, before they are employed, to undergo a medical examination by a qualified medical practitioner to be nominated by the Local Authority.


Dependant on the relevant Pension Scheme.


A local authority may decide, by reason of the number of persons seeking admission to a competition, to carry out a shortlisting procedure. The number of persons to be invited, in these circumstances, to interview shall be determined by the local authority from time to time, having regard to the likely number of vacancies to be filled.

Selection will be by means of an interview conducted by or on behalf of the local authority. Candidates will be required to pay any expenses incurred by them in attending the interview.

Panels may be formed on the basis of such interviews. Candidates whose names are on a panel and who satisfy the local authority that they possess the qualification declared for the post and that they are otherwise suitable for employment may, within the life of the panel, be employed as appropriate vacancies arise.

The local authority shall require a person to whom employment is offered to take up such employment within a period of not more than 6 weeks and if he or she fails to take up the employment within such period or such longer period as the local authority in its absolute discretion may determine, the local authority shall not employ the person.

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Contact Details

Fingal County Council
County Hall
Main Street, Swords
Co Dublin
Co. Fingal


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