Department recruiting senior Maritime and Coast Guard staff

The Department of Transport is expanding its staff in key areas of the maritime sector and across the Irish Coast Guard to address the ever-growing demands on its services.

The Department, which has come in for considerable criticism from volunteers in recent years, comprises almost 100 full-time staff, who are supported by nearly 1,000 volunteers across 44 units nationwide. There are three volunteer units in Co Clare at Doolin, Killaloe and Kilkee.

Around 400 individuals are saved every year by the organisation as it responds to almost 3,000 call-outs.

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The Department of Transport has decided to appoint new leaders and managers across the maritime sector and within the Irish Coast Guard to support this vital work.

The vacancies include Assistant Secretary, Maritime Policy, a role which will drive and deliver Government Policy in the maritime sector and ensure that it meets international obligations and domestic needs.

For the first time ever, the Department is also recruiting an Assistant Secretary for the Irish Coast Guard who will have overall strategic, operational and governance responsibility for the service. They will also manage a diverse workforce of uniformed officers, volunteer units, operational staff, policy officials and administrative support staff.

A core aspect of this role will be to deliver a transformation programme of the IRCG following a review across all aspects of the Coast Guard Service including strategy, structure, roles, culture and governance, to ensure that the IRCG is best placed to succeed in the 21st century.

Additionally, the Department is also recruiting for the role of Director of the Irish Coast Guard. The Director will be a key member of senior management and will be responsible for continuing the delivery of a best-in-class service that is trusted by the citizen. The role will include ensuring effective and efficient delivery for critical incidence responses to maritime emergencies.

The Department is committed to equal opportunity, diversity and inclusion in its workforce. Full details of the various roles, including specific eligibility requirements, will be available on

An additional three upcoming opportunities include: Quality Assurance Officer in the Irish Coast Guard; Health and Safety Officer in the Irish Coast Guard; and Electronics Officer in the Irish Coast Guard. These roles will be open for application in the coming months.

The following includes some additional details on the positions being advertised:

Immediate openings

Assistant Secretary, Maritime Policy 

The Department of Transport are looking for an exceptional individual to lead Ireland’s Maritime Policy and to make a real impact across a full range of issues relating to this sector.

Assistant Secretary, Irish Coast Guard

We are seeking an exceptional individual at Assistant Secretary level to have overall strategic, operational and governance responsibility for the service in Ireland. The department are looking for an individual who will deliver a best-in-class service where volunteers and permanent staff are proud to work.

Director of the Irish Coast Guard

The Director of the Irish Coast Guard will be responsible for delivering a best-in-class service that is trusted by the citizen and be a key member of the senior management team in the Department of Transport.

Openings to be advertised at a later date

Quality Assurance Officer

The Quality Assurance Officer will have responsibility for the Quality, Risk Management and Incident Audit processes of the Irish Coast Guard and will support the internal controls environment and the achievement of organisational objectives.

Health and Safety Officer

The Health and Safety Officer’s main aim is to prevent accidents, injuries and work-related illnesses in the Irish Coast Guard. The Health and Safety Officer, through proactive and positive communications, will lead in creating and implementing health and safety policies and ensuring their implementation throughout the Irish Coast Guard.

Electronics Officer

The Electronics Officer will be part of a team with responsibility for the overall management and operation of all technical aspects of the national marine communications networks around Ireland’s coastline.

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