Coastal Opportunities | North Bull Island Volunteer Programme

Love nature, wildlife and the great outdoors? This could be just for you! Dublin City Council are seeking a number of volunteers to join the North Bull Island Volunteer Programme.

Dollymount Strand on North Bull Island. Image William Murphy

North Bull Island is managed by Dublin City Council and is part of the Dublin Bay UNESCO Biosphere as well as several other nature conservation designations for the habitats and species that live on the island. The island is used daily by walkers, bathers, kite-surfers, beach-goers, bird-watchers, nature enthusiasts and has a plethora of amazing birds and wildlife.

North Bull Island Volunteer Programme aims to promote a balance between the amenity, recreational and economic potential of North Bull Island and its ecological, cultural, and educational values.

The objective of the Volunteer Programme is to have a team of volunteers who are interested in promoting the ecological, cultural, and educational values of North Bull Island to fellow visitors, and to assist in the management of responsible outdoor recreation.

Kite Surfer at the Battle of the Bay festival that takes place during the summer

The Volunteer Programme aims to:

  • Assist visitors in appreciating the special ecological and cultural qualities of North Bull Island through education, communication and conservation activities
  • Increase community involvement in, and awareness of, the management of the Island
  • Assist in practical conservation tasks
  • Promote the principles of ‘Leave No Trace’
  • Develop the volunteers own personal understanding, knowledge and sense of belonging to North Bull Island

They are looking for self-motivated, outgoing people who are able to communicate to a wide and varied audience. Candidates should have a reasonable level of fitness, be comfortable in working outdoors on an undulating landscape, and enjoy meeting and working with people, and providing assistance in a polite and constructive manner.



While no formal qualifications are required, candidates must have a love of nature and outdoor recreation, and demonstrate competence in interpersonal skills, organisation and teamwork. Any previous experience or knowledge in the following areas would be an advantage: facilitating/ leading groups; working with young people; history/ ecology of North Bull Island; field experience of ornithology/ botany/ marine ecology; volunteering or citizen science; teaching or customer care.

Candidates should ideally live close to North Bull Island or be regular visitors to the Island, however, any candidates (including students) who can commit to a minimum of two days a month (weekends or weekdays) for a twelve month period will be considered. Candidates should demonstrate an enthusiasm to helping Dublin City Council in the stewardship of North Bull Island. Candidates must be over 18 years, however there is no maximum age limit.

Applicants are invited to submit a Curriculum Vitae and covering letter to biodiversity@dublincity.ie or North Bull Island Volunteer Programme, Parks & Landscape Services, Dublin City Council, Block 4, Floor 0, Wood Quay Civic Offices, Dublin 8 on or before Friday, February 24th 2017. Applicants will be Garda Vetted.

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