Get Involved! Volunteers wanted for North Bull Island Programme

Love nature, wildlife and the great outdoors? This could be for you – Dublin City Council are seeking 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.

The Bull Island Volunteer Programme was established in 2017 and consists of a team of dedicated volunteers who are interested in promoting the ecological, cultural, and educational values of Bull Island to fellow visitors.

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.

Volunteers North Bull Island Programme

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.

Essential Info

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.

Applicants are invited to submit a Curriculum Vitae and covering letter to or Bull Island Volunteer Programme, Parks & Landscape Services, Dublin City Council, Block 4, Floor 0, Wood Quay Civic Offices, Dublin 8 on or before Monday, April 30th 2018.

For further information, contact or call 01 2223418

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Ann Robinson
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