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Waterkeeper

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€18k > 25
Water Keeper/Water Bailiff
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€18 - 25
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Last Updated: March, 2013

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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Water keepers/water bailiffs ensure that rivers and lakes are of a suitable environmental standard to be used for recreation, and encourage the growth and development of aquatic life.


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Enda Collins
Environmental Technician

Enda works with Meath County Council as a Environmental Technician (Grade1). After his Leaving Cert he took a 2 year Cert in Microbiology and Biochemistry in GMIT. He went on the do a Diploma in GMIT and a Post Grad Diploma in Environmental Protection from IT Sligo. He now works on monitoring the Wastewater treatment plants in the area.

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Water keepers and water bailiffs ensure that rivers and lakes are of a suitable environmental standard to be used for recreation and encourage the growth and development of aquatic life. They also enforce laws that protect rivers and lakes. Typical duties may include performing surveys of fish and insect life in rivers and lakes to determine pollution levels, identifying the source of pollutants, offering advice on the disposal and treatment of effluent, and issuing licences to water users.  
 
The work involves contact with a lot of different people such as scientists, farmers, landowners and customers who are fishing, as well as working with the fish stock. Water keepers/water bailiffs work outdoors in all weather conditions.


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Communication skills are essential for when you are dealing with the public and other professionals. Sometimes it may also be necessary to be firm but polite with customers. You must be able to work without close supervision and as part of a team.  
 
Some knowledge of freshwater biology may be required, especially concerning the nutrition and breeding of fish and habitat requirements. Physical fitness is crucial. Water keepers/water bailiffs have to manage rough ground and are continually on there feet. You will probably get your hands dirty and messy at times.


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Go..Leakage Operative - from: N.C.S. [UK]
Go..Water conservation officer - from: GradIreland

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Organisation: Central Fisheries Board
Address: Unit 4, Swords Business Campus, Swords, Co. Dublin
Tel: (01) 884 2600
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Organisation: Waterways Ireland
Address: 2 Sligo Road, Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh, BT74 7JY
Tel: +44 (0) 28 66 323 004
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Organisation: Inland Waterways Association of Ireland (IWAI)
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Tel: 1890 924 991
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