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We asked Marie O'Donovan from CRH plc to give some advice for people considering this job:

Marie O'Donovan

Environmental Officer

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Marie O'Donovan

You should possibly consider studying environmental science or environmental engineering in third level.

You would also need to consider if you would like do quite a bit of driving during your day and to be able to oragnise your own work plans as both these things are important.

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Not surprisingly, some aspect of the natural sciences will run through the Naturalists interests - from ecological awareness to nutrition and health. People with an interest in horticulture, land usage and farming (including fish) are Naturalists.

Some Naturalists focus on animals rather than plants, and may enjoy working with, training, caring for, or simply herding them. Other Naturalists will prefer working with the end result of nature's produce - the food produced from plants and animals. Naturalists like solving problems with solutions that show some sensitivity to the environmental impact of what they do. They like to see practical results, and prefer action to talking and discussing.
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Plunket College

Plunket College


Plunket College 
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On-line applications open for September 2017, from January 2017.

Welcome to Plunket College. Located as we are in the heart of Whitehall, a very mature suburb of Dublin, we now find that we are catering increasingly for senior and adult students. The range of courses we offer which can be broadly categorised as follows:

  •  Junior Certificate (Boys School)
  •  Leaving Certificate (Co-Ed)
  •  Leaving Certificate (Adults)
  •  Repeat Leaving Certificate
  •  PLC Courses
  •  Courses for Adults – VTOS
  •  Part-time Adult Education
As we offer a very comprehensive range of programmes it is likely that we have a course suited to your needs – if not we will be pleased to direct you to another suitable centre.
Over the last 40 years we have developed a spirit that is centred on respect for each individual – staff & students.
We try to provide an atmosphere which is encouraging and supportive for students and which will help them to achieve their varied goals. It is vitally important that students take full advantage of the support structures which are provided by Course Tutors/Co-ordinators and Guidance Counsellors.
I would address a special word of encouragement to those who have been outside the education system for a long time and may now have a desire to return. It is never too late to learn! It is not at all uncommon, for example for adult learners to return to study for the Leaving Certifi cate in their 50’s and 60’s. In these cases motivation more than compensates for time missed from study in earlier years. Increasingly in recent years we find that we are enrolling more and more international students, a trend we very much welcome. The mix of students of different nationalities adds greatly to the diversity and richness of life in the college.
To those of you with an interest in sport, debates, public speaking or music I would like to encourage you to share your talents and the Student and Cultural Council (SCC) of CDVEC supports such activities.
You are most welcome to visit the college and speak to Tutors (by appointment) or to attend our OPEN DAY which usually occurs in February each year. Please contact our Admissions office if you need further information about any of our courses.
I hope that we can provide a course which is suited to your needs and wish you every success in your studies. Principal
Orla Kehily