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Civil & Public Service

Civil & Public Service

Working for the Civil Service or the Public Service involves working in the departments and public bodies that serves the population by carrying out government policy.

Careers in the area are varied, they are characterised by clearly defined career paths with opportunities for progression and upskilling.  Positions available include clerical officers, executive officers, management staff as well as  technical and specialist roles. Some departments will have positions specific to their field, for example Third Secretary is the primary job title in the Department of Foreign Affairs.

Working in the civil service will provide you opportunities to work on projects that will help Ireland react to the challenges of a changing world, whether that’s in the realm of justice, managing the economy, or reacting to the effects of technology.  You may find yourself working to better deliver state services, or crafting initiatives and schemes to create better policy. This is the sector for people strongly motivated by serving the public and the good government can do.

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Public Appointments Service
Public Appointments Service

Occupations in Civil & Public Service
(sorted by Job Zone)

Civil Service - Clerical Officer

Assists Senior Officers with clerical work in a government department.

Clerical Assistant

Clerical assistants are responsible for filing, dealing with correspondence, maintaining data using computer or manual systems, and other general office duties.

Civil Service - Executive Officer

Oversees and manages the work in a section of a Government Department.

Civil Service - Principal Officer

Part of the top management process in the Civil Service reporting to the Assistant Secretary.

Civil Service - Staff Officer

Intermediate role in a government department reporting to the Executive Officer.

Conservation Officer - Nature

Manages the local environment towards preserving and protecting areas of natural beauty and promoting biodiversity.

Health and Safety Inspector

Health and safety inspectors are civil servants who deal with health and safety in workplaces. They make sure that employers follow health and safety legislation.


A Diplomat represents their country’s government overseas, and counsel on international issues.


Designs, plans and directs the construction of buildings of all kinds and sizes, and changes to existing buildings.

Assistant Staff Officer - Planning

Processes planning applications and all related matters and records progress and deals with enquiries.

Civil Service - Administrative Officer

Gathers and assesses information to help Government Ministers make policy decisions.

Civil Service - Assistant Principal

A senior role that involves managing large teams, handling projects and budgets, strategic management and helping to develop government policies.

Civil Service - Assistant Secretary

A member of the Management Advisory Committee of a Government Department in the Public Service.

Civil Service - Higher Executive Officer
Mid-management role, reporting to and assisting the Assistant Principal. Manages projects and budgets and help to develop government policy.
Civil Service - Secretary General

The Secretary General is the head civil servant of each Irish Government Department.

Civil Service - Third Secretary

This role involves advising the government on Ireland's external relations and being the official communication channel for foreign governments and international organisations.

Tax Inspector

Assesses and collects tax from both business and professional individuals.