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Environmental Impact Assessment Specialist

  • Salary

    €55,000 to €65,000
  • Education level

    Bachelor's degree

Gaia Talent client’s Renewable Energy Business Unit is currently seeking to recruit an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Specialist on a permanent basis. This role will be based in Newbridge, Ireland on a hybrid basis – you’ll be with the team 2 days a week and will work 3 other days from home. The successful candidate will be responsible for leading the delivery of Environmental Impact Assessment Reports and Appropriate Assessments for a number of Renewable Energy infrastructure projects.

The main duties and responsibilities of the role will include the following:

  • Lead the EIA process for large-scale Renewable Energy Projects most importantly the delivery of the Environmental Impact Assessment Report and Appropriate Assessment/Natura Impact Statement for the proposed development;
  • Provide environmental expertise in relation to the delivery of Renewable Energy projects to assist the Planning Team and to inform the Business Unit Strategy to ensure compliance with Planning and Environmental issues;
  • Keep abreast of changes in planning/environmental legislation, policy decisions and updates to national, regional, and local authority development plans to maximize outcomes for the company. Contribute to the company’s submissions as required;
  • Assist the stakeholder and advocacy team with the development of effective project plans for the management of communications and consultation with local communities and other relevant stakeholders including statutory and non-statutory consultees;
  • Prepare specifications for third-party services for projects as required and fully assist the procurement team in the various stages of associated procurement processes;
  • Ensure that all works carried out under your remit comply with the company’s Health & Safety and Environmental policies and all relevant EU and National policies and statutory requirements.
  • All employees are expected to co-operate fully with all provisions taken by the company for ensuring the Health, Safety and Welfare of Co-employees and members of the public using the premises;
  • Assist with upskilling and mentoring of junior staff, as required, with a particular focus on the EIA and Appropriate Assessment processes;
  • Proactively participate in the Performance Management process to ensure delivery of own, and the wider team’s objectives;

The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications, skills, knowledge and attributes:

  • Hons Degree (Lvl 8 FETAC) in Environmental Science, Environmental Engineering or equivalent; Post Graduate (Lvl 9 FETAC) qualification in a relevant discipline, (e.g. Environmental Science, Engineering, Planning Law) desirable but not essential;
  • Minimum of 5 years experience in leading the preparation of EIAR and AA/NIS for large-scale projects essential;
  • Reporting to a Planning Programme Manager and liaising with all management levels across the company;
  • Expertise in leading the delivery of EIS/EIAR and AA/NIS documentation for large-scale development projects is essential;
  • Experience leading and managing multidisciplinary teams on EIA projects is essential;
  • Understanding of EIA process and Irish planning policy and legislation in relation to EIA is essential;
  • Experience in Renewables and related infrastructure, or SID projects is desirable but not essential;
  • Technical lead in a discipline related to EIA, e.g. ecology, noise, air quality etc. is desirable but not essential;
  • Experience across a range of project types with differing priorities, risk profiles and timelines is desirable but not essential;


  • Competitive industry-leading salary;
  • Comprehensive annual leave day;
  • Hybrid model of work (2 in the office 3 from home);
  • Pension scheme;
  • Professional Memberships and Subscriptions;
  • VDU Scheme;
  • Tax-saver Commuter Tickets;
  • People Development;
  • Health & Wellness Programme;
  • Employee Assistance Programme;
  • Employee Health Screening Programme;
  • Cycle to work scheme;
  • Staff discounts;
  • Equality, Diversity & Inclusion.

Apply now to seize this incredible opportunity. Feel free to apply through LinkedIn or reach out directly to [email protected]. Look forward to hearing from you!