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Hydro Team Member, Civil Technical Services

Vacancy Number:  21737
Engineering - Planning / Environmental
Job Type:  Full-time

ESB is a purpose led company striving to create a brighter future for the customers and communities we serve, leading the transition to reliable, affordable, low-carbon energy.  Today, we operate one of the most progressive electricity systems in the world, with activities spanning electricity generation, transmission, distribution and supply in Ireland, Northern Ireland and Great Britain, and an international energy consulting business.

With almost 8,000 employees we invested €1bn in infrastructure last year, contributed over €2bn to the economies we operate in and distributed over €2m across a range of community initiatives. This requires us to bring the best of our capabilities together to deliver innovative and value-driven solutions that enable our customers to live low-carbon lives. ESB strives to foster an effective and inclusive culture where people engage, challenge and feel connected to our purpose, colleagues, customers and community.

Position Description 


Ardnacrusha has the distinction of being ESB’s first hydro station. It is also Ireland’s largest river hydroelectric scheme and operates on a purpose-built canal connected to the Shannon. The station was a ground-breaking development in 1929 and, at that time, the 86 MW capacity was enough to meet the 96% of the electricity demand of the whole country.  


Ardnacrusha Power Station is fed by a 12.5km long Headrace Canal which transports water from Parteen Basin. The canal is created by Category A Earthen Embankment Dams and the 31m Concrete Dam at the station.  Parteen Basin is a man-made basin on the Shannon created by 4km of Category A Earthen Embankment Dams either side of the basin.  Monitoring and maintaining the dams and civil infrastructure is the key focus of the Civil Engineering team.


The Civil Technical Services Team Member will work as part of the Civil Engineering team based in the station.  The Team Members are required to work across all the areas within the station and the lands throughout the Shannon scheme from Ardnacrusha to Lock Allen in Leitrim. Duties will including civil works, technical services, operations & maintenance, supervision, and contractor management.  This role is a great opportunity to contribute to the landmark Ardnacrusha scheme; bringing and developing engineering expertise as part of a strong Civil Engineering team. 


The successful candidate should be a motivated team player with good problem-solving skills. They will be supported to work autonomously, to be flexible and to provide support to other teams and projects as required.  Out-of-hours support will be a feature of the role. 


Excellent communication skills are required and the ability to support and work effectively with staff at all levels within and outside of the organisation is essential. The successful candidate will receive training as required.    



Key Responsibilities 


The key responsibilities include the following:  



  • Provision of technical services to the Civil Engineering Manager and the team. 
  • Taking, validating, and reviewing dam instrumentation readings as scheduled and escalating as required. 
  • Providing, after training, expertise, assistance and support to other personnel  carrying out readings throughout the Shannon and Lee schemes. 
  • Ensuring Dam Safety works are scheduled and completing reports on works 
  • Creating specifications, tendering and procurement for station projects 
  • Managing station projects with the Civil Engineering Team 
  • Safety management, Quality management and supervision of projects and ongoing works supported by the Civil Engineering Team.  
  • Maintain and update standard operating procedures, risk assessments and method statements for ongoing works 
  • Maintaining Station drawing register, records and reports from projects and inspections 
  • Topographical Surveying and providing AutoCAD or similar services as required 
  • Attend, participate in and facilitate Civil Inspections  
  • Becoming fully competent to act as a Work Controller under the safety rules and provide backup permitting and supervision as required  
  • Assisting Civil team members with environmental compliance for works  
  • Stakeholder liaison or other duties as required which may be assigned to you, from time to time, by your line manager.  


Knowledge, Skills, and Experience 




  • Experience in civil engineering, construction, or equivalent experience . 
  • Attention to detail, good written and verbal communication skills, including report and specification writing 
  • Working knowledge of PCs and use of programmes such as MS Office etc. 
  • Use of Survey equipment in addition to proficiency in the use of AutoCAD, or similar drafting programmes 
  • Full clean driving licence 






  • 3 Years relevant experience  
  • Experience in Dams / Dams Monitoring  
  • Knowledge of Safe Systems of work, permitting and isolating processes 
  • Experience in safety/ quality/environmental and site management of contractors 
  • Knowledge or experience of engineering/ document management systems 





  • The Candidate must have a qualification at NFQ Level 7 or above in Civil Engineering or a related discipline, or equivalent work experience. 





The successful candidate will be based at Ardnacrusha Hydro Station and provide a service to both the Shannon and Lee Stations. The person will be expected to work in all locations as required. 



Reporting to 


The successful candidate will report to the Civil Engineering Manager, Ardnacrusha Station. 





€37,500 - €44,500



Application and Selection Process  



Applications must be submitted Online 


Closing date is strictly no later than 31st May



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