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Civil Engineer - Drainage & Hydrology

Vacancy Number:  23144
Engineering - Civil / Structural
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 Civil Engineer – Drainage and Hydrology


Job Civil Engineer – Drainage and Hydrology                                                                                    

Team EMP, Civil Environmental Renewables Engineering Dept, Water & Geospatial Team


Are you looking for a new challenge?

A Brighter, zero carbon future awaits!


Join our dedicated team where we are involved in the delivery of civil engineering services from feasibility through construction stage across a wide range of electricity infrastructure projects for ESB. The portfolio of work will include both new build projects, remedial works to existing assets and the development of new Renewable energy projects in Ireland and abroad. The portfolio will encompass buildings, power stations, electrical infrastructure, and large macro-infrastructure such as dams. The team specialises in;

  • provision of civil, drainage and hydrological technical engineering services in the delivery of project works packages
  • Designing surface water drainage systems for developments in urban and rural settings including the appropriate use of sustainable drainage systems (SUDS).
  • Carrying out Flood Risk Assessment and hydrological studies (e.g. Section 50 Applications).

We are looking for a civil engineer to join us on our journey to a Brighter Future



Key Responsibilities


Responsibilities will cover the items below:


  • Demonstrate a commitment to safety and quality in all aspects of your role.
  • Provide civil, drainage and water engineering technical services and design capability from concept to detailed design to procurement and the delivery of engineering works.
  • Manage and co-ordinate all relevant civil, drainage and water engineering and associated disciplines’ activities required to successfully deliver projects to approved scope, budget and programme including the management of civil works contracts.
  • Ability to carry out site inspections, arrange surveys, analyse information gathered, and to produce effective drainage designs.
  • Coordination with other disciplines, working in a proactive way to deliver high quality projects to the client’s satisfaction.
  • Ensuring all planning permission and licensing conditions are complied with and liaison with all relevant statutory authorities and other stakeholders.



Knowledge, Skills and Experience


Working as part of this dynamic team, you will always have new challenges and new problems to solve – working together is key.  You will have the autonomy to choose how best to tackle tasks and solve problems with the support of your colleagues.




  • Minimum 5 years relevant experience.
  • Developed a strong technical capability, in civil, drainage and water engineering design and competence to deliver civil, drainage and water engineering packages.
  • Experience in the use of specialist software in hydrological, hydraulic or drainage modelling.
  • Demonstrated a strong capability in assessing, communicating and managing project critical technical risks.
  • Demonstrated a record of successfully managing significant projects or aspects of significant projects.
  • Demonstrated a strong capability in report writing
  • A ‘can do’ attitude in all dealings with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Full driving licence and access to a car.



  • A strong commercial and project management capability.
  • Experience of the management of surface and/or ground water contamination will be an advantage.
  • Experience in performing PSDP/PD role on projects.






  • Level 8 Civil Engineering Degree or equivalent qualification.



  • Level 9 Engineering Degree or equivalent qualification.
  • Chartered status in a recognised professional engineering institution.





Your base will be at one of our offices situated at One Dublin Airport Central or Eastgate Cork. 


ESB is committed to offering flexibility in ways of working and we call that Smart Working – combining digital tools with a culture of trust and empowerment to enable flexible and remote ways of working. The successful candidate may combine remote / smart working within the jurisdiction, with attendance at base for in-person collaboration, the frequency of which is agreed with the manager and subject to ongoing review.



Why ESB?


  • Opportunity to lead and operate on frontline of Ireland’s transition to net zero future​
  • Embracing & facilitating a Smart Working Future​ / Hybrid Working
  • Career development through mentoring, and training 
  • Corporate Social Responsibility Opportunities
  • Active Social & Sports Clubs
  • Networking opportunities
  • Credit Union
  • Generous Pension Contributions
  • Access to Staff Well Being programmes
  • Generous parents leave entitlements
  • Great team environment working to our Core Values – Courageous, Caring, Driven and Trusted
  • Performance Related Bonus
  • Professional membership fees covered
  • ESB has a comprehensive Diversity and Inclusion Programme



Reporting to


Reporting to the Water & Geospatial Team Leader within Civil, Environmental & Renewable Engineering.





€54,000 to €64,000 per annum



Closing Date 


8th June 2023 


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