Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Specialist

Vacancy Number:  24272
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: Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Specialist


Are you looking for a new challenge?

A Brighter, zero carbon future awaits!


Join the Planning & Environmental Group within Engineering & Major Projects, where we provide a broad range of environmental and planning services for ESB Group including the design, construction and operation & maintenance phases of onshore and offshore electricity infrastructure projects in Ireland and overseas. 


The team specialises in:


  • Planning
  • Environmental Consenting, Licensing & Compliance
  • Environmental Management Systems
  • Sustainability
  • Contaminated Land Remediation & Incident Response


We are looking for an experienced Environmental Consultant to join us on our journey to a Brighter Future. We have both onshore and offshore opportunities available.



Key Responsibilities


Responsibilities will cover the items below:


  • Take ownership and responsibility for requirements and project managing all environmental related workstreams on projects including: 
    • EIAR coordination, environmental studies and surveys for planning consent applications.  
    • Environmental obligations post consent (e.g. during construction) 
  • Find solutions to technical environmental consenting issues, with limited oversight and advise multi-disciplinary project teams on technical matters at a strategic level.
  • Manage, collaborate and coordinate with other teams across ESB to successfully deliver projects in a timely manner.
  • Lead consultations with key external stakeholders and statutory authorities as required on projects. 
  • Maintain an up-to-date knowledge of relevant environmental regulatory requirements for ESB development projects especially in areas of new technologies like offshore wind. 
  • Lead various feasibility and screening studies for sites as required by ESB. 
  • Manage environmental and technical consultants and review technical reports. 



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.




The successful candidate must have: 


  • Minimum 7 years experience in the area of Environmental Impact Assessment.
  • A proven track record of successfully coordinating, project managing and co-authoring large EIAR projects.
  • In depth knowledge and experience of the consenting process of major developments (e.g. Strategic Infrastructure Development Act, Environmental Impact Assessment process and assessment under the EU Habitats Directive process).
  • A strong understanding of the environmental regulatory requirements within Ireland related to consenting of major infrastructure projects. 
  • A professional manner with strong inter-personal skills, with an ability to communicate at all levels and deliver high performance results. 
  • Strong stakeholder management skills and proven track record of managing internal and external stakeholders and leading successful public consultations. 
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct efficient decision making and problem solving in collaboration with other key stakeholders. 
  • Strong organisational and structured approach to project management and commercial aspects of projects. 
  • A flexible approach to work, especially where necessary to deliver on project requirements. 




  • Experience of environmental regulatory requirements in the UK. 
  • A proven track record of delivering environmental consent requirements for significant projects, including in the marine environment.
  • Experience and preparation of other consent applications (e.g. Industrial Emission (IE) Licencing and Marine Consents) and supporting studies and surveys as required.
  • Experience of consenting infrastructure projects in the marine environment in Ireland or the UK. 
  • Full drivers’ licence and access to a car. 







  • Level 8 Environmental or Science Degree or equivalent qualification. 




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





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 Environmental Consenting Team Lead





€65,000 to €76,000 per annum



Closing Date 


5th December 2023

If you have any queries in relation to this job, please contact recruitment@esb.ie


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