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  Paul Dowling
Ideally, try and get a job in the industry for a summer, or get a bit of experience before you go into it. You have to be happy with working outside, and doing physical work. If you are not prepared to work hard or are looking for a soft job, don't go into Landscaping. Design is very sexy at the moment, everyone wants to be a designer, a Landscape Designer. It's different on the ground, you have to be out there on sites in all weather and you have to make sure projects are managed well and you're able to muck in with everyone else. Biology is most important for anyone going into Horticulture or Landscaping as it covers propagation and helps with the identification of plant names, species and families through the universal use of Latin. Chemistry is also helpful as the use of various chemicals is a constant in horticulture. The chemical content and dangers of fertilizers, herbicides and insecticides in use in Amenity Horticulture needs to be understood anyone going into this business. Geography would be a relevant subject as well. Also, the simple things like having a full, clean driving licence, which can make you a lot more employable if you are trying for a job with a Landscape Conractor. This indicates that you are more mobile and can also drive a company van if needed. Be sure you're happy with the outdoor life. Having taken a Horticulture course will give you an advantage. However, it's possible to take a job first and study later, e.g. in IT Blanchardstown it is possible to study at night. I think you cannot beat doing the Diploma Course in the National Botanic Gardens because it is a good practical course which also covers all the theory and is invaluable for gaining plant knowledge.
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Waterkeeper

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Education
These occupations usually require a Leaving Certificate or equivalent.

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€18k > 25 
Water Keeper/Water Bailiff
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(thousands per year)*
€18 - 25 
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Last Updated: March, 2013

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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Water keepers/water bailiffs ensure that rivers and lakes are of a suitable environmental standard to be used for recreation, and encourage the growth and development of aquatic life.


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Enda Collins
Environmental Technician  

Enda works with Meath County Council as a Environmental Technician (Grade1). After his Leaving Cert he took a 2 year Cert in Microbiology and Biochemistry in GMIT. He went on the do a Diploma in GMIT and a Post Grad Diploma in Environmental Protection from IT Sligo. He now works on monitoring the Wastewater treatment plants in the area.

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Water keepers and water bailiffs ensure that rivers and lakes are of a suitable environmental standard to be used for recreation and encourage the growth and development of aquatic life. They also enforce laws that protect rivers and lakes. Typical duties may include performing surveys of fish and insect life in rivers and lakes to determine pollution levels, identifying the source of pollutants, offering advice on the disposal and treatment of effluent, and issuing licences to water users.  
 
The work involves contact with a lot of different people such as scientists, farmers, landowners and customers who are fishing, as well as working with the fish stock. Water keepers/water bailiffs work outdoors in all weather conditions.

 


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Communication skills are essential for when you are dealing with the public and other professionals. Sometimes it may also be necessary to be firm but polite with customers. You must be able to work without close supervision and as part of a team.  
 
Some knowledge of freshwater biology may be required, especially concerning the nutrition and breeding of fish and habitat requirements. Physical fitness is crucial. Water keepers/water bailiffs have to manage rough ground and are continually on there feet. You will probably get your hands dirty and messy at times.


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Go..Leakage Operative - from:  N.C.S. [UK]
Go..Water conservation officer - from:  GradIreland

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Organisation: Central Fisheries Board
  Address: Unit 4, Swords Business Campus, Swords, Co. Dublin
  Tel: (01) 884 2600
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Organisation: Waterways Ireland
  Address: 2 Sligo Road, Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh, BT74 7JY
  Tel: +44 (0) 28 66 323 004
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Organisation: Inland Waterways Association of Ireland (IWAI)
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  Tel: 1890 924 991
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