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Coastguard

Job Zone

Education
Most occupations in this zone require job specific training (vocational training) related to the occupation (NFQ Levels 5 and 6 or higher), related on-the-job experience, or a relevant professional award.

Related Experience
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€26k > 48 
Coastguard
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€26 - 48 
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Last Updated: March, 2014

* 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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At a Glance... header image

Coastguards are civil servants who co-ordinate civil maritime search and rescue operations around the coast.


The Work header image

The Irish Coastguard co-ordinates all civil search and rescue operations around the Irish coastline. Coastguard stations around the coast use high technology equipment to maintain watch 24 hours a day. They also respond to '999' emergency phone calls.  
 
The Irish Coastguard is responsible for:  
 
- Developing, promoting and enforcing high standards of marine safety  
- Minimising the loss of life among seafarers and coastal users  
- Minimising the risk of pollution from ships  
- Where pollution occurs, minimising the impact on Irish interests  
- Sends information about tides and weather to ships  
 
The Irish Coastguard employs radio officers and operation officer. They also have many trained volunteers who participate in search and rescue.  
 
Coastguard operation officers maintain constant watch on international distress signals. They carry out coastal searches and are also responsible for leading and supervising cliff rescue teams.  
 
Watch assistants have a support and administrative role in the operational centres. They respond to emergency calls, monitor equipment, update logs and provide information to the general public.  
 
Coastguard volunteers have an interest in and concern for safety of life at sea. They receive training to respond to coastal incidents. 


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Examine injured persons and administer first aid or cardiopulmonary resuscitation, if necessary, using training and medical supplies and equipment.

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Contact emergency medical personnel in case of serious injury.

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Rescue distressed persons, using rescue techniques and equipment.

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Instruct participants in skiing, swimming, or other recreational activities and provide safety precaution information.

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Patrol or monitor recreational areas such as trails, slopes, and swimming areas, on foot, in vehicles, or from towers.

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Complete and maintain records of weather and beach conditions, emergency medical treatments performed, and other relevant incident information.

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Maintain quality of pool water by testing chemical levels.

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Warn recreational participants of inclement weather, unsafe areas, or illegal conduct.

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Observe activities in assigned areas, using binoculars, to detect hazards, disturbances, or safety infractions.

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Inspect recreational equipment, such as rope tows, T-bars, J-bars, and chair lifts, for safety hazards and damage or wear.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Assisting and Caring for Others:  Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.

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Performing General Physical Activities:  Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.

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Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings:  Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.

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Performing for or Working Directly with the Public:  Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships:  Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems:  Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

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Handling and Moving Objects:  Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.

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Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events:  Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.

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Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates:  Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

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Communicating with Persons Outside Organization:  Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Customer and Personal Service:  Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

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Public Safety and Security:  Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

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Education and Training:  Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

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Medicine and Dentistry:  Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.

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Administration and Management:  Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.


Skillsheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Monitoring:   Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Service Orientation:   Actively looking for ways to help people.

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Coordination:   Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

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Active Listening:   Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Social Perceptiveness:   Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

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Reading Comprehension:   Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Speaking:   Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Judgment and Decision Making:   Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

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Learning Strategies:   Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

You should be quick thinking and decisive. You'll need to remain calm in emergencies, have good organisational skills and high levels of concentration. Good communication skills are vital, as coastguards need to relay information quickly and accurately.  
 
You must be reliable and have a strong sense of responsibility. Supervisory skills may be required at times of emergency, when volunteers and coastguard rescue teams are assisting.  
 
You should have good general fitness to cope with a range of activities such as cliff rescues and boat work. You should have normal sight and hearing.


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Contactsheader image

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Organisation: Public Appointments Service
  Address: Chapter House, 26/30 Abbey Street Upper, Dublin 1
  Tel: (01) 858 7400 or Locall: 1890 44 9999
  Email: Click here
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Organisation: Irish Coast Guard (IRCG)
  Address: Coast Guard Headquarters, Department of Transport, Leeson Lane, Dublin 2.
  Tel: (01) 678 2000
  Email: Click here
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