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Not surprisingly, some aspect of the natural sciences will run through the Naturalist's interests - from ecological awareness to nutrition and health. People with an interest in horticulture, land usage and farming (including fish) are Naturalists.

Some Naturalists focus on animals rather than plants, and may enjoy working with, training, caring for, or simply herding them. Other Naturalists will prefer working with the end result of nature's produce - the food produced from plants and animals. Naturalists like solving problems with solutions that show some sensitivity to the environmental impact of what they do. They like to see practical results and prefer action to talking and discussing.

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Law Enforcement

Law Enforcement

The law enforcement body in Ireland is An Garda Síochána. There are over 13,000 Gardaí in the state who are responsible for enforcing the law.

As a Garda you will face a demanding career, and the attributes selected for are very important to your day to day work. You will need to call on an understanding of team-work, excellent communication skills, a mind for problem-solving and the ability to resolve conflicts.

Selection for Garda recruitment involves an aptitude test followed by an interview stage. You will be tested for competency in the areas of planning and preparation, community orientation, achieving high standards, decision making, persuading others and taking charge. You need to be aged between 18 and 34 to be eligible to apply to the Garda Siochána. Everyone must be in good mental and physical health..

Training comprises a total of three years based in Templemore which includes study (2-year BA in Applied Policing D-157) and supervised practical work at selected Garda stations. The college also has a BA in Police Management for superintendent rank upwards.

Over the course of your career you may develop an interest in one of the specialist units that support the Gardaí in their work. Examples include the air support, water, ballistics, fraud investigation, the Criminal Assets Bureau and the Garda National Immigration Bureau.

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An Garda Sí­ochána
An Garda Sí­ochána

Occupations in Law Enforcement
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Forensic Cleaner

Provides specialist cleaning of a crime scene when the Garda forensics team has completed their enquiries.

Garda - Detective Inspector
Conduct investigations to prevent crimes or solve criminal cases.

Maintains law and order as a member of the Garda Síochána in the Republic of Ireland.

Garda Reserve (Voluntary)

A voluntary, unpaid member of the Gardaí drawn from the community to assist the existing Garda Service. Garda Reserve members have limited Garda powers while on duty.


Works underwater to carry out activities such as installing, inspecting or repairing equipment, oil rig explosives, salvage work, conducting marine experiments, marine life photography or rescue services.

Forensic Scientist

Examines material taken by police from a crime scene using scientific techniques.

Forensic Computer Analyst

Investigates computer-based crime and gathers evidence to help build a case against suspected individuals or criminal networks.

Forensic Pathologist

Investigates deaths where there are medico-legal implications, for example, suspected homicides, death in custody and other complex cases.