PAS | Local Authority Recruitment information and job descriptions

Local Authority

Local Government

The purpose of local authorities is to provide services such as planning, housing, roads and traffic, libraries, fire, environmental health, leisure services and waste collection/disposal for the local population. The Local Government sector in Ireland is made up of 31 Local Authorities and three Regional Assemblies

Overview of Occupation Sector

The Local Authorities are large employers. The sector offers entrants the opportunity to work nationwide, in a wide variety of roles.

Range of Jobs

The roles in local government are many and varied. Amongst these are architects, surveyors, engineers, housing officers, librarians, leisure centre staff, museum curators, fire-fighters, roles in environmental health and conservation, road maintenance, waste management and town and country planning and administrators. Many of those employed by local authorities have their own professional career paths, training for example as surveyors and architects, but some are trained by the employer.


Due to the range and diversity of jobs in local government, we recommend that you study the job descriptions of the positions of interest to you. This will help you reflect on the skills and attributes needed for the various positions and how you might match them or at least what you need to improve on to become a successful candidate. All roles in local government are suited to individuals with a strong sense of service to the public.

The terms of employment are good, offering pensions, flexible working conditions, which encourage a good work/life balance.

Entry Points

There are three streams in Local Government - administrative, professional and technical grades. Postgraduate study and/ or particular work experience may be required for entry to professional posts. Some professional routes can be entered at graduate level and there are often good training opportunities to advance. For administrative positions you may, however, need to start in a low level post and work your way up the career ladder.

Looking for a Career in Local Government

The Public Appointments Service recruits for senior positions in the Local Authorities, such as County Manager, Director of Services and other senior professional and specialist posts. You should check vacancy pages on and log in to the website to sign up for job alerts. For all other vacancies, the best source of vacancies is on the individual local authority websites. If you know what local authority area you would like to work in, consider using the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government website to find individual local authority websites. Keep an eye on the national, local press, local government magazines and specialist trade journals for job advertisements.

Experience and how to get it

Try to get experience relevant to the area that you are interested in, even if it means working in a voluntary capacity. This will hone your skills. Authorities have temporary work opportunities from time to time. Use to find contact details. Approach your local authority directly to enquire about opportunities to work shadow in the area that interests you.

Professional & Technical Roles in Local Authorities

There is a wide range of professional and technical positions in the Local Authorities.

Professional and Technical Positions in the Local Authorities include

  • Planner
  • Quantity Surveyor
  • Engineer
  • Architect
  • Fire Officer
  • Solicitor
  • Financial Management Accountant
  • Librarian

Additional information can be obtained from the Local Authority website at:

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