Meath LSP are delighted to be part of the new Outdoor Recreation Officer pilot programme, funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development and supported by Sport Ireland. We are now inviting applications for the post of Outdoor Recreation Officer.

Candidates must demonstrate in their application that they possess all of the essential elements applicable in the person specification. Short listing will apply to those applicants who appear from the information available, to be the most suitable, in terms of experience, qualifications and other requirements of the post. Meath LSP is an equal opportunities employer.

Job Purpose

The role of the Outdoor Recreation Officer is paramount in the realisation of Embracing Ireland’s Outdoors, the National Outdoor Recreation Strategy, and stands as a linchpin in driving its successful implementation at a county level. This strategic position holds a pivotal responsibility in creating and overseeing the strategy’s leadership mechanisms at the county level, fostering sustainable development in outdoor recreation. By supporting the establishment of a County Outdoor Recreation Forum and facilitating the formation of a County Outdoor Recreation Committee, the successful candidates will play a central role in bringing together key stakeholders from various sectors.

This collaborative effort is essential for shaping and executing a comprehensive County Outdoor Recreation Plan. As we strive to harmonise national objectives with local needs, the Outdoor Recreation Officer will be instrumental in forging partnerships, promoting best practices, and ensuring the seamless integration of the

strategy into the fabric of each county. This position represents a unique opportunity to contribute significantly to the transformative journey of Ireland’s outdoor recreation landscape, fostering a legacy of sustainable and accessible outdoor experiences for generations to come.

Background

Every day in communities across the country, Sport Ireland through its network of Local Sports Partnerships (LSPs) helps people to get active and removes barriers to sport and physical activity. Working with trusted professionals and valued volunteers, the LSP network engages communities across the country to deliver inclusive, impactful, and sustainable opportunities tailored to local needs, to get Ireland more physically active, involved in sport, and improving the mental and physical health of the nation.

The Outdoor Recreation Officer pilot programme is being funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development and supported by Sport Ireland. In total, six Outdoor Recreation Officer pilot programmes will be rolled out in Local Sports Partnerships (LSPs) across the country in 2024. Meath Local Sports Partnership (Meath LSP) has been selected as one of the six counties for this pilot programme. The Outdoor Recreation Officer will be employed by Meath LSP as a member of the Meath LSP team and will work in collaboration with Sport Ireland and the other pilot LSPs, the local authority, local development company, state agencies and other key stakeholders to support a more coordinated, cohesive approach to outdoor recreation at county level.

The Outdoor Recreation Officer will coordinate the development of a County Outdoor Recreation Plan to support the sustainable development of outdoor recreation in their county. The position will aim to support and increase the number of people active in the outdoors while ensuring that best practice is implemented. The programme of work may be revised based on the success of these pilots and the findings from the evaluation of the programme.

Link to Job description

How to Apply

Closing date for receipt of applications is 12 noon Thursday 11th April 2024.