Commissioners of Irish Lights - Buoy Team Painter & Support Operative (1 vacancy)


Commissioners of Irish Lights are hiring! 📢🌊

Irish Lights are currently recruiting for a Buoy Team Painter & Support Operative.

Role: Buoy Team Painter & Support Operative
Location: Irish Lights HQ, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin
Salary: €35,525 to €44,527

Closing Date for Applications: Friday 26th July 2024

Overview of Role
The Buoy Team Painter & Support Operative (BTP/SO) will be responsible for the provision, maintenance and management of Irish Lights assets and other activities. The BTP/SO will operate as part of a multidisciplinary team based in Irish Lights Dun Laoghaire and will, on occasion, be required to work on the coast of Ireland wide basis or at a third-party location.  

The BTP/SO will work within their training, skills and competencies to deliver the required work packages in an efficient and effective manner.  While the essential requirement is for a qualified and experienced painter to undertake related duties, the greater part of the role will be in the other duties and responsibilities listed below.

The role holder will report to the Irish Lights Dun Laoghaire Buoy Team Lead for their day-to-day duties and to the Lighthouse Team Lead when working on the Coast. 

Main duties and responsibilities of the role include:

  • Provision of quality workmanship in all aspects of the role, particularly in painting duties
  • Washing, grit blasting, painting and assembly of mechanical structures (buoys)
  • Climbing scaffolding/ladders and working at heights
  • Undertaking basic welding of buoy bowls and daymarks
  • Undertaking basic electrical (12 volt dc) and mechanical assembly work
  • Operating mobile plant equipment e.g. fork lift, teleporter, crane
  • Undertaking stores operations, such as, operating stores reach truck, issuing goods, stock checks • Driving a van, as required, for both short and long distances
  • Assisting technicians with general operative work
  • Regular physical activity
  • Maintaining positive environmental standards and procedures
  • Adhering to risk, safety and environmental management
  • Efficient use of Irish Lights assets
  • Have a flexible approach to work, including working hours and carrying out other duties, as required
  • Delivering on objectives agreed in the annual Performance and Development System.  

Core Competencies required in the role

  • Personal Responsibility – Taking responsibility for your own actions and being open to learning and change  
  • Manage Work – Identifying, prioritising and organising work for delivery.  Taking ownership and being accountable for your work  
  • Communicate Effectively – Two-way information sharing process which involves sending a message in a clear and responsible way that is easily understood  
  • Teamwork – Working collaboratively with others, both within and outside your department, to achieve the best outcome  

Essential skills, experience and qualifications:

  • Relevant painting qualification – Solas apprenticeship or equivalent
  • Experienced painter
  • Ability to work at heights
  • A good level of physical fitness
  • Evidence of working within a team
  • Ability to self-organise and work independently
  • Commitment to ongoing personal upskilling and development
  • Good communications skills
  • Prepared to travel and work away from base when required
  • Full, clean driving license 


The following are desirable, but training will be provided where required:

  • Relevant qualification – holder of Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card
  • Experienced general worker with broad skills and capabilities to undertake the duties of the role
  • Experience of spray painting with 2-pack paint
  • Experience of preparing surfaces to be painted and checking the finished product
  • Experience of mobile plant operation – forklift, pallet truck, teleporter, crane, slinging and signaling
  • Experience of working in a workshop
  • Experience of stores operation
  • Experience of grit blasting, high pressure washing
  • Experience of basic welding
  • Experience of slinging or lifting operations
  • Experience of driving large vehicles, for example, driving a van
  • Basic mechanical and electrical skills
  • Reasonable ICT skills 

How to Apply

Applications with CV and cover letter to be submitted to;

Gemma Gregan,
HR Advisor
T: +353 1 2715400

Closing date for applications is midnight on 26 July 2024.