Current Vacancies

Youth Work Ireland is a Federation of 20 local youth services who deliver quality youth work programmes and projects to young people in Ireland. We are a rights-based and youth-led organisation and through our network we promote an open, inclusive integrated and accessible approach to working with and for young people.

We currently wish to recruit for the following positions.


Participation Officer 

Youth Work Ireland is the collective voice of 20 Local Youth Services. Our members are leading youth work practitioners in their communities. We are building on a long tradition of providing quality services to young people and youth workers.

Youth Work Ireland in partnership with Foróige are contracted to run the Participation Team on behalf of the DCEDIY, to support the National Participation Strategy and delivery of the associated Development Plan.

The Participation Officer will provide technical support to the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth (DCEDIY) Citizen Participation Unit in fulfillment of the terms of a contract jointly held by Youth Work Ireland and Foróige. In addition to providing onsite and offsite support to Regional Comhairle na nÓg, supporting the National Comhairle na nÓg Executive, assisting in the development of annual events, consultations and other participation initiatives, the Participation Officer will also be involved in supporting consultations and providing training and development.

Based-in the Participation Team, line-managed through Youth Work Ireland National Office in Dominick St, Dublin 1, the Participation Officer will receive day to day programme direction from the Senior Youth Participation Officer (Foróige). The Youth Participation and will work as part of a small team. There is opportunity for agreed remote working.

Candidates should have a good general education, with experience of working with young people. Knowledge of, and commitment to inclusive participative practices is essential.

The candidate should have a thorough knowledge of participatory processes and techniques to facilitate involvement of groups and individuals in decision making, planning and evaluation. Experience of Participative Practices, and of training development is essential.

This post will require travel, out of hours and some weekend working.

Salary Scale: Development Officer 1:   €35,935.89 to €49,910.49

Completed signed application form together with covering letter outlining your suitability for the post (250 words) should be sent by email to:

Closing date for receipt of applications is 12pm, Tuesday 14th February 2023

Interviews are scheduled for February 28th 2023 Interviews will be in 20 Lower Dominick Street. Candidates will be asked to do a short presentation followed by interview questions.

Youth Work Ireland and all its affiliated members are equal opportunities employers.

Full Driving License and own transport required.

Our Generation Administrator (Part-Time)

Our Generation Administrator (Part-time) (Dublin 1) Ref: YWI 012020 04
(Peace IV Regional – Building Peace through Emotional Resilience)

Our Generation Administration Support p/t (building peace through emotional resilience with young people)
Responsible to: Our Generation Coordinator
Links to: Youth Workers & partner organisations
Timescale: March 2023 – end of September 2023
Location: TBD – Youth Work Ireland, 20 Lower Dominick Street, Dublin 1 or work from home
Project: ‘Our Generation’
Funder: SEUPB – Building Positive Relations at the Regional Level: Peace IV
Hours: 21 hours per week
Salary:  €14,198.16 per annum

Description of Project
‘Our Generation’ is a new, regional cross border, cross community initiative to building peace through emotional resilience across NI and the border regions of Ireland resulting in meaningful, purposeful and sustained contact between children and young from different communities. Our Generation builds a renewed, confident and hopeful society, conveying a light on what is possible as individuals, communities and as a wider society. This initiative is supported by the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).

YWI targets and deliverables:
Our Generation programme staff includes a team of one coordinator, two youth workers and one part-time administrator who will work together on:

  • Delivery of the Be Well programme to build resilience and address the anxiety issues of young people aged 14 – 25 in a three-year period. Details of Be Well Programme here:
  • The delivery of the YES (Youth Empowerment in Sexual Health) to volunteers, youth leaders and young people Details of YES Programme here:
  • The delivery of The Youth Fund to young people to work together to identify and award funding to achieve social actions projects for change in their community

Further details and to apply:
Applications to be made by completing the attached Application form and emailing to before 4pm on 20/02/23.

Please note interviews for this post will be held on Wednesday 22/02/23 via Zoom

Placements and Internships in Youth Work Ireland

From time to time Youth Work Ireland National Office takes on student or people seeking temporary placements to support their studies or work experience. This is done on a case-by-case basis.

If you are interesting in speaking to us about a work placement please contact