Macra na Feirme: Training & Development Officer - South East

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Macra na Feirme

Macra na Feirme

Job Title: Training & Development Officer South East

Locations: Within Wicklow, Wexford, Dublin, Carlow & Kildare area (Dublin, Mid-East and South East)

Contract Type: Full-time Permanent

Reporting To: Head of Membership, Policy and Advocacy

Hours: 35 Hours per week, including evening and weekend hours

About Macra na Feirme

Macra na Feirme is a vibrant, independent, non-profit, national voluntary organisation for rural young people and young farmers between the ages of 17 and 35 engaged in youth development and training. The organisation consists of a nationwide network of clubs which support a range of activities in agriculture, sport, travel, public speaking and performing arts.

Macra na Feirme is committed to the personal development of members and puts emphasis on social interaction and participation.

Macra na Feirme employs 25 staff and involves hundreds of volunteers on a weekly and monthly basis in the delivery of services to members through almost 200 clubs across the country.

Role Overview

The aim of the Training & Development Officer is a rewarding role focused on developing volunteer led Macra na Feirme Clubs and Counties for young people in the South East region, incorporating counties Wexford, Wicklow, Dublin, Carlow & Kildare.
Macra na Feirme activities take place at evening time and at weekends, this provides an opportunity for a flexible role, with responsibility to manage working hours to suit the demands of your area.

Main Responsibilities of the job

The main duties of a Training and Development Officer are:

  • To support the creation of new clubs and sustain a portfolio of clubs within the region for the enjoyment and personal develop of the young people we serve.
  • Assist volunteers, club and county officers to organise themselves effectively and efficiently to engage in youth development activities.
  • To provide guidance & support to Club and County Officers to ensure they have balanced well-planned programmes.
  • To deliver training, coaching and mentoring, and organise the delivery of training, to build the capacity of young people within Macra Clubs.
  • To contribute to the development of education programmes to support development and empowerment of volunteers to become leaders within their own communities and beyond.
  • To engage and support volunteers in relation to problem solving and other areas of concern and interest to them in youth development.
  • To implement best practice policies and procedures in relation to member training, recruitment, retention and development.
  • To encourage clubs to engage, interact and participate in competitions, training and events with other Macra na Feirme clubs in the area.

Person Specification


  • A relevant third level degree, preferably in youth and/or community work, and at least 3 years’ experience is required. The ideal candidate will have a thorough understanding of child safeguarding legislation, especially in the context of Macra na Feirme service and age cohort.

Professional Qualifications and Experience

The ideal candidate will have the following essential qualifications or experience:

  • Education to Degree level preferably in Youth and/or Community Work
  • An understanding of Youth Work and Community development methodologies
  • Access to car and full driving license
  • Thorough knowledge of child protection and safeguarding legislation and practices

It is desirable that the ideal candidate will have the following:

  • Paid or voluntary, experience working with young people
  • Experience in coaching, mentoring or training provision to young people
  • Experience of Erasmus+ programmes or other EU funded initiatives
  • Understanding of Irish Agriculture

Additional Considerations for the Role

Garda vetting: As our work involves contact with young people, candidates under consideration for employment in Macra na Feirme will be subject to Garda vetting.

References: The successful candidate will undergo 2 reference checks before commencing employment with Macra na Feirme.

Annual Leave: The Training and Development Officer will be entitled to 25 days annual leave plus public holidays.

Hours of work: The Training and Development Officer will be expected to work a minimum of 35 hours per week. Please note these positions will require flexibility in relation to working hours. It is expected that the Training and Development Officer(s) will work some late evenings (up to 11pm) and some weekend work.

Salary: The salary for this position will be discussed with the successful candidate upon appointment.

Travel: This post will involve domestic travel within Ireland and occasional meetings. Travel and expenses will be paid in accordance with appropriate Macra na Feirme rates.

Base: The role can be undertaken remote on a working from home basis. The successful candidate is expected to be residing in the area.

Closing date: The deadline for returning completed application forms is 5.00pm WEDNESDAY 1st December 2021. Applications received after the deadline will not be accepted.

To apply please email

Macra na Feirme is an equal opportunities employer.

General Info

Date Entered/Updated
23rd Nov, 2021
Dublin, Mid-East & South East
Expiry Date
1st Dec, 2021