Community Service Supervisors in the Probation Service





Title of Position:        Community Service Supervisors.


Employer:                  Department of Justice and Equality – Probation Service.


Location:                    Louth region – 5 days per week including Saturday



Background:              The Probation Service provides probation supervision, community service, community return, anti-offending behaviour programmes and specialist support services, to both adult and young offenders, which aim to stop them committing further offences.


                                    See the Probation Service website for further information - ‘For Service Users – Community Service’


Job Description         A Community Service Supervisor in the Probation Service will be assigned to duties in the supervision of offenders undertaking community service/ community return work in communities.


Main Duties & Responsibilities


  • To supervise the work of offenders who have been placed on Community Service/Community Return by the Courts, the Probation Service and the Irish Prison Service for specified hours


  • To instruct and guide offenders in relation to the work to be completed
  • To be accountable for, record and report on offender’s attendance on a daily basis
  • To source suitable work projects in conjunction with Probation staff
  • Assess and manage work site, in accordance with Probation Service guidelines including Health & Safety standards


Essential Entry Requirements for the position of Community Service Supervisor:


  • Experience of working in Trade / D.I.Y skills area
  • Good communication skills, written and verbal
  • Safe Pass qualification
  • Previous experience in positions of responsibility
  • Full clean Driving Licence


Desirable Requirements


  • D1/D1E Driving Licence
  • Evidence of working effectively with offenders in related area
  • Ability to motivate and support persons in the workplace
  • Knowledge of Health and Safety principles and practice
  • Knowledge of basic First Aid
  • Evidence of organisational / administrative abilities

* For successful applicants who do not have a D1/D1E Licence, you may be required as part of         your work to undertake the relevant qualification.


Personal Characteristics


  • Effective inter-personal skills with the ability to supervise offenders positively and constructively, while maintaining discipline and problem solving on site as required
  • An understanding of and ability to work within framework of equality of opportunity, anti- discriminatory practice and managing diversity
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and work with offenders within appropriate professional boundaries


Conditions of Service


This is a non-established permanent position classed as a State Industrial employee. There will be a probationary period of 12 months on appointment. The pay scale (full time) for this post is at present as follows:



€667.30           €682.58           €739.26           €743.03           €746.78           €750.55           €754.30 €758.52            €761.84           €765.60           €769.37


Salary will be adjusted on a pro rata basis.


A flexibility allowance equivalent to 2.5 hours per week is payable to staff on any week in which 3 days or more are worked and a supplement of 1.5 hours for any week in which less than 3 days are worked to compensate for working non-standard hours.


There is an annual leave allowance of 25 days for a full time post; a pro rata adjustment for the reduced work pattern will apply.


New entrants to the Public Sector are required under the Single Public Service Pension Scheme to make a personal contribution to a public sector pension. The minimum age at which pension is payable is 66 (rising to 67 in 2021 and 68 in 2028 in line with changes in State Pension age. Scheme members must retire on reaching the age of 70. Further information on this scheme are at


Incentivised Scheme for Early Retirement (ISER): It is a condition of the Incentivised Scheme for Early Retirement (ISER) as set out in Department of Finance Circular 12/09, that retirees under that Scheme are not eligible to apply for another position in the same employment or the same sector. Therefore, such retirees may not apply for this position.



Selection Method


Depending on the volume of applications received, a short-listing process may be needed to select those to be invited for interview. In making this assessment, candidates who do not meet the essential entry requirements set out on page 2, will be eliminated at this stage. Depending on the volume of applications received, a further shortlisting process may take place.




It is currently envisaged that interviews will take place in mid-May 2019. It is expected that they will take place at our Head Office in Smithfield, Dublin 7.


The interview board to select successful applicants will use the criteria set out below:








Knowledge relevant to the post (e.g. Community Service/Return, Probation Service, Offenders, addiction issues)






Relevant work experience and value derived from same (e.g. experience in positions of responsibility)





Effective interpersonal and communication skills (e.g. teamwork, personal presentation)





General Suitability





Total Marks Available






Any successful candidates will be subject to Garda vetting prior to appointment, and will be required to undertake a medical examination before appointment.




CVs should be emailed to - indicating which post is being applied for. 


Closing Date for Applications is 3rd May 2019
Interviews expected to take place Mid May


General Queries


For general queries please contact Cathy Martin, HR Unit at or 01 8173696.


The Department of Justice and Equality/Probation Service is committed to a policy of equal opportunity.


General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR)


In line with General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), the Department of Justice and Equality needs to process the personal data of employees for the purposes of enabling the organisation to consider the employee's suitability for employment and for the purposes of administering their employment. Without such processing, it would not be possible for the organisation to enter into this agreement with the employee. Information regarding the legal basis for any such processing, the period of time for which the personal data will be retained and related matters is set out in the following Department of Justice and Equality documents: Data Protection Policy, Data Protection Notice and the Data Retention Policy. This is the Department's data protection commitment to you as an employee.