Open Competition: Community Service Supervisors

The Probation Service is an executive agency within the Department of Justice. We play an important role in helping to reduce the level of crime and to increase public safety by working with offenders to help change their behaviour and make good the harm done by crime. We are the lead agency in the assessment and management of offenders in our community.

The Probation Service is holding an open competition for the appointment of Community Service Supervisors.


Location: We currently have vacancies in the following counties: Dublin, Kilkenny and Cork. The Cork vacancies are expected to become available later in the year. If you are successful in this competition you will be placed on a panel in order of merit from which vacancies will be filled.


Closing Date: 5pm, Wednesday, 17 April 2024


To apply: please submit a current CV (of not more than 2 pages) and a cover letter of no more than 1 page outlining your experience relevant to the role to [email protected]. The email should be entitled "CSS – candidates name".


The Role        

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 organise and manage 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, responding to individual needs and learning styles
  • To be accountable for, record and report on offender’s attendance on a daily basis
  • To work as part of cross grade teams to develop opportunities for community service sites and projects including sourcing sites, developing contacts and engaging with relevant networks and organisations 
  • Assess and manage work site, in accordance with Probation Service guidelines including Health & Safety standards


For further details about this open competition, please see the information booklet: