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Careers in Policy and Key Support Services


What we do

  • Provide a range of corporate support services across a diverse range of Department Divisions. Areas of service include, but are not limited to Accommodation, Accounts, Agriculture Appeals, Audit, Communications, Corporate Affairs, Data Management, Economics and Planning, Finance, Human Resources, IT, the Minister’s Office, Data Protection, Management Services, Legal Services, Research and Trade.
  • Contribute to policy development and implementation across a variety of areas, including, but not limited to, Animal Welfare, Climate Change, Corporate Development, Food Industry, Forestry Sector, Plant Health, Seafood and Veterinary.
  • Engage in strategic policy planning relating to national agri-food policy and contribute to Ireland’s input into EU and international agricultural policy.
  • Support payments and entitlements to farmers and fishermen through the implementation of Common Agricultural Policy and Common Fisheries Policy schemes. 
  • Facilitate EU market support measures such as export refunds, aid for private storage and intervention.
  • Support and develop our State Bodies and Agencies.
  • Facilitating trade and international relations through our overseas staff network.


  • To provide the highest quality service to the Minister and our stakeholders.
  • To progress the economic development of the agri-food, forestry and marine sectors.
  • To deliver schemes and services effectively.
  • To facilitate the sustainable advancement of our environment.
  • To adhere to the highest standards of corporate governance, including maintaining effective financial management of systems and controls.
  • To equip the Department with the highest quality IT support, systems and processes to support the broad range of activities carried out by the Department and to ensure extensive online services to its customers.


Staff operating in policy areas and key support services are found in key offices and regional offices across the nationwide. On a global scale, the Department is represented by agriculture attaché staff in cities across the globe, including Abu Dhabi, Beijing, Berlin, Brussels, Geneva, Mexico City, Rome, Seoul, Tokyo and Washington DC.


  • By ensuring that the Department adheres to the highest standards of corporate governance.
  • Regulating the agriculture, fisheries and food industries through national and EU legislation and by ensuring that the legislative framework is in place to operate all schemes and services.
  • Through control and audit of public expenditure.
  • By representing the Department at national, EU and international negotiations. 
  • Participation in Ministerial trade missions to third countries.
  • Representing the Department at attaché level in multilateral and bilateral Missions.
  • By engaging in focused oversight of the Departments Agencies and State Bodies.
  • By ensuring that IT teams are have the required expertise and capacity to implement

Who we employ:

Most of our Policy and Key Support Services staff enter the Civil Service via recruitment campaigns run by the Public Appointments Service (PAS). Promotion opportunities arise through a mixture of internal, interdepartmental and PAS competitions.

Service Officer

Entry Grade

Clerical Officer

Entry Grade

Executive Officer

Entry/Graduate Entry Grade

Higher Executive Officer


Administrative Officer

Graduate Entry Grade

Assistant Principal Officer

Senior Management Entry Grade

Principal Officer


Assistant Secretary General


Secretary General


Vacancies for specialist and professional roles in areas such as Economics, Engineering, Finance, IT/ICT, Legal Services, etc., are advertised occasionally in accordance with the Department’s business needs. To register for job alerts across the public sector, including the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine, please register with the Public Appointments Service.