Organisation: Canoeing Ireland
Location: Dublin
Contract Length: 11 month contract
Full time / Part time: Full time
Salary: €26,620 (per annum – pro rata over 11 months)
Application closing date: 27th January 2023
Programme duration: March 2023 – Feb 2024

The Sport Ireland ASPIRE Programme
ASPIRE is a graduate employment programme, funded by Sport Ireland. This programme has been approved by Government with support from the Dormant Accounts Fund. The aim of this programme is to enable a number of recently qualified sport and physical activity graduates to gain relevant experience working in the sports sector and to develop relevant skills and knowledge. The successful graduate will receive an 11-month contract and will work directly for Canoeing Ireland. Canoeing Ireland are responsible for the recruitment and selection of the graduate. Sport Ireland will provide a series of skills-based training, career coaching and personal development opportunities, which graduates are encouraged to take advantage of.

Job Summary
The role of the ASPIRE Graduate will be to support and coordinate programmes and projects in liaison with the organisation’s business departments/units, stakeholders and volunteers. The successful individual will perform a wide range of administrative duties to support the organisation. This placement offers the successful graduate a significant opportunity to gain relevant experience and to potentially advance their career in the sports sector. Previous experience in a similar role is not required.

Key Job Duties & Responsibilities
• The role will primarily be to work in the area of Equality, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) development.
• Support the team/organisation in achieving project/programme objectives. [Bridge the Gap & Paddle Able]
• To coordinate and have direct responsibility for a project or a specific set of tasks related to a project/programme.
• Communicating with our members & wider network of organisations
• Designing & reviewing programmes (with assistance) [Bridge the Gap and its related programmes, Paddle Able and its related programmes]
• Attending events, training, programmes site visits and conferences [Watersports Inclusion Games, Her Paddle Journey, Liffey Descent, European Week of Sport, CI Awards, and others]
• Project opportunities in leadership, mentoring, coaching, research, innovation, management and personal skills training (CPD) within areas of Equality, Diversity & Inclusion.
• Social media management
• Presentations & delivery of programmes (on and offline)

Essential Requirements
The graduate must:
• Have graduated with a Master’s or Primary Degree in the area of Sport or Physical Activity, including Outdoor Education in 2021 or 2022.
• Be currently unemployed i.e. not in current employment.
• Be available for the 11-month contract duration.
• Be eligible to work in Ireland on a full-time basis.
• Full Clean Drivers Licence
• Garda Vetting and Safeguarding will apply

Selection Criteria including qualifications, knowledge and experience, and skills and attributes



Level 2+ Instructorship or equivalent in any paddlesports discipline

Canoeing Ireland member & Garda vetted through CI

Full clean driving licence

Minimum L7 Degree in area of sport and physical activity.

First Aid L2+

Safeguarding Certificate

Social Media & Communications training.

Training Certificate(s) in disability training


Understand the Sport Ireland framework (LSP, NGB, Sport Ireland Departments)

Understand the Canoeing Ireland framework (board, committees, departments)

Knowledge of the sport and it’s various disciplines.

Skills and Attributes


Strong interpersonal skills including the ability to liaise with a range of personnel (such as volunteers, athletes, suppliers, sponsors, organisations) and build relationships

Comprehensive presentation, literacy, numeric, reporting and IT skills (Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Database)

Excellent initiative and organisational skills

Capable of working independently, and having responsibility as an individual

Honest, reliable and punctual

Strong English communication skills both verbal and in writing.

Passion for progressing EDI agendas through sport



Willingness to work unsocial hours (for certain events, evening meetings)

Willingness to travel to and between a number of different work locations.

Key Dates:
Application Deadline: 27th January ‘23
Interviews for shortlisted candidates: 7th/8th February ‘23
First meet and greet with other ASPIRE Graduates & Sport Ireland: 27th February ‘23
Employment start date: 14th March ‘23

Applications and any queries can be directed to Canoeing Ireland’s Diversity & Inclusion Manager, Emer Carton:, or CEO, Moira Aston:
Canoeing Ireland are an equal opportunities employer.