Generally, the Irish Prison Service works with the Public Appointments Service to recruit staff to the Service. Employment opportunities will be advertised on this website and on the Public Appointments Service website:

The Irish Prison Service offers career opportunities that are challenging and demanding yet rewarding. The following information is provided to assist you in determining if the role of a Recruit Prison Officer is suitable for you. Thank you for taking the time to read it.
Some of the questions you may have about us…….

Information about Recruit Prison Officer role

Information about the Physical Competency Test

Current Recruitment:

Assistant Psychologist in the Irish Prison Service

The Irish Prison Service wishes to recruit a number of Assistant Psychologists on a fixed term, non-renewable contract of 12 months’ duration. Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates who wish to be considered for the posts. The Assistant Psychologists posts will be across the prison estate.

The IPS’s Psychology Service provides evidence informed mental health and offence focused work with people in custody. Please note that the deadline for applications is Friday 24th March 2017 at 3pm.

Click on the links below for the information booklet and application form:


Information Booklet

Application Form



The Irish Prison Service expects to appoint up to 120 Recruit Prison Officers per year over the next 3 years with the first recruits entering the Irish Prison Service College in early 2017. Recruit Prison Officer is the entry level to the Service and following the completion of 3 years’ service and the Higher Certificate in Custodial Care (HCCC) the new Recruit Prison Officer will be appointed as an Established Prison Officer.

Please note this recruitment campaign is now closed for new applications


Previous Recruitment Competitions (Competitions Closed).

Open Competition for Psychologist Grade II in the Irish Prison Service (Competition closed 15 December 2016)
Open Competition for Recruit Prison Officer (Competition closed 28 July 2016)
Open Competition for Prison Nurse in the Irish Prison Service (Competition closed 23 July 2015)
Open Competition for Prison Chaplain in the Irish Prison Service (Competition closed 11 June 2015)
Open Competition for Psychologist Grade II in the Irish Prison Service (Competition closed 25th September 2014)
Campus Governor Mountjoy Campus
Open Cometition for the position of Head of Irish Prison Service College (Governor III) – (Competition Closed 28 November 2013)
Prison Administrative and Support Officer (PASO) Grade 1
Prison Administrative and Support Officer (PASO) Grade 2
Prison Administration and Support Officer Grade 3 (PASO3)
Employee and Industrial Relations Officer
Head of Psychology at the Irish Prison Service


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