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.
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Information about Recruit Prison Officer role

Current Recruitment:

A recruitment campaign for Recruit Prison Officers is now underway – all interested candidates can apply here

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

Psychologist Grade II in the Irish Prison Service:

The Irish Prison Service are currently recruiting for Psychologist Grade II. Full details can be found at the following link to Public Jobs website. Please note the closing date for this competition is 15 December 2016

Psychologist Grade II recruitment

The Irish Prison Service (IPS) Psychology Service forms part of the Care andRehabilitation Directorate within the IPS, which also includes Healthcare,Psychiatry, Addiction Services, Education, Work and Training, Employment,Chaplaincy and Resettlement Services. The prison population is a communitywithin our broader community, and therefore the IPS Psychology Serviceprovides a range of primary, secondary and tertiary care psychological servicesin adherence with the principle of equivalence of care. Psychologists appointedto posts in the Irish Prison Service will have an opportunity to work with clientswho are experiencing a wide range of emotional, mental health and otheroffence related difficulties.Working as part of a multidisciplinary team within the 14 penal establishmentsacross the country, the Psychologist Grade II will carry out appropriate psychological assessments with their client group, formulating and implementing psychological therapeutic intervention as appropriate

Previous Recruitment Competitions (Competitions Closed).

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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