Foster Environmental has a short term job opportunity in Galway

Role: Environmental / Bioeconomy Researcher


About Foster Environmental

Foster Environmental Ltd is an independent consultancy providing specialised technical services in the waste, composting, anaerobic digestion and bioeconomy sectors in Ireland and abroad.


About the Role

We are looking for a Environmental / Bioeconomy Researcher to join our small team to help work on an EPA funded research project on food waste from apartments.


The role is mainly to work on an EPA funded research project which will involve optimised food waste collections from apartments. The project will involve liaising with tenants in apartments, monitoring trials and in the assistance of conducting waste characterisation studies (food waste bin). Other responsibilities that may be assigned will involve conducting desk top research.


The position will be remote based in the Republic of Ireland in Galway. We do have an office based in Barna Waste, Carrowbrowne and the candidate is required to work at least one day a week from there.


Because the pilot work in apartments will be conducted in Galway City there will be a few intense 8 weeks setting up the trials, it is essential the individual leaves close to Galway City to help monitor the trials.



At Foster Environmental, we believe in sharing knowledge. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to learn and will be provided with training about composting, anaerobic digestion and bioeconomy sector in Ireland.

  • This will include visits to compost and biogas sites.
  • Joint name on EPA funded research report.
  • Joint name on peer reviewed academic paper.



  • Liaising with waste collectors, tenants and property agents during the trial.
  • Conducting waste characterisation studies before and after trials
  • Editing, formatting and preparing reports
  • Ability to complete tasks remotely, while maintaining transparency and open communications with the small team
  • Any other responsibilities that may arise



  • Self-motivated, highly organised individual with ability to be flexible, manage multiple tasks and meet multiple deadlines.
  • Excellent communications skills
  • Excellent organisational skills, including file management and storage
  • Report writing skills
  • Knowledge of bioeconomy area in Ireland / recycling
  • Experience of Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint
  • Professional attitude to work
  • Language requirement: fluent in English
  • Full driving licence with own car
  • Willingness to work in the evenings / Saturday when setting up the trials in Galway.


Desirable skills

  • Degree in science / environmental science or similar
  • Experience in working remotely
  • Experience in liaison with external stakeholders
  • Experience of working in a practical role



Duration: Approximately 18 weeks full time.


Salary: €700/week


Closing Date for Applications: 19 February 2024


Start Date: Agreed date with successful candidate in March 2024


The Application Process

Application in the form of a CV and covering letter illustrating how your skills and experience meet the requirements of the position should be emailed to Percy Foster – The covering letter should be a maximum of 1 page. The closing date for applications is 5pm on 19th February. Based on the information contained in the CV and cover letter, the interview committee will select candidates for interview. Shortlisting and interview decisions will be based on the committee’s assessment of candidates’ qualifications, experience and skills in the area’s highlighted above. All interviews will be held in person. References will be sought for candidates who come under serious consideration for the post with the prior agreement of candidates.


Successful candidates will be required to complete a number of clearance processes such as Health Declaration or Medical and any other relevant checks required for the particular role. As the candidate will be conducting waste characterisation studies vaccination for tetanus and hepatitis will be required.



Percy Foster

M.Sc. B.Sc (Hons)

Managing Director


Foster Environmental Limited

Copper Beech House, 66 Delmere,

Enfield, Co. Meath, A83 YK12, Ireland

T: 00353 (0)86 8129260