Current Vacancies

Interested in working in an organisation committed to making a real difference in the lives of Young People in Kerry?  KDYS currently has a number of great opportunities that you may be interested in!

We are a leading youth work organisation in South West Ireland, working with and giving a voice to young people across the diocese. Our Staff Team is committed to the core values of the organisation

  • Young people are at the heart of everything we do
  • Concern for every young person’s development – personal, social, educational and spiritual,
  • A strong commitment to partnership with young people and communities, volunteers, and
  • Upholding the highest quality standards of integrity and professionalism.

We work in active partnership with local, regional, national and international bodies to achieve the best possible outcomes for all young people, and their families and communities.

We invite applications (by application form only) for the following posts:

 KDYS Action Researcher

(KEY Pilot Project – Preventative Work with 8-11 year olds and their families)

 Would you like to work on a project contributing directly to the development of Ireland’s future youth justice policy?

This new post within KDYS is concerned with documenting innovative practice, capturing evidence of inputs, outputs and outcomes to demonstrate the value and impact of a crime prevention response to young people aged 8-11 years and their families. The learning from the action research will build the case to support the potential expansion of the work with this cohort within KDYS and across Ireland.

Working in a collaborative manner with KDYS staff involved in the KEY Service, Partner organisations and with academic oversight from UL, this post is a dynamic opportunity for someone to focus on action research and further develop their skills and capacities in this area.

Applicants should have relevant professional qualification in youth work, community work, family support, social care or other relevant discipline and demonstrable experience of working on and delivering research projects, preferably within a relevant sector.


 A panel may be formed from which future vacancies may be filled.

Job Description and Application Form, available to download  from KDYS Action Researcher JD  and Application Form – Action Researcher

or by request to:

Please submit completed Application Form on or before:

5pm, Monday 27th May 2019

 Shortlisting will apply.  Interviews to take place week beginning 4th June

Please read this document before completing your application form: Your Application & Our Recruitment Process

Community Employment Opportunities

We currently have a number of opportunities available within the Community Employment scheme across Kerry in the areas of:

Administration, Youth Work, Maintenance, Truck Driver (Category C Licence with CPC)

KDYS sponsors the Community Employment Scheme under the aegis of the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection.

The Community Employment (CE) programme is designed to help people who are long-term unemployed and other disadvantaged people to get back to work by offering part-time work within local communities. Participants can take up other part-time work during their placement. The KDYS scheme provides access to quality paid work experience and accredited training. Applicants must meet CE eligibility requirements.

Interested? For more information on any of these posts contact our HR department today at or 064 6631748.


KDYS is an equal opportunities employer.

KDYS is a Health Promoting Youth Organisation

KDYS complies with the Governance Code for Community, Voluntary and Charity Organisations in Ireland




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