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 post(s):

KDYS Youth Justice Worker

 About KDYS Youth Justice Work

KDYS has a long history of developing innovative responses to the needs of young people that enhance their lives, their families and the wider community. In partnership with the Kerry Gardaí, the service response is based on clear evidence of need informed by Garda crime statistics. The net result is that young people who are most in need of a service will get that service.  In 2019, the KDYS further developed the KEY Service to extend to a limited delivery to children aged 8-11 years old.  Over the last 12 months the KEY Service have engaged in a co-design phase of an Action Research pilot to determine the most suitable response to engage with this younger age group.

 Job Summary

Work with children, young people, their families, agencies and the community in the Kerry Division to develop and deliver suitable interventions and supports to young people in the area as per the funding criteria. The project is funded by the Department of Justice and Equality and the European Social Fund.

Applicants should have relevant professional qualification in youth work, community work, family support, social care childcare, education or other relevant discipline and demonstrable experience of devising, implementing and evaluating programmes/ interventions/responses for ‘at risk’ youth.


Shortlisting will apply.


Job Description and Application Form, available to download  from  KDYS Youth Justice Worker Job Description and Application Form – Youth Justice Worker or by request to:

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

Please submit completed Application Form on or before:

Extended Closing Date:

5 pm, Monday 23rd March 2020

5 pm, Friday, 17th April 2020

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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