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Careers at Smarmore Castle


Help change lives

When it comes to job satisfaction, it doesn’t get much more rewarding than working at Smarmore Castle. Every day we see lives change right in front of our eyes – when people who have come in sick and broken, rid their bodies of drugs, regain their health and strength and hope for the future. We see families rebuilt and we receive heartfelt thank yous from our patients when they leave. All of this makes working here a truly rewarding experience. Working at Smarmore Castle you will not only be playing your part in saving somebody’s life, you will be part of an enthusiastic team and you will be appreciated and valued while you do it. 

If you are a talented professional who is passionate about helping people recover from alcoholism, drug abuse, gambling and other addictions, then join us! We are a multinational and multidisciplinary team and many of our staff come from Europe and countries outside the European Union.

An employer to be proud of

You will be working at a residential clinic that was recently successful in ISO accreditation and in the final stages of CHKS accreditation. We are committed to exemplary standards of clinical governance and quality improvement and Smarmore Castle is highly regarded by referrers across Europe, the UK and internationally. 

We are always looking to connect with people who align closely with our values and who demonstrate passion and leadership qualities. If you think that’s you and you are interested in a nursing career with Smarmore Castle, then please contact us today.

A place to belong

All our staff are warmly welcomed into the ‘Smarmore Castle Family’ and are given the opportunity to make the most of their skills and experience, and to invest in their continuous professional development to help our patients. Each and every person who works here plays a part in supporting the future growth and success of Smarmore Castle.

A workplace that takes care of you

A career at Smarmore Castle offers excellent career development and training opportunities. Perks of working at Smarmore Castle include free staff open gym/pool sessions, free lunches, free parking, and a chance to work in a stunning countryside location. 


We recognise the contribution you give to our service in the following ways:

  • A competitive salary
  • Up to 29 – 34 days annual leave
  • Staff training schemes
  • Free Garda check
  • Free parking
  • Free lunch
  • Free staff gym/pool use
  • Employee support scheme via Peninsula

*New recruit must pass the 6 month ‘probation’ period.

Join our team

If you want to become a part of our team, check the section below for current vacancies you can apply for.

We regularly update this page, however feel free to contact us to see if any other unadvertised jobs are available in our team.

Current vacancies

Staff Nurses

Full time: As required hours per week

Accountable to: The Medical Director / Clinic Manager

Reporting to: The Lead Nurse

Job Description

To be responsible for the assessment of the care needs of patients and the development, implementation, and evaluation of care plans under the direction of the Lead Nurse, thereby ensuring that a high standard of care is delivered.

Professional Requirements

  • Maintain current registration as a nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI).
  • Practice within the framework of the NMBI Code of Professional Practice.
  • Maintain Continual Professional Development (CPD) and satisfy the NMBI’s requirements.
  • Maintain confidentiality as set out in Smarmore Castle Private Clinic’s Confidentiality Procedure.

Key Responsibilities:

  1. Ensure that nursing care is delivered in accordance with Smarmore Castle Private Clinic’s policies and procedures.
  2. Be involved in the setting and maintaining of high standards of nursing care and maintain, review, and improve the quality of care.
  3. Ensure the safety of patients, staff, and visitors through compliance with Health and Safety requirements.
  4. Carry out risk assessments and prepare risk management plans in compliance with the hospital’s risk management procedures in collaboration with medical staff.
  5. Report accidents and incidents using the appropriate systems in a comprehensive and timely manner.
  6. Take charge of the nursing service on a regular basis in the absence of the Lead Nurse.
  7. Promote effective treatment of patients through the safe management and administration of medication including stock auditing and ordering, and the administration of medications being used for detoxification purposes.
  8. Monitor and observe patients who are undergoing detoxification and promptly report any concerns to the doctor.
  9. Supervise and direct support staff in accordance with the hospitals written policies and procedures.
  10. Ensure a high standard of communication at nursing shift handovers and ensure that comprehensive notes have been made in the clinical patient record.
  11. Carry out the nurse’s role in the admission of patients in compliance with the clinic’s admission procedure.
  12. Carry out the nurse’s role in discharge of patients in compliance with the clinic’s discharge procedures.
  13. Participate in and contribute to meetings of the multidisciplinary team.
  14. Ensure, in relation to the clinic’s confidentiality procedure, that all patient identifiable information is stored securely and cannot be viewed by third parties.
  15. Ensure that the conduct of staff is always of a high professional standard and report to the Lead Nurse if there are any concerns.
  16. Ensure that the care delivered is of a high standard and appropriate to the needs of the patients.
  17. Participate in the clinic’s supervision arrangements.
  18. Participate in CPD.
  19. Participate in the induction of new staff.
  20. Take on and report on specified lead roles as required e.g. medicines, IPC, Audit
  21. Undertake such other duties as may be deemed necessary from time to time and directed by the Medical Director/Clinic Manager or Lead Nurse.

Person Specification: Staff Nurse

Essential Criteria                                                                                

  1. Registered Nurse: RGN/RPN/RN
  2. Previous working experience within a similar position
  3. Good interpersonal skills
  4. Ability to maintain boundaries
  5. Experience of working with substance abuse                        
  6. Flexible concerning working shift patterns
  7. Flexible and used to working on own initiative
  8. Strong team skills
  9. To be person centred
  10. Ability to take responsibility for adopting best practice in the implementation of individual care plans
  11. Commitment to equal opportunities
  12. Ability and willingness to undergo further appropriate training
  13. Good oral/written communication skills
  14. Solid administrative skills
  15. Awareness of current Health and Safety requirements
  16. Demonstrate commitment to the values of the company

Preferred Criteria

  1. Clean driving license
  2. Good computer skills
  3. Educated to Degree level

How to Apply

Please send us your CV and a covering letter to Please explain how you meet the criteria for this role – based on your experience skills and knowledge. Please also take time to explain why you are interested in the role and Smarmore Castle.

We would be grateful if you could include the following information:

  • Current salary / remuneration package.
  • Current notice period.
  • Details of two referees (please note that the referees will not be contacted until the offer stage, and not without prior consent).

Therapist (Full-time)

Salary: €42,000

We are seeking enthusiastic Addiction Therapists to join our therapy team at Smarmore Castle.

Smarmore Castle is a unique place to work where you will have the support of a strong team and opportunities for professional development. You will operate within a multidisciplinary team of therapists, doctors and nurses.

A degree (Min. level 8) in counselling, psychotherapy or psychology is required, as is training or experience of 12 step facilitation or CBT.

Ideally, successful candidates will have training and experience in either trauma focused therapy or eating disorders. Successful candidates are required to be accredited by the Addiction Counsellors of Ireland (or equivalent) or consideration will be given to candidates working towards accreditation.

Duties and responsibilities will normally include individual, group and family therapy for patients with alcohol and drug dependence. Successful candidates will also be expected to act as case managers for up to 6 patients – working to co-ordinate all aspects of care for each patient, including developing individualised treatment plans and follow-up with referral sources.

Further training opportunities are provided.

Informal enquiries and visits are welcomed.

Smarmore Castle is a centre of excellence for the treatment of addictive diseases, located in the Co. Louth within a 45 minute commute to Dublin. Established since 2015 we treat up to 22 patients with the 12 Step model of addiction treatment. We also have clinics and networks in Scotland, the Netherlands and Sweden.

To apply, download an application form and send with your CV and cover letter to:

Fiona Shekleton, Office Administrator, Smarmore Castle, Smarmore, Ardee, Co. Louth, A92 YY22, Ireland. Tel: +353 (0)41 214 5111 and 


We recognise the contribution you give to us in the following ways:

  • Free on-site parking
  • Free lunch
  • Sick pay
  • Garda Vetting cost coverage
  • Ongoing training support
  • Pension plan after 3 months’ employment

Health Care Assistants

Smarmore Castle is hiring Health Care Assistants for Full and Part-time roles to cover 24-hour care cover and support to the medical team. Flexibility is a key word in our expectations and values.

Health Care Assistants play a valuable role and are critical in the provision of health care for those with addiction and dual diagnosis issues, providing assistance, support and direct care to patients in the clinic supporting patients to recovery.

Do you have these qualities?

  • Friendly and cheerful disposition
  • Kind and caring manner
  • An open mind
  • Sensitivity
  • Good communication
  • Empathy
  • The desire to work with people with addictions and from all backgrounds
  • Reliability
  • A good sense of humour
  • Willingness to be part of a team

If you have all or any of the above, we would like to hear from you.
Please contact the Lead Nurse at Smarmore Castle on 041 9865080 for further information

Reference: HCA

Job Type: Part-time

Salary: €12.55 per hour


  • Flexible schedule


  • QQI Level 5 in Healthcare Support (preferred) or to demonstrate working towards qualification.

To apply, download an application form and send with your CV and cover letter to:

Fiona Shekleton, Office Administrator, Smarmore Castle, Smarmore, Ardee, Co. Louth, A92 YY22, Ireland. Tel: +353 (0)41 214 5111 and 

Housekeeping Assistant

Responsible for delivering an excellent standard of housekeeping and working with other members of the housekeeping team and patients in a busy residential clinic. This is very much a hands-on role which will require a minimum of administration with and expectation of routine cleaning and sanitising of bedrooms, changing towels, cleaning showers, baths and toilets and cleaning and sanitising communal areas, public rooms and corridors.


  • Full-time – 40 hours per week
  • Part-time – 20 hours per week
  • Roster system in place – 8.00am-5.00pm Monday to Saturday
  • Flexibility required
  • Salary: €11.50 per hour

Holiday Entitlement:

20 statutory days with 9 public holidays totalling 29 days annually (pro-rata for part-time employees).

Duties include:

  • Supervising patient involvement with domestic duties.
  • General cleaning of all public areas.
  • Cleaning of all rooms including patients’ bedrooms, toilets and shower units.
  • Laundry: in-house and arranging for external dry cleaning.
  • Any other work involved within the range of the housekeeping department.

Due to the location of Smarmore Castle Private Clinic, it is essential for candidates to have their own transport. 


  • Promote and ensure high standard of hygiene and infection prevention control throughout the establishment in line with legislation and company standards.
  • Implementation and ongoing management of cleaning schedules.
  • Meet with line manager daily for ten minutes to take direction.
  • Liaise with senior nurse in charge and Admissions regarding room changes for patients.
  • Bring to the attention of your line manager any areas that require attention i.e., any internal or external windows, skylights, porches, footpaths etc.

Personal Specification:

The qualities and skills we look for:

  • Excellent organisational capacity.
  • Enthusiasm and energy.
  • Good communications skills.
  • Ability to make decisions and prioritise workload.
  • Flexible with a strong ‘can-do’ attitude to meet the needs of the service.
  • Appropriate standard of numeracy, literacy and computer skills.
  • Good interpersonal skills (our patients expect our staff to be caring, respectful, friendly, supportive, understanding, and compassionate).
  • Ability to attend work punctually and reliably.
  • Ability to produce and manage schedules to ensure consistent high standards of Housekeeping.
  • Experience of using equipment in situations where care is needed to prevent harm to others.
  • Aware of need to preserve the dignity of every individual and accept the need for total confidentiality.

To apply, download an application form and send with your CV and cover letter to:

Fiona Shekleton, Office Administrator, Smarmore Castle, Smarmore, Ardee, Co. Louth, A92 YY22, Ireland. Tel: +353 (0)41 214 5111 and 

About Smarmore Castle and our International Network

Smarmore Castle family-owned and family-run by the McCann family who are based in Scotland and have roots in Ireland. Smarmore Castle is the sister-clinic of Castle Craig, Scotland, which was founded in 1988 as Scotland’s first rehab clinic and has a world-renowned reputation in the treatment for people suffering from addictions.

Smarmore Castle is located near Ardee in Co Louth which is commuting distance from Dublin. We offer inpatient detox from drugs and alcohol and an intensive 12 Step therapy and dual diagnosis programme. We have capacity for 22 patients. 

The Castle Craig Group is made up of Smarmore Castle; Castle Craig in Scotland, Castle Craig Nederlands, and Stockholms beroendeklinik in Sweden.

Want to make a difference?

If you are searching for a role where you can help change lives and watch people begin the road to recovery, and join an inspirational team, then Smarmore Castle is the right place for you.

Look at the section below to see if any current vacancies apply to you or send a speculative CV to us. Also follow us on Linked In where we post our latest vacancies. 

Last updated & clinically assessed 15 February, 2022