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Agricultural Inspector

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At a Glance... header image

Works for government agencies to ensure that traders, farmers and agribusinesses comply with all relevant laws and regulations.


The Work header image

Assistant Agricultural Inspectors work in a variety of positions throughout the Department, and may be assigned to positions in locations in Dublin or locations around Ireland. The work may involve:

  • inspections of farms/premises
  • administration of technical schemes and services
  • field research
  • laboratory analysis
  • examinations of developments in trade, industry, on a national and international level
  • and the supervision, training and control of field staff

It may also involve representation of the Department at EU and International fora.  
 
Depending on the assignment, the Assistant Agricultural Inspector may be office based, laboratory based, field based, or a combination of office and field locations. The assignment may require the person to travel to farms, meetings, seminars, conferences etc in the assigned county, nationally or internationally.

 


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Inspect food products and processing procedures to determine whether products are safe to eat.

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Interpret and enforce government acts and regulations and explain required standards to agricultural workers.

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Set standards for the production of meat or poultry products or for food ingredients, additives, or compounds used to prepare or package products.

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Inspect agricultural commodities or related operations, as well as fish or logging operations, for compliance with laws and regulations governing health, quality, and safety.

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Label and seal graded products and issue official grading certificates.

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Monitor the operations and sanitary conditions of slaughtering or meat processing plants.

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Take emergency actions, such as closing production facilities, if product safety is compromised.

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Verify that transportation and handling procedures meet regulatory requirements.

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Inspect the cleanliness and practices of establishment employees.

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Examine, weigh, and measure commodities, such as poultry, eggs, meat, or seafood to certify qualities, grades, and weights.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships:  Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates:  Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

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Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events:  Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.

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Getting Information:  Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work:  Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge:  Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards:  Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

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Training and Teaching Others:  Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems:  Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

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Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others:  Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Customer and Personal Service:  Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

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Administration and Management:  Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

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Law and Government:  Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.

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Clerical:  Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.

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Public Safety and Security:  Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.


Skillsheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Monitoring:   Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Reading Comprehension:   Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Speaking:   Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Quality Control Analysis:   Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

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Writing:   Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

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Active Listening:   Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Operation Monitoring:   Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

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Active Learning:   Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

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Judgment and Decision Making:   Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

The effective Assistant Agricultural Inspector should be able to demonstrate a proven ability for interpersonal effectiveness, both written and oral communications skills, organisational and leadership skills. They should also be able to influence others, take responsibility for tasks, manage change and show motivation for applying for the position.  
 
For some positions the ability to drive is essential.


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Contactsheader image

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Organisation: Teagasc - Irish Agriculture and Food Development Authority
  Address: Head Office, Oak Park, Carlow
  Tel: (059) 917 0200
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Organisation: Public Appointments Service
  Address: Chapter House, 26/30 Abbey Street Upper, Dublin 1
  Tel: (01) 858 7400 or Locall: 1890 44 9999
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Organisation: Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine
  Address: Agriculture House, Kildare Street, Dublin 2
  Tel: (01) 607 2000 Lo Call 1890 200 510
  Email: Click here
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