In Summary - Agricultural Officer
Carries out various functions related to services and schemes operated by the Department of Agriculture in addition to operating controls relating to animal welfare, public health, animal health and EU payment schemes.
Agricultural Officers typically work in the following Career Sectors:
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The Work - Agricultural Officer
Technical Agricultural Officers are employed by the Department to carry out various functions related to services and schemes operated by the Department in addition to operating controls relating to animal welfare, public health, animal health and EU payment schemes.
Technical Agricultural Officers must have a good knowledge and understanding of these services, schemes, programmes and controls and are required to ensure that these are conducted correctly.
The following are some duties associated with the role of a Technical Agricultural Officer:
- Interacting with the public/customers on schemes and services;
- Supervision and/or monitoring of activities of food business operators and a range of meat plants and ensuring compliance with all regulations;
- Various on farm controls and business premises checks required under national and EU legislation;
- Dealing with animal welfare, public health and animal health (including disease control) in line with legislative requirements; and
- A range of other duties e.g. crop evaluation and certification, poultry & eggs and pesticide control.
Technical Agricultural Officers may be required to work in industrial conditions such as meat plants. Technical Agricultural Officers in other work areas may carry out both office and outdoor duties. Outdoor duties may include farm inspections under the various EU Schemes.
Technical Agricultural Officers may be assigned work in more than one work area of the Department, depending on seasonal and geographical demands. Officers may also be required to transfer to other locations and work areas on a temporary basis. In-service training will be provided in the various work areas.
Interests - Agricultural Officer
This occupation is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests:
Administrative people are interested in work that offers security and a sense of being part of a larger process. They may be at their most productive under supervisors who give clear guidelines and while performing routine tasks in a methodical and reliable way.
They tend to enjoy clerical and most forms of office work, where they perform essential administrative duties. They often form the backbone of large and small organisations alike. They may enjoy being in charge of office filing systems, and using computers and other office equipment to keep things running smoothly. They usually like routine work hours and prefer comfortable indoor workplaces.
Not surprisingly, some aspect of the natural sciences will run through the Naturalist's interests - from ecological awareness to nutrition and health. People with an interest in horticulture, land usage and farming (including fish) are Naturalists.
Some Naturalists focus on animals rather than plants, and may enjoy working with, training, caring for, or simply herding them. Other Naturalists will prefer working with the end result of nature's produce - the food produced from plants and animals. Naturalists like solving problems with solutions that show some sensitivity to the environmental impact of what they do. They like to see practical results and prefer action to talking and discussing.
Special personal attributes required for performance on the job
- The ability to work under pressure and to meet deadlines;
- The ability to work as part of a multidisciplinary team;
- The ability to take responsibility for assigned tasks;
- Good verbal and written communication skills;
- Good IT skills.
- Knowledge of Irish agriculture and agri-industry;
- Knowledge of regulatory/control systems;
- Knowledge of public health and food safety;
- Possess a current full clean driving licence (Category B) and/or access to a car.
Entry Requirements - Agricultural Officer
Posts in the grade of Agricultural Officer are filled by means of an open competition organised by the Public Appointment Service. These are advertised every two-an-half years to three years and a two year panel is normally formed. These competitions are announced in the daily press when recruitment is necessary. This is not an annual competition. The competition consists of a written examination and an interview.
Agricultural Officers, on taking up duty, which can be in any location in the country, are given induction training and an overall picture of the work of the Department. They are then assigned to work duties with an experienced officer until they become conversant with and proficient in their duties. They are kept abreast of new developments during their career by in-service training courses, and other general courses are provided as required.
Essential Candidates must,
- Have obtained in the Leaving Certificate Examination a minimum of grade O6 (Pass level) in 5 subjects to include Mathematics and English and
- Hold an advanced certificate in Agriculture or Horticulture at level 6 on the National Framework of Qualifications, or
- Hold a qualification in Agriculture or Horticulture at level 7 or higher on the National Framework of Qualifications
Last Updated: March, 2019
Pay & Salary - Agricultural Officer
Salary Range (thousands per year)* 22k - 44k
Public Appointments Service
Last Updated: August, 2017
* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
Labour Market Updates - Agricultural Officer
Useful Contacts - Agricultural Officer
Teagasc - Irish Agriculture and Food Development Authority
Public Appointments Service
Gurteen Agricultural and Equine College