Job offer in Ireland Contract Technician x 2 at The Agriculture and Food Development Authority

The Agriculture and Food Development Authority – Teagasc

Location: Teagasc, Crop Science Dept., Oak Park, Carlow, Co. Carlow.        

Grade/Salary: Technician, with a starting salary of €27,220 per annum. The current salary scale is €27,220 to €37,373. Starting pay will be at the minimum of the scale per Government Circular E100/8/82.  Exceptional circumstances may apply for candidates with current or previous service in the public sector (including Teagasc). Remuneration may be adjusted from time to time in line with Government Policy.

Post Type: Two temporary Funded Contract posts, the indicative duration of which is 48 months and 42 months respectively, subject to contract.

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

Basic Function: The primary function of both posts is to provide technical support in the large scale field research programme associated with the OPTI- BC research project. The research involves a detailed survey of break crop (beans and oilseed rape) performance on growers’ fields and, separately, detailed field trials focused on crop establishment and crop management. The technical work on the survey will involve: location of suitable farms/sites; recording grower management practice; monitoring crop growth and development by measuring crop establishment, green/leaf area development, light interception, biomass and final yield and yield components.  The more detailed field trials will involve setting out replicated field trials for both crop establishment (beans) and crop management (oilseed rape) studies.  Detailed crop measurements will be taken during the growing season. 

Suitable candidates will be expected to have a background in crop production and ideally to have experience of field experimentation and crop measurement/assessment. Familiarity with data recording and preliminary sorting and analysis would also be required.

Person Specification

Note: The ‘Essential’ qualifications, skills and knowledge outlined below are ‘must-have’ which will be used in the shortlisting process.

Essential Qualifications

  • Candidates must have a Level 6 qualification in Agriculture or related discipline.

Desirable Qualifications

  • A Level 7 or 8 qualification in agriculture or related disciplines would be a distinct advantage

How to Apply: A detailed job description and application form for this position can be accessed on the Teagasc Website at

Completed application forms should be TYPED and saved in PDF format and submitted by email to no later than 12 midnight on Thursday 23rd March 2017.

Please state relevant reference code in all correspondence. 

Teagasc is an equal opportunities employer.  Canvassing will disqualify.  The details contained above are subject to change without notice.

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