Contract Technologist -Timoleague Catchments Area

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Location:
Cork
Posted:
July 18, 2018
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Technologist
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Description

Description:

Contract Technologist -Timoleague Catchments Area

(Ref: CT/TCA/0718)

(Externally Funded Non Grant-in-Aid)

 

Post Type:   

Temporary Externally Funded Non Grant-in-Aid contract post, the indicative duration of which is 15 months, subject to contract. A panel may be formed from which future similar vacancies may be filled; such a panel will remain active for a maximum period of 12 months.

Title of Project:

Agricultural Catchments Programme.

Location:    

Timoleague Catchments Area, Clonakilty, Co. Cork

Reporting to:

Programme Manager – Agricultural Catchments Programme and/or other nominated manager as maybe identified from time to time.

Grade/Salary:

Technologist Grade 1, with a starting salary of €33,056 per annum.  The current salary scale is €33,056 to €64,337.

Remuneration may be adjusted from time to time in line with Government Policy.

Basic Function: 

The facilitation of the Agricultural Catchment Programme through:

  • Collection of environmental, economic and production data required by the programme team.
  • Development and promotion of the programme among farmers and other stakeholders.
  • Delivery of an intensive advisory service to participating farmers.
  • Maintenance of equipment and facilities in the catchments.
  • Dissemination of information generated by the programme.

Background: 

The Agricultural Catchments Programme is a national project of excellence based on a stakeholder partnership which generates knowledge to underpin profitable farm production in a clean environment.

The objectives of the Agricultural Catchments Programme are:

  • To generate the knowledge to ascertain the efficacy and cost effectiveness of the Nitrates Action Programme (NAP) measures and the derogation in terms of water quality and farm practices.
  • To provide a basis for a scientific review of NAP measures with a view to adopting modifications where necessary.
  • To achieve a greater understanding of the factors that determines farmer’s understanding and implementation of the NAP.
  • To disseminate this knowledge to a wide audience including farmers and other stakeholders.

To achieve these objectives an integrated research and advisory team works with farmers in six catchments in conjunction with Teagasc’s Research and Knowledge Transfer Directorates.  This programme is managed by the Agricultural Catchments Programme Manager supported by the Principal Scientist who leads the scientific team within the group.  Close liaison is maintained with farmers and farming organisations at local and national level.  The first two four-year phases of the Programme ran from 2008 to the end of 2015.  Phase 3 of the programme runs from the beginning of 2016 to the end of 2019.

The programme provides:

  • Planning and technical support for catchment farmers to underpin profitable farming systems.
  • Baseline and monitoring datasets for farm production, nutrient and farm management practices, nutrient transformations and transfers to water and their impact on its quality. These are used to contribute to the national monitoring requirements of both the Nitrates and Water Framework Directives.
  • A transparent scientific and economic assessment of the effectiveness of the Good Agricultural Practice measures in S.I. No. 65 of 2018 required by the Nitrates Action Programme.
  • An assessment of socio-economic and behavioural factors affecting the implementation of the measures.
  • A platform for technology transfer, education and promotion which will use the output from the programme in the formulation of advisory and technology transfer initiatives.

This post will service the Timoleague catchment and be based in Clonakility.  The dominant farming system in this catchment is Dairying.

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Deliver the programme objectives through teamwork as part of an integrated research and advisory team.
  • Promote and foster the development of the programme in the catchments with farmers and other stakeholders.
  • Use a range of effective advisory methodologies to achieve technology transfer and sustainable development of clients’ farms.
  • Assist participating farmers in the analysis and planning of their farm business and in implementing the Good Agricultural Practice measures.
  • Monitor environmental, production and financial performance for participating farmers and help them develop and implement management plans for their farms.
  • Maintain monitoring and recording equipment and facilities in good condition.
  • Record (using notebooks, data-loggers, computers, etc.) chemical, physical, financial and attitudinal data.
  • Collect, process and analyse as appropriate samples of soil, water, manure, plants and other materials as required by the programme protocols.
  • Maintain excellent records, input data into spreadsheets etc. and contribute to compilation, analysis and presentation of data/results.
  • Develop materials that will facilitate the delivery of the programme.
  • Develop and maintain co-operation and good working relations with Teagasc staff and management locally and nationally.
  • Organise and conduct dissemination activities including open days, farm walks, stakeholder meetings, etc.
  • Assist in the development and delivery of the programme business plan.
  • Assist management and administrative staff in achieving good governance and risk management through co-operation and adherence to administrative procedures and practices.
  • Assist Teagasc in meeting the commitments of the Quality Customer Service charter and action plan.
  • Actively participate in the annual business planning and Performance Management Development System (PMDS) processes.
  • Fully co-operate with the provisions made for ensuring the health, safety and welfare of themselves, fellow staff and non-Teagasc staff and co-operate with management in enabling Teagasc to comply with legal obligations. This includes full compliance with the responsibilities outlined in the Safety Statement.
  • Any other duties as may be assigned from time to time.

* This job specification is intended as a guide to the general range of duties and is intended to be neither definitive nor restrictive.  It will be reviewed from time to time with the post holder.

Person Specification

Qualifications     

Essential:

  • Candidates must have an honours Level 8 degree in Agricultural Science or a related discipline.

Desirable:

  • A postgraduate degree and/or research experience in environmental or financial management would be a distinct advantage.

Skills

Essential:

  • Good technical/field skills.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Good IT skills.
  • Ability to plan, organise and schedule work effectively.

Desirable:

  • Competent in using computer applications.
  • Financial aptitude and ability to evaluate accounts and impact of changing costs on the farm business.
  • Knowledge of environmental analysis techniques.

Knowledge

Essential:

  • Applicants must show expert agriculture knowledge and demonstrate how they stay abreast of current best practices and research.
  • He/she must be able to identify and shape the best practical applications of this knowledge in order to enhance the capabilities of farms & other enterprises.
  • He/she must act as an effective conduit to the latest thinking and methods that may give farmers a competitive edge or sustain their viability.

Desirable:

  • Good knowledge of rural development issues and opportunities.
  • Knowledge of laboratory and field equipment operation.

Behavioural Competencies

  • Ability to work as part of a team, including consulting, collaborating and building relationships with a wide range of colleagues, clients and stakeholders.
  • Strives for high quality of work and demonstrates commitment to the programme.
  • Ability to communicate effectively to enable knowledge and technology transfer.
  • Advocates new ideas and develops the capabilities of clients through the most appropriate extension methods.Is a self-starter who can work on own initiative.
  • Ability to prioritise tasks and to meet self-imposed milestones and deliverables without compromising quality.
  • Technically minded and meticulous in applying experimental protocols.
  • Adopts a flexible approach to work and can assume a leadership role.
  • Interested in self-development and acquiring new skills and knowledge.Is innovative in their approach to work, in programme delivery and in problem solving.

Other

  • Candidates must satisfy and continue to satisfy during employment with Teagasc, legal requirements to drive unaccompanied on Irish public roads.
  • Willingness to work during inclement weather on field work campaigns.

Note:  The ‘essential’ qualifications, knowledge, skills and behavioural competencies outlined above are ‘must-have’ which will be used in the selection process.

How to Apply

Please do not use the 'Apply for this job' option.  Note that CV's are not accepted for this position, instead please complete an application form as per instructions below.

An application form for this position can be accessed on the Teagasc Website at www.teagasc.ie/careers

Completed application forms should be TYPED, saved in PDF format and submitted by email to [email protected] no later than 12 noon on Thursday 9th August 2018. Applications received after this time will not be considered.

Please state relevant reference code in all correspondence.

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