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Catherina Cunnane
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Catherina Cunnane hails from a sixth-generation drystock and specialised pedigree suckler enterprise in Co. Mayo. She currently holds the positions of editor and general manager at That's Farming, having joined the firm during its start-up phase in 2015.
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DAFM hiring assistant ag inspector with starting salary of €35k

The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine is seeking applications for appointment to the role of assistant agricultural inspector food science.

The position, may involve outdoor off-site work, and will be in one of its labs or offices throughout the country.

Depending on the work assigned and working as part of a team, one or a combination of the following tasks may be allocated to the successful candidate, the DAFM states in the job listing:

  • Contribute to the development and implementation of food safety control programmes and systems. This can involve carrying out audits and inspections;
  • Ensure the effective operation of market support schemes;
  • Bring scientific expertise and other knowledge to bear on policy evaluation and analysis in the agri-food sector;
  • Certification of agri-food products for export to third countries;
  • Participate in negotiations and meetings which pertain to the development and implementation of EU legislation relating to the agri-food sectors;
  • Monitor and assess developments in trade and industry and advise on factors influencing trade in the agri-food sector;
  • Supervision, training and management of staff;
  • Development, validation and implementation of analytical methods for food products;
  • Liaison with internal and external stakeholders and provision of expert opinion/scientific advice;
  • Represent the DAFM at national and international fora;
  • Provide oversight on the implementation and maintenance of laboratory quality assurance programmes in accordance with the requirements of ISO 17025.
Educational requirements:

Candidates must, on or before October 27th, 2022:

  • Hold a primary degree qualification at level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) in food or dairy science or other bioscience degree with a minimum 2.2 honours result (i.e. Grade Point Average equivalent to or greater than 2.48 out of 4.20 in their level 8 degree);
  • The primary food/dairy science or other bioscience degree must have food microbiology and/or food chemistry and/or food technology as a major component of the degree that is acceptable to the DAFM.


  • Postgraduate qualifications and/or work experience in production and quality control in the food processing sector or in food testing laboratories;
  • Have a “strong” awareness of current scientific and other challenges facing the Irish agri-food sectors;
  • Excellent communication skills (listening, written and verbal);
  • Ability to work “effectively” in a team;
  • Capacity to operate in wide and sometimes varied professional scientific capacities;
  • Commitment to continuous professional development;
  • A “strong” work ethic and ability to prioritise many tasks and deliver in a “timely” manner.


The salary scale for this position, with effect from Feb 1st, 2022, is as follows:

Personal Pension Contribution (PPC) Pay Rate:

€35,502, 38,336, 39,272, 42,421, 45,573, 48,725, 50,670, 52,629, 54,598, 56,561,58,527, 60,495, 62,454, 64,428 NMAX, 66,615 LSI1, 68,795 LSI2

How to apply

Download an application form and submit to – [email protected] – no later than 4 pm on October 27th, 2022.

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