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Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane
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 inspectors with starting salary of just under €38,000

Department of Ag Job: Assistant Agricultural Inspectors

The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine has launched a recruitment call for AAI – assistant agricultural inspectors – in general agriculture, just days after applications closed for recently advertised TAO positions, writes farming journalist, Catherina Cunnane.

According to the job posting, assistant agricultural inspectors will become a member of the agricultural inspectorate team and will support the DAFM’s work.

Some duties may include supervising, training and managing staff, monitoring and assessing developments in trade and industry and advising on scientific and technical factors influencing trade in the agri-food sector.

AAIs may also be responsible for bringing scientific evidence and other knowledge to support policy evaluation and analysis and exercising appropriate scientific and strategic judgement in complex planning, design and management of agricultural strategies and programmes for the development of the agri-food sector.

The position may involve a blend of indoor and outdoor duties, including travel to various parts of the country and possibly overseas on official duties.

Positions are available in Laois, Wexford, Kildare, Dublin, Donegal, Tipperary and Kerry.

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Candidates must have:

  1. On or before May 4th, 2023, a qualification in Agricultural Science at level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) with a minimum 2.2 (Honours Degree) result.

Your degree must be underpinned by core sciences of biology and chemistry and with an emphasis on one or more of the following areas: animal science; crop/plant science; food science, agricultural technology/engineering, horticulture; agribusiness/ agri-economics; agri-environmental science; agricultural sustainability; soil science, for example;

  1. Good Information Technology (IT) skills and experience;
  2. Ability to work effectively as part of a team;
  3. Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills with the capacity to present material in a clear, concise and comprehensive manner;
  4. An ability to prioritise multiple responsibilities, work under pressure and deliver in a timely manner;
  5. On the date of appointment, hold a current full driving licence and have access to a vehicle for their own use.

Moreover, the candidate must be able to demonstrate key competencies identified for effective performance at this level, which the job posting lists as leadership potential, analysis and decision-making, delivery of results, interpersonal and communication skills, specialist knowledge, expertise and self-development and drive and commitment to public service values.


The salary scale for this position, with effect from March 1st, 2023, is as follows:

Personal Pension Contribution (PPC) Pay Rate:

€37,808, €40,786 ,€41,769, €45,078, €48,389, €51,703, €53,766, €55,845, €57,934, €60,018, €62,104, €64,192, €66,270, €68,366, €70,685(LSI1), €72,999(LSI2).

How to apply

To apply, complete and submit an application form via the Public Jobs’ website no later than 3 pm on Thursday, May 4th, 2023.

You can obtain further information about the job spec, entry requirements and competition process via this link, which will divert you to the said website.

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