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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 recruiting inspectors with €33k starting salary

Jobs: Forestry Inspectors

The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine is recruiting a number of forestry inspectors (Grade III).

The Public Appointments Service is overseeing the appointments to the above positions, which may arise in any of the DAFM’s regional offices or border control posts during the panel’s lifetime.

According to the job listing, work will be a mix of office and outdoors – depending on the duties the DAFM assigns.

On the other hand, outdoor work may involve travel to various parts of the country on official duties.


  • Inspections and documentation checks regarding forestry consents and schemes;
  • Collecting and disseminating statistics about Ireland’s forest estate;
  • Inspections and documentation checks regarding control of felling;
  • Measuring and recording of data for the national Forest Inventory;
  • Inspections and documentation checks regarding forest protection and forest reproductive material;
  • Implementation in a forestry context of EU and national legislation;
  • Input to policy and development work leading to the initiation, implementation or modification of forestry schemes or policy;
  • Evaluation, monitoring and verification of progress and expenditure on DAFM funded forest research projects and related duties;
  • Input into policy regarding climate change, forest genetic resources, bioenergy, international forestry, and forest sector development related matter.
Who is eligible?

Successful candidates must hold a qualification at Level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications, in which forestry was taken as a major subject.

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They also must have experience working in the forestry sector or related area(s) and hold a full driving licence and/or have access to a vehicle.

Furthermore, they must:

  • Be able to work as part of a team;
  • Work on their own initiative;
  • Also, work to rigid timelines while maintaining standards of scientific excellence;
  • Commit to updating and broadening their professional knowledge and skills on a continuing basis;
  • Have excellent interpersonal and communication skills;

The PAS confirmed that it commits to a policy of equal opportunity and encourage applications under all nine grounds of the Employment Equality Act.


The salary scale for the position (rates effective from February 2022) is as follows:

  • Personal Pension Contribution (PPC) Salary Scale: € 33,149, €35,502, €36,132, €39,272, €42,422, €45,573, €48,725, €50,672, €52,629, €

How to apply

The closing date for applications is Thursday, May 19th, 2022, at 3pm.

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