Teagasc is recruiting business & technology drystock advisors to “actively lead” in the delivery of advisory, education and training services.
The state agency has advertised temporary contract posts (two initially), with indicative durations of up to 5 months and 10 months, subject to contract with a closing date of 12 pm on February 7th, 2023.
The positions are based in its Westmeath, Offaly, Cavan, Monaghan advisory region and Teagasc, Clonminch, Tullamore, Co. Offaly and fall under the agricultural development officer grade I umbrella, offering a salary scale of €37,067 to €71,568, the job spec on the state agency’s website states.
At the time of application, candidates must hold a relevant QQI level 8 degree (degree qualification must be eligible for FAS registration), which includes most of the following modules completed with their degree.
These include animal husbandry, crop husbandry, soils/geology (soil science compulsory), environment, farm financial management, biology, chemistry (highly desirable), maths and genetics.
In addition, a level 9 or 10 relevant post-graduate qualification is desirable, as is experience carrying out similar agricultural advisory/education/training/facilitation roles.
In terms of knowledge, the applicant must demonstrate expert agriculture and environmental knowledge and say abreast of current concepts and use effective teaching and advisory methods to impart their knowledge to both clients and students.
It is desirable that candidates are familiar with Teagasc’s financial management packages, financial analysis and farm business planning and are underway to obtain a CECRA – Certificate for European Consultants in Rural Ireland.
In brief, the candidate must have excellent communication skills, leadership qualities/abilities, excellent analysis, numeracy, problem-solving skills and decision-support abilities.
Please note that this is an extract of the job advertisement, which can be found on Teagasc’s website.
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