Contract Agricultural Development Officer (Pig Development)

The Agriculture and Food Development Authority - Teagasc

Location: The successful candidate will be based at Ballyhaise Agricultural College, Ballyhaise, Co. Cavan (flexibility regarding location may be required).

Grade/Salary:  Agriculture Development Officer, with a starting salary of €31,729 per annum. The current salary scale is €31,729 to €62,700.

Starting pay will be at the minimum of the scale per Government Circular E100/8/82.  Exceptional circumstances may apply for candidates with current or previous service in the public sector (including Teagasc). Remuneration may be adjusted from time to time in line with Government Policy.

Post Type: Temporary Contract post, the indicative duration of which is 20 months, subject to contract.  A panel may be formed from which future similar vacancies may be filled.

Basic Function:  Agriculture Development Officers (Pig Development) play a central role in the delivery of advisory, training and teaching services within Teagasc. Their function includes the development of assigned client’s farm business through improved technical and financial efficiency and sustainable resource management.  They also provide training via the QQI Level 6 Pig Course, workshops and occasional lectures at Teagasc Agricultural Colleges.

Person Specification  Note: The ‘Essential’ qualifications, skills and knowledge outlined below are ‘must-have’ which will be used in the shortlisting process. 

Essential Qualifications

  • Applicants must hold a Level 8 Degree in Agriculture Science or equivalent, to include production animal science as a major component.

Desirable Qualifications

  • A relevant post graduate qualification or relevant experience in a similar type role.

How to Apply: A detailed job description and application form for this position can be accessed on the Teagasc Website at

Completed application forms should be TYPED and saved in PDF format and submitted by email to no later than 12 midnight on Thursday 27th October 2016.

Please state relevant reference code in all correspondence. 

Teagasc is an equal opportunities employer.  Canvassing will disqualify.

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