Contract Technician (MultiRepro)

The Agriculture and Food Development Authority - Teagasc

Location: Teagasc Animal & Grassland Research and Innovation Centre, Moorepark, Fermoy, Co Cork.

Grade/Salary: Technician Grade 1, with a starting salary of €28,502 per annum. The current salary scale is €28,502 to €38,757.

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 Externally Funded Non Grant-in-Aid contract post, the indicative duration of which is 23 months, subject to contract.

A panel may be formed from which future similar vacancies may be filled; such a panel will remain active for a maximum period of 12 months.

Basic Function:          

Teagasc is seeking to recruit a motivated and skilled contract technician to work on an externally funded project, which aims to evaluate the nutritional and management strategies for improved reproductive performance in cattle and sheep.  The successful candidate will work in a multidisciplinary team and will be responsible for the collection of field experimental data from commercial dairy and beef herds.  The successful candidate will be responsible for collection of data required for the project from beef heifers and dairy cows on commercial dairy farms.  The measurements include body weight, ultrasound exams of the ovaries and vaginal discharge scores.

Candidates will have at least a level 6 degree in Agriculture, Biology, Science or a related discipline and will ideally have experience of general animal husbandry and field experiment techniques, with an ability to take responsibility, have excellent record keeping abilities and good ICT skills.  Training will be provided in transrectal ultrasonography and vaginal discharge scoring, however successful development of these skills will require enthusiasm and commitment from the candidate.

Person Specification

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

Essential Qualifications

  • Candidates must have a Level 6 Specific Purpose in Farm Administration and/or a Level 6 Advanced Cert in Agriculture or a related discipline.

Desirable Qualifications

  • A Level 7 qualification in Agriculture or a related discipline would be a distinct advantage.

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, saved in PDF format and submitted by email to no later than 12 midnight on Wednesday 25th April 2018.

Please state relevant reference code in all correspondence.  Teagasc is an equal opportunities employer.  Canvassing will disqualify.  The details contained above are subject to change without notice.

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