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Research Technician Grade 1 - Teagasc National Farm Survey Farm Recorder – (Ref: DS1554)

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The Agricultural Economics and Farm Surveys Department is based in the Mellows
Centre, Athenry. The Department is responsible for the National Farm Survey (NFS) and also for delivering Ireland’s statutory data on farm output, costs and incomes on an annual basis to the EU-Farm Accountancy Data Network (FADN) in Brussels. The main aim of the National Farm Survey is to determine the financial situation of Irish farms across a broad spectrum by system and size. The Farm Survey database contains an archive of financial and technical data from Irish farms dating from 1984 to 2013. The NFS farms provide the data on a voluntary basis to farm recorders who visit 2-3 times during the year.

Main Duties and Responsibilities:
• Accurate recording, validation and delivery of Farm Accounts Data in assigned areas.
• Annual canvassing and recruiting of new farm households to the NFS sample.
• Explaining results of farm reports to farmers.
• Carrying out additional farm surveys as required.
• Assisting Teagasc in meeting the commitments of the Quality Customer Service charter and action plan.
• Actively participating in the annual business planning and Performance Management Development System (PMDS) processes.
• Fully co-operating with the provisions made for ensuring the health, safety and welfare of themselves, fellow staff and non-Teagasc staff and co-operating with management in enabling Teagasc to comply with legal obligations. This includes fully complying with the responsibilities outlined in the Safety Statement.
• Carrying out such other duties as may be assigned by the Head of Department from time to time.

* This job specification is intended as a guide to the general range of duties and is intended to be neither definitive nor restrictive. It will be reviewed from time to time with the Post-Holder.

Person Specifications:

• Candidates must have a QQI Level 6 in agriculture, financial management or a related discipline.
• Good accounting and numeracy skills.

• Financial Accounts Qualifications/Agric Business Field would be a distinct advantage.
• Experience in preparing farm accounts.

How to Apply

The relevant Application Form and Job Specification can be accessed on our website at

Completed Application Forms should be TYPED, saved in PDF format and submitted by email to no later than Monday 28th August 2017.

An Excel competency assessment will form part of the interview process for candidates called for interview. Further information will be provided prior to interview.

Please state relevant reference code in all correspondence. Teagasc is an equal opportunities employer. Canvassing will disqualify.

Status: Researcher
Remuneration: Starting from 28220 Euro/year
Advert Published: 9 Aug 2017
Expiry date: 28 Aug 2017
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