The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine is currently recruiting ecologists to work in divisions across the department, but particularly, in areas dealing with forestry and the environment.
Successful candidates will be appointed to the grade of Assistant Agricultural Inspector (AAI), according to a statement posted on the Department’s website.
Following an assessment process, candidates who achieve the qualifying standard will be placed on an Order of Merit, which will remain in place for a period of up to two years from the date of the first appointment.
Depending on the work assigned, and working as part of a team, the successful candidate may be required to perform one or a combination of the following tasks:
- To assess forestry licence and scheme applications, including their potential impact on flora, fauna, habitats or the environment and to provide advice and/or recommendations in respect of the protection of such flora, fauna, habitats or the environment;
- Following desk audit to carry out site inspections in connection with proposed agricultural and forestry activities to assess biodiversity and ecological factors and to provide specific advice/recommendations;
- To analyse technical information on ecology where presented in Natura Impact Statements (NIS) and to prepare reports concerning the development proposals and the associated issues, where required as part of the Appropriate Assessment process;
- To assess Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA) applications, including their potential impact on flora, fauna, habitats or the environment and to provide advice and recommendations in respect of the protection of such flora, fauna, habitats or the environment;
- To input to guidelines, scheme documents, plans etc. in respect of the biodiversity content of Schemes and measures under Pillar I or II of the Common Agricultural Policy and Forestry Programme;
- To work closely with staff and provide support for the implementation of the RDP programme and the Forestry Programme to the best environmental standards;
- To provide specialist biodiversity advice on policy as required;
- To engage in consultation with other Government Departments and Agencies, environmental NGOs, and the general public;
- To prepare and deliver internal and external training courses; • Any other duties appropriate to the grade as the Minister may decide; and
- Supervision, training and management of staff.
The position may be located at any one of DAFM headquarters in Dublin, Backweston, Portlaoise or Wexford, or in any one of the DAFM local offices. Outdoor work may involve travel to various parts of the country on official duties.
Some foreign travel may be required; approved travel is paid for at the appropriate standard official rates, according to the Department.
Candidates must, before the date of appointment, hold a full driving licence and/or access to transport.
Candidates must, on or before November 14th, 2019:
- Hold a primary degree qualification at level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) in Botany, Zoology, Ecology or Environmental Science, that is acceptable to the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, with either: (i) a minimum 2.2 Honours result (i.e. grade point average equivalent to or greater than 2.48 out of 4.20 in their level 8 degree);
(ii) an additional and higher qualification (level 9 or 10 on the National Framework of Qualifications) in Botany, Zoology, Ecology or Environmental Science, that is acceptable to the DAFM.
- Have a least 18-months satisfactory work experience as a professional ecologist, including assessing and evaluating biodiversity issues, such experience having been gained after attaining their Level 8 qualification.
- Experience gained while working for a post-graduate qualification, or while undertaking post-doctoral research, may, if relevant, count towards this requirement.
- Post-graduate qualification in ecology or in a complimentary field.
- Experience in agriculture or forestry
- Have a strong awareness of current scientific and other challenges and opportunities facing the Irish agriculture and forestry sectors.
- Have a strong awareness of nature conservation and environmental law, as it applies to Irish agriculture and forestry.
- Capacity to operate in wide and sometimes varied professional scientific capacities.
- A strong work ethic and ability to prioritise many tasks and deliver in a timely manner.
- Skills to engage with scientific research teams and appropriately transfer and apply research findings.
- Excellent communication skills (listening, written and verbal).
- Commitment to continuous professional development.
Applicants should demonstrate, by reference to specific examples from their career to-date, that they possess or have the capacity to acquire the qualities, skills and knowledge required for the role of ecologist as identified in the following competency framework.
- Specialist knowledge, expertise & self-development;
- Analysis & decision-making;
- Teamwork, interpersonal & communication skills;
- Management & delivery of results.
The salary scale for this position, with effect from September 1st, 2019, is as follows: Personal Pension Contribution (PPC)
€33,971, €36,722, €37,630, €40,687, €43,747, €46,807, €48,694, €50,580, €52,473, €54,360, €56,249, €58,140, €60,024, €61,920 (N-MAX), €64,022 (LSI 1), €66,118 (LSI 2)
This rate applies to new entrants and will also apply where the appointee is an existing civil or public servant appointed on or after April 6th, 1995 and is required to make a personal pension contribution.
A different rate will apply where the appointee is a civil or public servant recruited before April 6th, 1995 who is not required to make a Personal Pension Contribution.
Application forms can be downloaded here – applications must be submitted no later than 4pm on Thursday, November 14th, 2019 to;
Ms Valerie Nolan,
Competitions & Recruitment Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine,
Eir Building Old,
All sections of the form must be fully completed and one hard copy of your application form must be submitted.