Temporary Forestry Liaison Officer, Teagasc

Competition Type: Temporary. Appointment will be made on a contract basis up to December 2020.
A panel may be formed from which future similar vacancies may be filled; such a panel will remain active for a maximum period of 24 months.
Location: Based at a major Teagasc centre as agreed with Head of Forestry.
Reporting To: Head of Forestry Development Department and/or other nominated manager.
Grade/Salary: ADO Grade 1 with a starting salary of €33,056 per annum. The current salary scale is €33,056 to €60,253.
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.
Basic Function: To undertake the development and delivery of forestry education and awareness-raising within the Agricultural Education Awards System and other relevant sectors, to promote the forestry option where appropriate and to operate as part of a team in forestry outreach and awareness raising activities.
Background: Teagasc promotes forestry as a complementary and viable farm enterprise in appropriate circumstances. The appointee will provide objective and independent outreach and awareness-raising of forestry opportunities through a teaching/liaising role within the Agricultural Education Awards System and other appropriate courses and initiatives. This will be provided in line with the Forestry Development Department Business Plan. The appointed person will be supported by departmental and local staff in the delivery of this programme.
Main Duties and Responsibilities:

• Undertake the development and delivery of forestry education and awareness-raising within the Agricultural Education Sector and other relevant sectors.
• Prepare and deliver classes/lectures/demonstrations on forestry, including land use options and whole farm planning opportunities.
• Provide innovative and appropriate material for practicals, open days, and educational exhibits.
• Prepare course assessment papers and material for practical skills testing in accordance with QQI guidelines as required.
• Engage and deliver guidance on likely job opportunities for students in the forestry sector.
• Liaise with Teagasc advisory and research colleagues.
• Liaise with external stakeholders.
• Provide leadership and direction for opportunities within the farm forestry sectors.
• Assist management and administrative staff in achieving good governance and risk management through co-operation and adherence to administrative procedures and practices.
• Assist Teagasc in meeting the commitments of the Quality Customer Service charter and action plan through adherence to best practice protocols.
• Implement quality assurance including internal verification.
• Assist in managing the health, safety and welfare of students.
• Undertake self-development and updating through active participation in PMDS based role-related training and the development of a personal development planner.
• Work ‘out of hours’ each week/as required.
• Fully co-operate with the provisions for ensuring the health, safety and welfare of oneself, fellow staff and non-Teagasc staff and co-operate with management in enabling Teagasc to comply with legal obligations. This includes full compliance with the responsibilities outlined in the Safety Statement.
• Actively participate in the annual business planning and PMDS processes.
• Perform other relevant duties as assigned 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. Duties and responsibilities will be reviewed with the post-holder from time to time.
Person Specification:

  Essential Desirable
Qualifications/ Experience ·         Applicants must hold a relevant Level 8 Degree in Forestry or other related land-based discipline.


·         A post graduate qualification in a relevant discipline is desirable.


Skills ·       Excellent communications skills.

·       Ability to engage and manage large student/other groups.

·       Excellent organisational skills.

·       Team work and leadership skills.

·       Quality and customer service focus.


·         Teaching, outreach and/or advisory experience.

·         Experience of afforestation and forest management in Ireland

from planning to  implementation.



Knowledge ·       Practical and technical knowledge of forestry and how it may fit in and deliver benefits at farm level.

·       Forest establishment and management approaches.

·       Ability to stay abreast of current concepts and use effective engagement and teaching methods to impart this knowledge to students.

·       Solid understanding and appreciation of the role of forestry in the Irish economy.

·  Good understanding of Teagasc education system.

·  Knowledge of rural issues including those relating to agriculture, the environment and forestry.



Behavioural Competencies ·       Ability to connect and deliver key messages to relevant audiences using innovative and engaging methods.

·       Work and project organisation, shows pro-activity and drive.

·       Quality customer service focus.

·       Team work & leadership abilities.

·       Adopts an open-minded and flexible approach to work.

Other ·       Candidates must satisfy and continue to satisfy during employment with   Teagasc, legal requirements to drive unaccompanied on Irish public roads.

Note: The ‘essential’ qualifications, knowledge, skills and behavioural competencies outlined above are ‘must-have’ which will be used in the selection process.
How to Apply

An Application Form for this position can be accessed on the Teagasc website at https://www.teagasc.ie/about/opportunities/careers/

Completed Application Forms should be TYPED, saved in PDF format and submitted by email to teagascjobs@clark.ie no later than 12 noon on 13th June 2018.

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


Updated: 16th July 2018 — 8:35 am