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Technician - Dairy Project (Temporary)

Animal and Grassland Research and Innovation Centre, Teagasc, Dairygold Farm, Kilworth, Moorepark, Fermoy, Co Cork
 Salary:  Technician Grade 1 with a Salary Scale of €30,327 to €40,627
Technician   Temporary Full Time
Closing Date: 27/11/2020 Closing Time: 12:00

 

Job Summary

Duration:
Temporary Externally Funded Non Grant-in-Aid contract post, the indicative duration of which is 42 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.

Dairy farms make a very important contribution to economic growth, particularly in rural areas. They also generate significant greenhouse gas and ammonia emissions. Future growth is likely to depend on meeting national emissions reduction targets. There are substantial possibilities for lowering GHG emissions from dairy farms while maintaining profitability. We have designed a system of milk production with the potential to substantially lower the carbon and ammonia footprints of milk production. This system is currently being tested at Solohead Research Farm in comparison to conventional systems of production. One objective is to quantify (i) the extent to which this system can lower emissions and (ii) impacts of productivity and profitability at experimental farm scale. A second objective is to determine the likely impact on national agricultural emissions if this system was adopted on dairy farms at national scale.

Dairy farms are intricately connected with crop and beef production systems via inflows of feed and outflows of culled cows and surplus calves. Hence lowering emissions from dairy farming cannot be examined in isolation from other farming systems. Furthermore lowering national agricultural emissions will necessitate carbon offsetting activities such as afforestation and regeneration of peatlands. Hence this project will examine innovative mitigation strategies that explicitly represent indirect co-benefits and trade-offs across interconnected systems including potential changes in land use.

The appointee will be based at Moorepark Animal and Grassland Research and Innovation Centre, Fermoy and field work will be conducted at Solohead Research Farm, Limerick Junction. This position is funded by the Department of Agriculture Food and Marine via the Research Stimulus Fund.

Job Objectives

  • General dairy farm management with emphasis on lowering greenhouse gas and ammonia emissions
  • Measurement of nitrous oxide and ammonia emissions from grassland.
  • Assessment of greenhouse gas and ammonia emissions from dairy farms using modelling techniques
  • Experimental recording and database management
  • Preparation of samples and sending samples to Teagasc laboratories
  • Collation of results
  • Ensuring smooth and timely transfer of research results to the relevant task leaders during the project.
  • Liaise with stakeholders and in particular with the farmers involved in the project, facilitating data collection and providing feedback during the project.
  • Writing reports for the funding agency,
  • Providing feedback and dissemination of results to stakeholders
  • Explain the research to visiting groups
  • Quantify the extent to which this system can lower emissions and likely impacts of productivity and profitability.
  • Determine the likely impact on national emissions if this system was adopted on dairy farms at national scale along with changes in land use and carbon offsetting activities such as afforestation and regeneration of peatlands.
  • Health & Safety Co-ordinator Duties or such other Health & Safety Duties as may be assigned from time to time.
  • To assist Teagasc in meeting the commitments of the Quality Customer Service Charter and Action Plan.
  • To actively participate in the annual business planning and Performance Management Development System (PMDS) processes.
  • Fully co-operate with the provisions made for ensuring the health, safety and welfare of themselves, 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.
  • Any other duties as may be 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.  It will be reviewed from time to time with the post holder.

Skills Required

 

 

Essential

Desirable

Qualifications

  • Candidates must have a level 6 qualification in agricultural science or related life sciences

 

Level 7 qualification in agricultural science or related life sciences would be a distinct advantage

Skills

  • Good interpersonal skills

  • Good organizational skills – ability to organize and schedule work

  • Computer literate, MS Excel, MS Word and MS outlook.

  • Data management and data handling.

  • People and resource management.

Experience of managing a dairy herd.

Laboratory experience

Life cycle assessment and systems modelling

 

Knowledge

  • Milk production systems and general dairy farm management.

  • Sources of greenhouse gas and ammonia emissions from dairy farms

  • Best management practices on dairy farms to improve efficiency and lower emissions.

  • Knowledge of MS Excel, MS Word and MS Outlook                        

 

Measurement of greenhouse gas emissions from dairy farms

Assessment of greenhouse gas and ammonia emissions from dairy farms using life cycle assessment and other modelling techniques

Behavioural Competencies

  • Ability to work as part of a team, including consulting, collaborating and building relationships with key partners.

  • Has the ability to problem solve and demonstrates a high level of attention to detail.

  • Demonstrates positive approach to new challenges and dissemination of new tasks.

Other

As this role will involve driving vehicles, candidates must satisfy and continue to satisfy during employment with Teagasc, legal requirements to drive a car unaccompanied on Irish public roads.

Eligibility

This is an open public competition. Should a current serving Teagasc staff member be successful in their application through open public competition for this post, their current contract of employment with Teagasc will come to an end on taking up this post.

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



 
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