Biodiversity Research Technician Competition Type: Permanent A panel may be formed from which future similar vacancies may be filled; such a panel will remain active for a period of 12 months with the option to extend for a further 12 month period. Location: Teagasc, Crops, Environment and Land-Use Programme, Johnstown Castle, Wexford Grade/Salary : Technician Grade 1 with a salary scale of €31,135 to €41,538. Remuneration may be adjusted from time to time in line with Government Policy Background: The Irish agriculture and land-use sector faces significant challenges to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 25% by 2030 and reach climate neutrality by 2050 as set out in the 2021 Climate Action Plan. In response to this Teagasc has developed a new Climate Action Strategy. This new post will be central to supporting Teagasc in the delivery of this strategy. Teagasc is expanding its research and Knowledge Transfer (KT) programme to rapidly advance the science and implementation of current and new measures to meet the biodiversity and climate challenges that farmers are facing. In addition to appointing new staff, there is a large capital investment to establish the National Agricultural Sustainability Research and Innovation Centre (NASRIC). New appointees will join current research teams and will utilise research infrastructures across the entire organisation. This competition seeks to recruit a research Technician focused on measuring habitat quantity and quality on farming systems, and measurement of botanical and invertebrate wildlife groups on farmlands, hedgerows and field margins. The successful candidate will join a team of permanent and contract staff conducting biodiversity research. They will provide technical support to help improve our understanding of how different farm management approaches affect biodiversity in the farmed landscape. This position will be based in the new National Agricultural Sustainability Research and Innovation Centre Johnstown Castle, Wexford. Teagasc - Johnstown Castle is Ireland s leading research institute on soils and environment related research, and conducts both fundamental and applied research on a wide range of subjects, e.g. soil quality, nutrient efficiency, water quality, gaseous emissions, agro-ecology, and land use. Job Objectives: Main Duties and Responsibilities : • Support the biodiversity research programme through field and laboratory work for botanical surveying, vegetation classification and measurement of ecosystem services in farmland habitats. • Assist in the establishment and maintenance of farmland biodiversity experiments conducted by the research team of permanent researchers, postdoctoral researchers and postgraduate students. • Implement farmland biodiversity sampling protocols, process samples and undertake species-level identification. • Establish and manage databases and perform basic statistical analysis of data. • Undertake quality control of laboratory analyses and ensure good data management. • Contribute to the management of samples, equipment and consumables. • Carry out electronic data entry of research samples, for example using the Teagasc LIMS system, and recording of results. • Contribute to the teamwork and team-spirit in the agri-environmental research department at Johnstown Castle, and foster and add to further collaboration and integration. • Assist Teagasc in meeting the commitments of the Quality Customer Service Charter and Action Plan. • Actively participate in the annual business planning and Performance Management Development System (PMDS) processes. • Carry out such 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. Required Skills: Essential • Candidates must have a QQI Level 6 in ecology, botany, zoology, agri-environmental science, or a related discipline. • Data handling, database use/management and computer skills. • Basic familiarity with Geographical Information Systems (GIS). • Experience in ecological survey methods. • Familiarity with Microsoft office products. • Familiarity with field and lab methods for measuring farmland biodiversity. • Identification of plant species in Irish grasslands, hedgerows and field margins Desirable • A QQI level 8 qualification in a relevant subject. • Training and experience in biodiversity in farming systems. • Botanical surveying and vegetation classification in farmland habitats. • Use of results-based scorecards to assess habitat quality. • Identification of pollinators. • Measurement of ecosystem services from farmland. • Experimental design. • Statistical analysis. • Sampling of terrestrial or freshwater invertebrates. • Understanding of Irish agricultural systems. • Laboratory and field quality assurance & quality control. • Understanding of factors in the design, implementation and effectiveness of agri-environmental schemes for biodiversity.
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