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Plant Protection Officer

Job Details

  • Agency: Agriculture
  • Reference: R0352019
  • Posted: 08-Feb-2019
  • Closing Date: 25-Feb-2019
  • Salary: CI$58,344 - CI$78,456
  • Job Description

Plant Protection Officer

We seek an experienced individual to manage and co-ordinate regulatory programs to prevent the entry, establishment and spread of plant pests and diseases in the Cayman Islands.

Knowledge, Experience & Skills

Knowledge & Experience:

The post holder must have M.Sc. in Plant Protection, Entomology or Plant Pathology with 3 years’ experience’, OR B.Sc. in Agriculture/Science with at least 7-10 years’ experience in a plant related discipline (Plant Protection, Entomology or Plant Pathology).

  • Understanding of phytosanitary systems/processes and good working knowledge of the IPPC regulatory framework
  • Competency and experience in conducting Pest Risk Assessments (PRA’s)
  • Sound taxonomic skills with regards to identification of plant pest (arthropod) and disease to Order/Genera level
  • Sound knowledge of the Integrated Pest Management (IMP) approach for pest management, including pesticide use, handling and an ability conduct appropriate training in this area.
  • The post holder should be able to perform his/her duties with a high degree of independence and minimal supervision.
  • Good oral and written communication skills as well as a high degree of computer literacy are also required.

Main duties and responsibilities

  • Overall management of the Department’s Diagnostic Laboratory:
  • o Inventory management, preparation, update laboratory manuals and procedures

    o Conduct laboratory examinations, preliminary taxonomic identification of plant pests

  • Conduct Pest Risk Assessments on the importation of fresh agricultural produce and aggregate materials into the Cayman Islands
  • Oversee national surveillance, control and/or eradication programmes for quarantine pests and design, implement and evaluate pest surveys
  • Provide oversight of the operations of the Agricultural Health Inspection Services
  • Conduct routine & request extension visits to farm, backyard gardens and government or non-government organisations
  • Conduct problem solving research into plant pests and diseases management
  • Prepare technical information (technical papers, brochures, posters) for display/dissemination to the farmers, special groups, the general public through Agriculture shows, schools, lectures, workshop, field days or farm tours.

Please submit your application form and resume via email to:

Operational Human Resource & Information Manager
Department of Agriculture
#181 Lottery Rd, Bodden Town
Grand Cayman, KY1-1106

Benefits will be determined in accordance with the Public Service Management Law, Personnel Regulations, the Public Service Pensions Law and the CINICO Health Plan as may be amended from time to time. Pension and health benefits are non-contributory.