Regional Land Capability Planner (SOG/ST 7)

Organisation
Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture & Fisheries
Reference
VAC-31124
Contract Type
Full-Time
Industries
Land Use & Environmental Management
Location
Kingston
Salary
Competitive Salary
Date Posted
14/03/2019
Expiry Date
03/04/2019
Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates to be assigned to the post of Regional Land Capability Planner (SOG/ST 7) in the Agricultural Land Management Division, Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries (MICAF).
 
Job Purpose

The Regional Land Capability Planner reports to the Senior Director and provides authoritative and technical advice to farmers and agricultural stakeholders on crop suitability, soil fertility status and to local authority personnel on land management and development issues. Technical advice is also provided to the Mines and Geology Division personnel on mining licence applications as it relates to the impact on agricultural lands. The post also exercises responsibility for the examination of mined out lands which have been reclaimed to verify that the required reclamation standards have been met.

There is the requirement to undertake land use surveys and land evaluation assessments, which contribute to recommendations which form a critical component of agricultural development plans and/or policies related to soil and land use at the local, national or regional level.

 

Key Responsibilities

Management/Administrative:

  • Participates in Committees and Divisional Meetings and seminars relating to the work of the Division;
  • Supervises two (2) Cartographic staff members, providing guidance on methodology and technique etc.;
  • Ensures that the cartographic standards are maintained;
  • Monitors the supplies and maintenance of the drawing office;
  • Participates in the development of the Work, Corporate and Operational Plans.

 

Technical/Professional:

  • Conducts site visits to collect soil, water and plant samples for analysis;
  • Participates in soil surveys and rural land evaluation assessments to determine crop suitability and verification of land use interpretation;
  • Visits bauxite mined out lands which have been reclaimed to verify that the required reclamation standards have been met;
  • Interprets aerial photographs and transfers information to maps using traditional and digital techniques to determine land use;
  • Verifies that the lines and polygons are created accurately and the attributes are developed correctly on a national level for soils, land use and land capability database;
  • Determines the crops that are suitable for specific land parcels in terms of soils and land related constraints for crop production;
  • Conducts special purpose studies on land that are contemplated for agricultural development;
  • Liaises with laboratory staff on issues pertaining to the analyses of soil, plant and water samples;
  • Conducts site visits to verify information from aerial photo interpretation;
  • Identifies and collects soil samples (in the field) for further analysis;
  • Provides assistance to students in the area of soils, land use/land cover, remote sensing technique for land evaluation assessment and other related areas.

 

Human Resource:

  • Monitors and evaluates the performance of Direct Reports, prepares Performance Appraisals and recommends and/or initiates corrective action, where necessary, to improve performance and/or attain established personal and/or organizational goals;
  • Participates in the recruitment of staff for the Division/Unit and recommends transfer, promotion, termination and leave in accordance with established Human Resource policies and procedures;
  • Provides leadership and guidance to Direct Reports through effective planning, delegation, communication, training, mentoring and coaching;
  • Ensures the welfare and developmental needs of staff in the Division/Unit are clearly identified and addressed;
  • Establishes and maintains a system that fosters a culture of teamwork, employee empowerment and commitment to the Division’s and organization’s goals.

 

Required Knowledge, Skills and Competencies

Functional/Technical:

  • Good cartographic (map reading) skills
  • Good knowledge of GIS and related applications and Remote sensing techniques
  • Good analytical skills
  • Good soil techniques and fertility management

 

Core:

  • Knowledge of the Ministry’s policies and procedures
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • Proficient in the use of the relevant computer application

 

Minimum Required Qualification and Experience

  • Bachelor of Science Degree and six (6) years related experience; or
  • Four (4) years’ experience in Agriculture and related field together with specialized training in GIS and related applications or Soil Science.

 

Special Conditions Associated with the Job

  • Extensive travelling to rural areas accessible only with all-terrain vehicles;
  • Required to work outside normal working hours;
  • Exposure to natural and man-made hazards.

 

Salary range $1,857,817 - $2,208,360 per annum and any allowance(s) attached to the post

 

Please note that only short listed applicants will be contacted.

 

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