Research Assistant (SOG/ST 4)

Reference
VAC-42912
Contract Type
Full-Time
Industries
Agriculture, Forestry & Fishing, Research, Monitoring & Evaluation
Location
Kingston
Salary & Benefits
Date Posted
10/11/2022
Expiry Date
05/12/2022
Under the supervision of the Senior Plant Protection Officer (SOG/ST 6), the Research Assistant (SOG/ST 4), is responsible for conducting research and diagnostic work under laboratory and field conditions.

 

KEY OUTPUTS

  • Apiary registration information recorded 
  • Experimental data recorded and compiled 
  • Diagnostic samples received and recorded 
  • Preliminary identification of bee pest/disease conducted and specimens prepared, preserved, and cultured 
  • Laboratory equipment maintained and serviced 
  • Apiculture technology information transferred upon request 

 

KEY RESPONSIBILITY AREAS 

  • Records all apiary registration information 
  • Records date on samples (honey, brood, and bees) collected 
  • Records results of samples analyzed in the laboratory 
  • Prepares reagents (Chemicals) and other materials and equipment required for laboratory work 
  • Prepares, preserves, cultures, or rears specimens for identification and diagnostic work
  • Assists in laying out, demarcating, labeling, and organizing experimental designs (plots)
  • Assists officers in preparing, organizing, and implementing training seminars, field days, and agricultural shows 
  • Assists officers in the implementation of research projects 
  • Assists officers in conducting field inspection of apiaries as directed Assists in the insemination of honeybees 
  • Mobilizes where necessary the material and physical resources required for the timely and effective execution of projects 
  • Updates extension visitation records 
  • Compiles case reports on request 
  • Disseminates beekeeping information to visiting students, teachers and interested organizations and individuals 
  • Maintains research apiaries 

 

OTHER RESPONSIBILITIES 

  • Performs any other related functions assigned from time to time

 

PERFORMANCE STANDARD

  • Accurate recording of apiary registration information for beekeepers
  • Accurate preparation of reagents, materials and equipment required for laboratory analysis and testing done within the agreed timeframe 
  • Apiculture Laboratory maintained based on required standard 
  • Competent and accurate analysis of honey and bee samples done according to agreed standards and timeframe 
  • Accurate collection and recording of bee and honey data 

 

REQUIRED COMPETENCIES

Core 

  • Good written and oral communication skills 
  • Good interpersonal and people management skills 
  • Strong customer relations skills 
  • Good problem solving and conflict management skills 
  • Good time management skills 

 

Technical 

  • Good knowledge of laboratory procedures 
  • Good knowledge of beekeeping 
  • Knowledge of the operations of Government/Knowledge of the Ministry’s policies and procedures 
  • Proficiency in the use of relevant computer applications 

 

MINIMUM REQUIRED QUALIFICATION AND EXPERIENCE

  • Associate of Science Degree in Agriculture from an accredited Tertiary Institution
  • Six (6) months on the job experience 

 

SPECIAL CONDITIONS ASSOCIATED WITH THE JOB

  • Exposure to hazardous and harmful laboratory reagents 
  • Exposure to smoke and ultra-violet light 
  • Daily exposure to bee stings and aggressive honeybees 
  • Occasionally working in volatile communities 
  • Working environment is usually very hot and humid 

 

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