Chief Agricultural Food / Quarantine Technician Job position at Agriculture / Forestry Department in Beitbridge South Africa 2013



REF NO: 474/2013
Directorate: Inspection Services
SALARY : R252 144 per annum
CENTRE : Beitbridge

REQUIREMENTS : Applicants must be in possession of a National diploma or Bachelor’s (B.Sc.)
degree in Agriculture with Plant Pathology, Entomology and/or Animal Diseases
as a major subject(s) as well as a Dog Training or Dog Handling Certificate (you
are required to furnish a credit certificate and/or statement of results). Knowledge
of the Agricultural Pests Act, 1983 (Act 36 of 1983), the Animal Diseases Act,
1984 (Act 35 of 1984), the Meat Safety Act, 2000 (Act 40 of 2000), the Plant
Improvement Act,1976 (Act 53 of 1976), the Agriculture Product Standards Act,
1990 (Act 119 of 1990), the Genetically Modified Organisms Act, 1997 (Act 15 of
1997) and the Fertilizers, Farm Feeds, Agricultural Remedies and Stock
Remedies Act, 1947 (Act 36 of 1947) as well as various relevant international
guidelines and rules. Knowledge of canine motivation, dog psychology, behaviour
patterns, olfactory perceptions and abilities. The ability to interpret regulatory
information and standard operating procedures. Good communication and
analytical skills as well as the ability to work well under pressure. Computer skills
in MS Office software. Willingness to travel and work away from home/office on
short notice, work shifts at the ports as well as irregular hours. A valid driver’s
licence and the ability to drive.

DUTIES : The incumbent will be responsible to handle detector dogs for the examination of
passenger, baggage, cargo and international mail for regulated articles in
compliance to various relevant international guidelines and obligations. Interview
passengers, inspect suspect baggage, cargo trucks, busses and other vehicles
as well as take appropriate risk management actions for non-compliant regulated
products. Leading a team of Agricultural Food and Quarantine Technicians and
manage the K9 at Beitbridge Land Border Post. Work with other Governmental
departments that are also responsible for international travellers. Assist
Agricultural Food and Quarantine Technicians at secondary inspections when not
conducting dog handling duties. Maintain and assist other dog handlers with
canine health, well-being and training. Perform demonstrations or public relations
activities when requested. Supervise dog handler assistant(s). Represent the
Department on forums and meetings.

ENQUIRIES : Ms A. Steyn, tel. 012 309 8740.

APPLICATIONS : Applications may be posted to URS Response Handling, P. O. Box 11506,
Tierpoort, 0056 or submitted electronically via email: or via
fax: 086 654 1824 or online: or deposited in the URS
Response Handling boxes at any one of the Department of Agriculture, Forestry
and Fisheries’ offices indicated below. Enquiries: URS Response Handling, tel.
012 811 1900.
PRETORIA: Reception, Agriculture Place, 20 Steve Biko Street (formerly Beatrix
Street), Arcadia, Pretoria, Gauteng.
CAPE TOWN: Reception (Ground Floor), Foretrust Building, 3 Martin
Hammerschlag Way, Foreshore, Cape Town, Western Cape.
STELLENBOSCH: Reception (Support Building), Quarantine Station, Polkadraai
Road, Stellenbosch, Western Cape.
TPIETERMARITZBURG: Reception (5th Floor), Old Mutual Building, 185
Langalibalele Street, Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal.
KING WILLIAM’S TOWN: Reception (Ground Floor), Old SABC Building, 2
Hargreaves Avenue, King William’s Town, Eastern Cape.
NELSPRUIT: Reception (2nd Floor), 27 Brown Street, (Building), Nelspruit,
MAKHADO: Reception (Ground Floor), Magistrates Building, 103 Landros street,
Makhado, Limpopo
MTHATHA: Reception (3rd Floor), PRD Building, 2 Sutherland Street, Mthatha,
Eastern Cape

CLOSING DATE : 20 December 2013

NOTE : Applications must be submitted on a Z83 Form, obtainable from any Public
Service department or on the internet at
documents/forms/employ.pdf which must be signed (an unsigned Z83 form will
disqualify an application) and should be accompanied by a recently updated,
comprehensive CV as well as copies of all qualification(s) [Matric certificate must
also be attached] and ID-document and Driver’s licence [where applicable]. Non-
RSA Citizens/Permanent Resident Permit Holders must attach a copy of his/her
Permanent Residence Permit to his/her application. Should you be in possession
of a foreign qualification, it must be accompanied by an evaluation certificate
from the South African Qualification Authority (SAQA). Failure to submit all the
requested documents will result in the application not being considered.
Correspondence will be limited to short listed candidates only. If you have not
been contacted within three (3) months after the closing date of this
advertisement, please accept that your application was unsuccessful. Suitable
candidates will be subjected to a personnel suitability check (criminal record
check, citizenship verification, financial/asset record check, qualification/study
verification and previous employment verification). Successful candidates will
also be subjected to security clearance processes. Where applicable, candidates
will be subjected to a skills/knowledge test. Successful candidates will be
appointed on a probation period of twelve (12) months. The Department reserves
the right not to make appointment(s) to the advertised post(s). Applications
submitted via email, fax or online must include the post title and reference
number in the subject line and a scanned, signed Z83 form (a Z83 form without a
physical signature will disqualify an application) together with all relevant
documents as indicated above. Persons with disability are encouraged to apply.

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