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					                               CAYMAN ISLANDS

                               JOB DESCRIPTION


Job Title: AGRICULTURAL ASSISTANT                  Jobholder: VACANT

Reports to (title): AGRONOMIST                     Ministry/Dept: AGRICULTURE



1. JOB PURPOSE

To assist the Agronomist with the implementation of the Department‟s Crop Production
and Extension Programmes. This will include facilitating the transfer of improved and
appropriate technologies to the agricultural sector in order to increase on-farm
productivity and marketing of agricultural commodities.



2. DIMENSIONS

One (1) Agricultural supervisor II

One (1) Spraying/Pruning Supervisor

Five (5) Labourers/Sprayers

450 part-time farmers as well as back-yard gardeners.

Budget of $3,000 for acquisition of spare parts for spraying and pruning equipment.




3. PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTABILITIES


To assist with the planning, coordination and evaluation of the pest control
measures used in the Crop Husbandry Programme. This includes managing the             30%
daily operations of pruning and spraying of fruit trees and other crops by the
Department of Agriculture spray team, for the control of pests.
To assist in providing practical, agronomic and logical advice to the general
farming and landscaping communities and to assist with the dissemination of           30
new agricultural technologies, through field demonstrations and on-the-spot
discussions.
To oversee the daily activities of the Plant Propagation Programme‟s Nursery to       12
ensure the quantity, quality and timeliness of plants are met for sale to the
public.
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Assist in providing technical assistance agricultural organizations, e.g.; The         10%
Cayman Islands Agricultural Society and technical advice to other Government
Agencies, Statutory Organizations and Government Companies.

To assist in administering training to farmers, students, interns, landscapers or      8%
any professional in agricultural related disciplines.

Assist in executing programmes to detect and prevent the spread of new plant           5%
pests within the Cayman Islands.
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To assist with the collection of statistical data for the agricultural sector
including production and marketing data or any other information required for
general sector planning.


4. ORGANIZATIONAL CHART

                                   ASSISTANT DIRECTOR (AGRICULTURE)


                                              AGRONOMIST




                       AGRICULTURAL ASSISTANT              FARM SUPERINTENDENT


                                   AGRICULTURAL SUPERVISOR II


                                  1 SPRAYING/PRUNING SUPERVISOR


                                     5 LABOURERS/SPRAYMEN




5. BACKGROUND INFORMATION

The Crop Production and Extension Unit, to which the post is an integral component, is
primarily responsible for facilitating improvement in production, management and
economic viability of the local agricultural sector. This is to be accomplished through the
transfer of appropriate technology: identification of on-farm problems and development
and implementation of workable solutions.

The unit also provides for the collection and transmission of field data to the Department
of Agriculture in a manner that can benefit future development planners. The post-holder

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will work as part of this team, and will have additional responsibilities for the provision
of spraying and pruning services for the purpose of reducing pests, leading to an increase
in productivity of local crops.



6. KNOWLEDGE EXPERIENCE SKILLS
The post holder should have the following:

   1. A recognized Diploma in Agriculture with a minimum of five years experience in
      Agronomy and Extension. Knowledge of the cultivation and practices of common
      tropical crops is essential.

   2. Good skills with a working knowledge and experience in crop production and
      protection and should be familiar with all aspects of operating a plant nursery.

   3. Sound knowledge of safety guidelines associated with the use of agricultural
      pesticides.

   4. Working knowledge of agricultural equipment, landscaping equipment and small
      agricultural machines are essential.

   5. Capability to recognize common tropical pests along with agents and methods
      used in their control.

   6. Basic knowledge of ornamental agriculture, turf management and basic landscape
      designs.

   7. Sound working knowledge of irrigation systems, particularly drip systems.

   8. Excellent communication skills are essential, along with a working knowledge of
      computers.



7. ASSIGNMENT AND PLANNING OF WORK

Assignments are received from Agronomist.

Post-holder should be able to plan his own work based on the assignment received.
Weekly reporting to the Agronomist and planning follow-up activities are essential.

Post-holder should be capable of assigning tasks to subordinates and should continually
assess these tasks given the variable physical conditions that may exist in the field.




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8. SUPERVISION OF OTHERS

Day to day supervision of field staff – Spray Team consisting of; Agricultural Supervisor
II and Laborers/Spraymen

Prepare weekly work schedule for spray team.


9. OTHER WORKING RELATIONSHIPS

In addition to the Agronomist, the post holder must also liaise where necessary with other
technical staff, including: Senior Agricultural Officer, Plant Protection Officer, Farm
Superintendent and Marketing Coordinator in order to facilitate the implementation of the
various programmes, and to seek solutions for observed on-farm technical problems.

The post holder will also be required to assist: The Cayman Islands Agricultural Society,
and Education Department – “Re Farmer Education and „Youth in Agriculture
Programmes”.



10. DECISION MAKING AUTHORITY AND CONTROLS

Make daily operational decisions, including determination of spraying and pruning
schedules and allocation of staff to duties, in order to ensure the efficient execution of the
Department of Agriculture guidelines for the Crop Husbandry Programme.

Make occasional on the spot decisions based on field situation and offer appropriate
recommendations to farmers. However, there should be regular consultation with the
Agronomist on more difficult and complex situations.

All decisions are subjected to review by the Agronomist.



11. PROBLEM/KEY FEATURES

Trying to bring about improvement through changes to existing practices can be difficult.
Many farmers are very independent and have preconceived ideas about appropriate
practices, which are often based on non-scientific guidelines. This often causes them to
resist change.




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12. WORKING CONDITIONS

Work is sometimes conducted under rugged and adverse field conditions.

The post holder will be required to work at abnormal/irregular hours due to part-time
nature of farmers.

The post holder is usually exposed to heat, sun, dust, and hazardous chemicals.




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AGREED BY:            Job Holder             Supervisory Manager           HOD




Jobholder (CAPITALS):                                              Date:

Signature:                                                         Date:

Supervisor/Manager:                                                Date:

Ministry/Department Head:                                          Date:




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