Agricultural technical officers provide complex technical support and advise on aspects of agriculture such as research, production, servicing and marketing.
Duties & Tasks
Agricultural technical officers may perform the following tasks:work with agricultural scientists using small plot experiments to compare plant varieties and test the effects of various treatments on growth and yieldwork with soil scientists to study irrigation techniques and analyse plants used in soil treatment experimentswork with plant breeders to produce new strains and select superior productswork with animal breeders using artificial insemination techniques to produce offspring that mature earlierrecord and interpret experimental data in field experimentsinterpret aerial photographs and prepare maps showing soil and vegetation patternsassist in the chemical analysis and laboratory culture of microorganisms that cause diseases in plants and animalscarry out research and provide advice about various technical issues.
Agricultural technical officers may work in laboratories, in the field or both. They usually work in a team with other scientists.
- good at science able to analyse and solve problems enjoy agriculture and the environment able to make accurate observations and recordings able to work as part of a team enjoy working outdoors.