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 yield
work with soil scientists to study irrigation techniques and analyse plants used in soil treatment experiments
work with plant breeders to produce new strains and select superior products
work with animal breeders using artificial insemination techniques to produce offspring that mature earlier
record and interpret experimental data in field experiments
interpret aerial photographs and prepare maps showing soil and vegetation patterns
assist in the chemical analysis and laboratory culture of microorganisms that cause diseases in plants and animals
carry 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.