• Larne Port - Northern Ireland Civil Service
  • Temporary
  • ND - CHM - Agriculture Inspectors - Northern Ireland Civil Service
  • natalie.donnelly@premiere-agency.com

We are currently recruiting for Agriculture Inspectors to start asap with Northern Ireland Civil Service in Larne port.  The roles will be starting asap subject to approval of your CV, the vetting process, an Access NI background check and proof of your relevant qualifications to qualify.  


Rate of pay:  £13.52ph or £16.22ph where shift disturbance is applicable. 


Job duties:


Agriculture Inspector Group 1   

The purpose of the post is to provide support to veterinary staff who carry out sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) on eligible goods entering Northern Ireland (NI) Points of Entry i.e. NI sea and airports with effect from 1st January 2021. 

The Inspector Group 1 will work as part of a team which will monitor the import and export of livestock, animal products, poultry, plants and timber. The Inspector Group 1 will ensure compliance with import and export regulations, complete checks to detect and prevent illegal movements and illegal import of products of animal origin. The Inspector Group 1 will issue rectification and detention notices for non-compliances.


The Inspector Group 1 will assist with the investigation of animal import and export discrepancies.


The Inspector Group 1 will complete inspections at Ports to prevent the entry of Epizootic disease.


Full training will be provided.




Applicants must, by the closing date for applications have:


  1. At least 4 GCSE/GCE “O” levels at Grade C or above in 4 subjects

(including English and Mathematics) or equivalent*




  1. (i) A Level 3 Work-based Diploma in Agriculture.




(ii) A BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Agriculture.




(iii) Equivalent**




  1. At least 3 months’ experience gained within the last 5 years of working with livestock.


“Livestock is defined as being agricultural animals, the main species being cattle, sheep, pigs, goats and poultry”.


A driving license including the capability to tow vehicles would be an advantage in the event that they may be required to drive departmental vehicles.


Hours of work:


37 hours per week excluding lunch breaks. This will be worked as part of a shift arrangement which will include regular weekend and night duty.  It is expected that the four-week shift pattern will provide coverage for 3 shifts of 8 hours duration every 24 hours i.e. early, late and overnight shift as follows 

An example of working times is as follows:


Early Shift: Monday to Sunday 06:00 – 14:24

Late Shift: Monday to Sunday 14:00 – 22:24

Night Shift: Sunday to Saturday 22.00 – 06.24



Working a shift pattern attracts a shift disturbance of 20% in line with section 8.24 of the NICS staff handbook.  These rotas include, within working hours, a requirement to attend on public, bank and privilege holidays which will compensated for in line with 8,08 of the NICSH staff handbook.


Shift patterns may be subject to change, determined by business needs. 


If interested, please apply an updated CV via the link below.