• Belfast Port - Northern Ireland Civil Service
  • £ £13.99ph
  • Temporary
  • Larne Port - Livestock - NICS - Feb 2022
  • natalie.donnelly@premiere-agency.com

We are currently recruiting for a Livestock handler to start asap with Northern Ireland Civil Service based in Larne port.  The successful candidate will be required asap subject to approval of CV, the vetting process, an Access NI background check.  


Rate of pay:  £13.99ph 


Duration:  Initially expected to last up to 6 months with an option to extend.


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 8.24 hours duration every 24 hours i.e. early, late and overnight shifts

 An example of working times is as follows:


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

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

Night Shift: Sunday to Saturday  22.00 – 06.24


The working pattern is currently based on a recurring 4 week shift pattern of a combination of early, late and night shifts with rest days


Staff are required to work 6 nights during the night shift week.


Subject to business needs, shift patterns/times may vary and be subject to change. 


Job duties:


  • Taking a lead role in handling, restraining, moving, loading and unloading animals with due regard to the health and safety of staff and operators and also ensuring that animal welfare is not compromised. The species involved will include, but not be limited to, livestock (cattle, sheep, pigs, goats), equines (horses, donkeys etc.), poultry (including day-old chicks), small animals (commercial dogs and commercial transports of pet animals), live fish and other animals (deer, lamas and alpacas).
  • Ensuring that all animal handling and holding facilities are cleansed and disinfected between batches of animals to ensure that high levels of bio-security are maintained.
  • Move and present animals within inspection facilities to enable vets and inspectors to complete inspections consisting of physical and identity checks
  • Providing assistance to operators/transports loading and unloading animals 
  • Informing vets and inspectors of problems identified in consignments of animals:

– Animal sick or injured

– Additional animals on load

– Damage to vehicle which could cause suffering the animals

  • Using scanners to check the electronic identification of animals. This could be a micro-chip under the skin of horses or dogs or as part of an official ear tag e.g. sheep
  • Printing data of lists of official identifications from scanner to give to inspectors
  • Ensuring any spillage of effluent from transport vehicles is removed and the area within the DAERA compound is cleansed and disinfected
  • Removing seals from containers and open doors for inspection
  • Unloading product from containers for inspection by vets and portal inspectors
  • Reloading product after inspections and sampling is completed
  • Ensuring that inspections rooms are cleansed and disinfected between batches of products
  • Using appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Assisting with the inspection of potatoes and other plant products and reading/recording identifying marks on bags
  • Assisting in checks to ensure that timber is bark free
  • Assisting portal inspectors when inspecting the cleanliness of imported machinery
  • Driving a Departmental vehicle routinely as part of Portal duties. In the case of a suspect or an Epizootic outbreak you may be required to drive to any part of Northern Ireland.
  • Using vehicles and equipment:




No formal qualifications are required for entry into the role.


The characteristics and overall level of knowledge and skills which have to be most commonly applied in this role include:


  • Knowledge to include handling Livestock, Equines and small animals 
  • Be able to demonstrate two years’ experience in the last ten years of handling livestock
  • Be able to demonstrate two years’ experience in the last ten years of handling equines
  • A full valid UK driving licence continuously held for the last 3 years including categories B+E (car and trailer combinations) or equivalent towing requirement.***

**Livestock is defined as being agriculture animals, the main species being cattle, sheep, goats, pigs and poultry

Small animals includes cats, dogs and other pets

***an equivalent towing requirement is defined as holding a licence permitting towing of a trailer up to a weight of 3,500kg


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