Sheep Scab Technical Officer x 3

x3 Sheep Scab Technical Officers

The post provides an exciting and challenging opportunity for a pro-active and innovative person. The college wishes to employ 3 Technical Officers for the Animal Health & Welfare Wales – Eradicating Sheep Scab in Wales Programme which has been funded by the Welsh Government. The overall aim of the project is to deliver a Wales sheep scab eradication programme. This will involve working with sheep farmers and liaising with their vets to diagnose the presence of active scab. Working with groups of farmers in hot spots to agree the most suitable time for treatment using mobile contract sheep dippers. Costs of dipping infected farms will be fully funded by the programme. Monitoring the levels of farmer participation with the programme and answering questions and queries from farmers regarding the programme in general or their specific results. 

To achieve an all Wales programme coverage we are looking to recruit 3 Technical Officers, 1 covering North Wales, 1 Mid Wales and 1 South Wales.

Travel will include visiting all sheep farms registered on the programme in your areas but also to the programme hub at Gelli Aur at the following frequencies:

- 1 day per week for North Wales officer
- 2 days per week for Mid Wales officer
- 3 days per week for South Wales officer

Main Responsibilities

Be the contact point for farmers in your area to discuss and report sheep scab infection to; 

  • Work with vets to diagnose the presence of active scab; 
  • Liaise with farmers and mobile contract sheep dippers and organise dipper visits to treat all sheep on the infected farms; 
  • Ensure that records of activity and reports are being maintained to Welsh Government audit standards; 
  • Be present at local sheep shows and sales. 
  • Skills Knowledge and Expertise

Essential Criteria:

  • A wide experience of both hill and lowland sheep farming in Wales 
  • Experience of working with farmers and the ability to communicate and, when required, negotiate solutions 
  • Using spreadsheets/databases 
  • Good understanding and experience of Microsoft Office 
  • Relevant qualification, at level 3 
  • GCSE English and Mathematics at minimum Grade C or O Level equivalent 
  • Good communicator with diplomacy and tact 
  • Good analytical skills 
  • Good interpersonal and organisational skills
  • Ability to work harmoniously with colleagues 
  • Ability to work under pressure and to tight deadlines 
  • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality 
  • Welsh Language Requirements:
  • Welsh Oracy (Listening/Speaking) - Level 2/3
  • Welsh Literacy (Writing/Reading) - Level 1/2

Persons are welcome to apply for posts in Welsh and applications made in Welsh will not be treated less favourably than an application made in English.


  • You will receive 28 days holiday, plus bank holidays and five closure days which totals at 41 days holiday per year. You also receive an additional 4 days after 5 years service.
  • Extremely generous pension scheme with employer contributions of 20%.
  • Award-winning professional learning and development programme.  
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Free on-site car parking
  • Online and instore retail discounts

About Coleg Sir Gar & Coleg Ceredigion

Coleg Sir Gâr was created in 1985 and became a corporate institution in 1993. In 2013 it became Coleg Sir Gar Ltd, a company within the University of Wales: Trinity Saint David Group, and part of a regional Dual Sector University. The College has an annual turnover of over £35m and employs around 800 staff.

Coleg Ceredigion was created in 1985 and became a corporate institution in 1993. The college merged with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David as a subsidiary company in 2014.  The college has an annual turnover of £6m and employs around 180 staff.

The College is based in South West Wales and has seven main campuses at Llanelli (Graig), Carmarthen (Pibwrlwyd and Jobs Well), Ammanford, Llandeilo (Gelli Aur), Aberystwyth and Cardigan. The College is also home to Carmarthen School of Art which has its origins dating back to 1854.

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