Role: Plant Health & Seed Inspector Location: National - multiple locations Salary: £24,918 or £27,963 if working in London Grade: Executive Officer (EO) Contract: 24 month Fixed Term Contract, with potential to become permanent Shifts: Post where shift working is required will attract an additional 12.5% allowance. Start Date: 01/04/21(earlier of possible) Introduction Working in the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) as a Plant Health & Seed Inspector, you'll be an important part of our shared vision of creating a great place for living, making sure the planting materials we secure are of high quality, and meet the standards of plant health legislation. The Role Joining our Plant Health and Seed Inspectorate (PHSI), you will play a crucial role in protecting plant health across trade, agriculture and the environment. Inspecting imported plants, planting material and produce to make sure they comply with the UK's import regulations, you'll help prevent the introduction of any non-native, potentially harmful organisms. You'll survey crops, and carry out soil samples, excluding, containing or eradicating any quarantine plant pests that could harm the UK's indigenous plants and ecosystems. In doing so, you'll help us avoid using widespread chemical treatments by preventing quarantine pests from become established in the UK. You will also contribute to the work of the Horticultural Marketing Inspectorate to delivery marketing standards for fresh produce through the marketing chain. Your responsibilities include: Inspecting and certifying plants and plant material for export, following our guidelines as well as the importing country's requirements Advising exporters on the requirements for successful export Devising emergency measures to contain potential outbreaks of pests and diseases Carrying out crop surveys and soil sampling to prevent pests and diseases Follow regulations made under the Plant Health Order 2015 and related acts Deliver work on behalf of APHA Business Improvement Groups Who we're looking for Your application will be assessed using the Civil Service Success Profiles recruitment framework. We'll use a range of criteria to describe the requirements of the post to you, and you'll have the chance to show us how you fit the criteria during the selection process. Not all posts will make use of every criteria. The ideal candidate is experienced in professional horticulture. You'll have extensive industry experience, good plant, pest and disease identification skills, and an understanding of biosecurity measures. Equally, you might be qualified to HND level or higher in a horticultural, agricultural or biological science with some industry experience. We'll look to you to manage this quality service with expertise and efficiency, taking the needs of customers and stakeholders into account. You're an effective worker both independently and as part of a team, with experience of delivering in a fast paced, people facing environment. What's in it for me? In return you'll have access to lots of training and development; civil servants are encouraged to have a minimum of five days of learning and development each year. You'll also receive: · 25 days holiday (rising over 5 years to 30 days), 8 Bank holidays, and an additional day in May to mark the Queen's birthday · Flexible working options where appropriate · A choice of two pensions schemes · A staff recognition scheme · Interest free loans towards season tickets, or the cost of a bike About us If there is one characteristic that marks us out at the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA), it is pride. We are proud to use our professionalism and expertise to safeguard animal and plant health across the UK for the benefit of the environment, the economy and the millions of people who live here. At APHA, you will be part of a diverse team of over 2,000 skilled and committed professionals who share this inspiring goal. Together, we protect endangered wildlife, conduct research into bacterial, viral and parasitic diseases and vaccines, facilitate international trade in animals, identify and control endemic and exotic diseases, and manage a programme of bee inspections, diagnostics, research and training.