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Job Number: 41876
Department: Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department 
Job Title: Agricultural Officer 
Salary: Master Pay Scale Point 27 ($53,195) to Master Pay Scale Point 44 ($105,175) per month 
Entry Requirements: Candidates should have
(a) a Hong Kong first or second class honours degree in an appropriate subject in Applied or Natural Science, Agricultural Economics, Economics, or equivalent (Note 1);
(b) three years’ post-graduate experience in an appropriate field or a Hong Kong higher degree or post-graduate diploma (Note 2) in an appropriate subject in Applied or Natural Science, or equivalent; and
(c) ‘Level 1’ results (Note 3) in the two language papers [Use of Chinese (Note 4) and Use of English (Note 4 & Note 5)] in the Common Recruitment Examination (CRE). A pass result in the Aptitude Test in the CRE is also required. 
Note: (1) For example, Agronomy, Bioresource, Horticulture Science, Pomology and other subjects related to agricultural development and crop farming.
(2) Post-graduate students expecting to obtain the required higher degree within six months may also apply. Consideration for appointment will be subject to their success in obtaining the required higher qualification.
(3) The results of the Use of Chinese (UC) and Use of English (UE) papers in the Common Recruitment Examination (CRE) are classified as Level 2, Level 1 or Fail, with Level 2 being the highest.
(4) For civil service appointment purpose, Level 5 or above in Chinese Language of the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination (HKDSEE); or Grade C or above in Chinese Language and Culture or Chinese Language and Literature of the Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (HKALE), are accepted as equivalent to Level 2 in the UC paper of the CRE. Level 4 in Chinese Language of the HKDSEE; or Grade D in Chinese Language and Culture or Chinese Language and Literature of the HKALE, are accepted as equivalent to Level 1 in the UC paper of the CRE. Level 5 or above in English Language of the HKDSEE; or Grade C or above in Use of English of the HKALE; or Grade C or above in English Language of the General Certificate of Education (Advanced Level) (GCE A Level), are accepted as equivalent to Level 2 in the UE paper of the CRE. Level 4 in English Language of the HKDSEE; or Grade D in Use of English of the HKALE; or Grade D in English Language of the GCE A Level, are accepted as equivalent to Level 1 in the UE paper of the CRE.
(5) Applicants with an overall band of 6.5 or above with no subtest score below band 6 obtained in the same sitting in the Academic Module of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) within the two-year validity period of the test result are accepted as equivalent to Level 2 in the UE paper of the CRE. The IELTS test result must be valid on any date during the application period.
(6) For the purpose of heightening public awareness of the Basic Law (BL) and promoting a culture of learning of BL in the community, applicants for civil service jobs will be assessed on their BL knowledge. The BL test result will constitute an appropriate weighting in a candidate’s overall assessment. 
Duties: An Agricultural Officer is mainly deployed on (a) undertaking research or advisory work in horticulture such as greenhouse production technology, organic cultivation, farm production and crop nutrition; or in plant protection or livestock husbandry; (b) implementing relevant agricultural regulations and quarantine work; (c) conducting studies or research work in agricultural economics, development and extension; and (d) wholesale food market planning and management.

(Note: May be required to work irregular hours or shift duties; work in the New Territories; and drive a Government vehicle.) 
Terms of Appointment: A new recruit will normally be appointed on civil service probationary terms for three years. Upon passage of probation bar, he/she may be considered for appointment on the prevailing permanent terms. 
General Notes: (a) Candidates must be permanent residents of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region at the time of appointment unless specified otherwise.
(b) As an Equal Opportunities Employer, the Government is committed to eliminating discrimination in employment. The vacancy advertised is open to all applicants meeting the basic entry requirement irrespective of their disability, sex, marital status, pregnancy, age, family status, sexual orientation and race.
(c) Civil service vacancies are posts on the civil service establishment. Candidates selected for these vacancies will be appointed on civil service terms of appointment and conditions of service and will become civil servants on appointment.
(d) The entry pay, terms of appointment and conditions of service to be offered are subject to the provisions prevailing at the time the offer of appointment is made.
(e) The information on the maximum pay point is for reference only and may be subject to changes.
(f) Fringe benefits include paid leave, medical and dental benefits, and where appropriate, assistance in housing.
(g) Where a large number of candidates meet the specified entry requirements, the recruiting department may devise shortlisting criteria to select the better qualified candidates for further processing. In these circumstances, only shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend recruitment examination and/or interview.
(h) It is Government policy to place people with a disability in appropriate jobs wherever possible. If a disabled candidate meets the entry requirements, he/she will be invited to attend the selection interview/written examination without being subject to further shortlisting. Applicants who have declared disabilities found suitable for appointment may be given an appropriate degree of preference over other applicants whose suitability for appointment is considered comparable to that of the former. The Government policy and other related measures on employment of persons with disabilities are set out in the booklet “Employ People Based on Their Abilities – Application for Government Jobs by Persons with Disabilities” which is available for reference on the Civil Service Bureau's website at http://www.csb.gov.hk under “Administration of the Civil Service – Appointments”.
(i) Holders of academic qualifications other than those obtained from Hong Kong institutions/Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority may also apply but their qualifications will be subject to assessments on equivalence with the required entry qualifications. They should submit copies of their official transcripts and certificates by mail to the below enquiry address.
(j) Towards the application deadline, our on-line system would likely be overloaded due to large volume of applications. To ensure timely completion of your on-line application, it is advisable to submit the application as early as possible. 
How to apply: Application Forms [G.F. 340 (Rev. 3/2013)] are obtainable from any Home Affairs Enquiry Centres of District Offices, Home Affairs Department and any Job Centres of the Employment Services Division, Labour Department. The said form can also be downloaded from the Civil Service Bureau’s website (http://www.csb.gov.hk). Completed forms should be forwarded to the enquiry address of the recruiting department below on or before the closing date for application. Please specify the title of the post being applied for on the envelope and ensure that sufficient postage is paid. Online application can also be made available through the Civil Service Bureau’s website (http://www.csb.gov.hk). Applicants are encouraged to provide their email addresses on the application forms. Applications which are incomplete, late or submitted by fax / email will not be considered. Candidates who are selected for interview will normally receive an invitation (by email or by post) in about eight to ten weeks from the closing date for application. Those who are not invited for interview may assume that their applications are unsuccessful. 
Enquiry Address: Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department, 5/F, Cheung Sha Wan Government Offices, 303 Cheung Sha Wan Road, Kowloon 
Enquiry Telephone: 2150 6687 
Closing Date(dd/mm/yyyy): 28/06/2019 23:59:00 
Newspaper(s) Advertised and Date(s): Ming Pao Daily News (14 June 2019) & South China Morning Post (15 & 22 June 2019) 
Web Site of Department: http://www.afcd.gov.hk 
Application via Internet: Online GF340 
Advertising Date 14/06/2019