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Belize Agricultural Health Authority seeks canine handlers

Posted: Friday, October 27, 2023. 9:58 am CST.

By Horace Palacio: The Belize Agricultural Health Authority (BAHA) has opened applications for the role of Canine Handler. This opportunity invites suitably qualified candidates with experience in handling canines, with particular emphasis on the detection of regulated agricultural commodities.

Minimum Qualifications and Skills Required:

  • Candidates should hold an Associate’s degree in Agricultural Science with prior experience working with canines.
  • Individuals possessing a high school diploma combined with experience in working with canines might also be considered.

Desirable traits include prior working experience as a canine handler.

Key Competencies:

  1. Robust professional ethics and practices.
  2. Proficiency in public relations.
  3. Fluency in English and a good grasp of Spanish.
  4. Possession of a valid class “A” driver’s license.
  5. Basic computer literacy skills, including proficiency in MS Word, Excel, and email communication.
  6. Teamwork orientation with a proactive approach.
  7. Knowledge of the agricultural sector.
  8. Excellent physical health and motor coordination.
  9. A keen observational eye, memory, and an inherent sense of orientation.
  10. Top-tier customer service skills.
  11. Flexibility to adapt to diverse work environments.
  12. Mastery in handling and working with canines.

Successful candidates will primarily be responsible for conducting quarantine inspections accompanied by canines to identify regulated agricultural commodities.

The BAHA has made a comprehensive list of duties available on their official website. The salary for the position is pegged to the BAHA Pay Scale 10 of 2016, which ranges between $17,810.76 and $34,014.72.

The chosen Canine Handlers will be stationed at the Designated Point of Entry.

Interested individuals should promptly submit their application letter, résumé, proof of qualifications, an official transcript, and two recent reference letters (dated within six months of the application). A valid police record should also accompany the application. The deadline for all applications is October 31, 2023.

Applications should be addressed to:

Human Resource Director
Belize Agricultural Health Authority,
P.O. Box 169, Cor. Hummingbird Hwy. & Forest Dr.
Belmopan, Belize
Phone: 501-822-0197, email: [email protected] website: baha.org.bz

Only candidates shortlisted will be contacted for an interview, which is scheduled for November 3, 2023.



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