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Vacancy: Regional Plant Biosecurity Officer, Australia

Vacancy: Regional Plant Biosecurity Officer, Australia
Posted on: Jul.8.2021

Organisation/Entity: Primary Industries
Job Category: Environmental Science and Technology
Job Location:
Central & North Coasts - Newcastle & Hunter Valley / Port Macquarie & Mid-North Coast
Regional NSW / Goulburn & Southern Tablelands
Regional NSW / Dubbo & West NSW
Regional NSW / Tamworth & North West NSW

Job Reference Number:495389
Work Type: Full-Time
Total Remuneration Package:Professional Officer Grade 1/4
Closing Date: 21/07/2021 - 11:55 PM

-3 x full time, ongoing opportunities
-Armidale, Coffs Harbour, Queanbeyan and Dubbo locations considered
-Offering an attractive salary ranging from $64,973 - $124,786 + super

We encourage applicants from all backgrounds including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, culturally and linguistically diverse groups, the LGBTIQ+ community, veterans, refugees, and people with disability. We support an inclusive workplace where staff have access to opportunities and resources at all levels, enabling our team members to drive innovation, productivity and delivery of high-quality services.

We provide dignified access to reasonable adjustments both during the recruitment process and in the workplace. If you require reasonable adjustment during the recruitment process, please call or text the contact for this role.

About Us

The NSW Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI) supports the development of profitable primary industries that create a more prosperous NSW and contributes to a better environment through the sustainable use of natural resources.

Within NSW DPI, the Biosecurity & Food Safety Division is responsible for effective management and risk minimisation of biosecurity threats to NSW as well as the through-chain regulation of food safety. It delivers a risk based approach to policy and compliance, and provides regional engagement and coordination in response to emergency incidents and natural disasters impacting primary industries and the food sector.

What will you be doing:

The role will involve applying your experience, knowledge and skills in plant pest and disease surveillance and equipping others as you coordinate regional plant biosecurity programs and participate in emergency plant pest responses.

Working as one of the new Regional Plant Biosecurity Officers you will:

-Collaborate with plant biosecurity stakeholders in regional NSW including plant industries and
government agencies.
-Coordinate plant pest and disease awareness, training and surveillance programs.
-Deliver the collection, analysis and reporting of plant biosecurity surveillance data.
-Deliver practical, technical knowledge and tools to address regional plant biosecurity issues in a timely
and effective manner and promote the adoption of good biosecurity practices.
-Respond to plant biosecurity incidents and contribute to the operational aspects of biosecurity

What you need to be successful as a Regional Plant Biosecurity Officer:

-Tertiary qualifications in agriculture, plant science, entomology, ecology or other area relevant to plant biosecurity
-Demonstrated understanding of plant biosecurity and plant pest and disease surveillance and response methodologies, with skillful application of your knowledge to practical, collaborative plant biosecurity programmes and responses.
-Current NSW Driver’s Licence with a good driving record and the ability and willingness to travel.

Why work for Department of Regional NSW (DRNSW)?

Exciting career pathways and opportunities:
We offer vibrant and exciting career paths for people from a wide range of backgrounds and skills. Once you join the NSW Government, you’ll be supported to develop your skills and expertise through ongoing training, and opportunities to move easily from role to role, and agency to agency across the entire NSW government.

Providing a safe, supportive, ethical, diverse and inclusive workplace for our people is one of our priorities. We run a variety of programs and provide a range of supporting resources to ensure the wellbeing of all our people.

Our people:
Join DRNSW and you’ll be joining a team of more than 4,000 passionate people spread across a diverse range of disciplines and functions including - public works, land services, fisheries, agriculture and biosecurity. If you’re motivated and passionate about making a difference to the people of regional NSW we invite you to become part of our story.

Apply now:

All applications must be submitted online and should include your current resume and a cover letter telling us why you’re a great fit.
If you would like to hear more about this role, please contact Kathy Gott on
Click here to view the role description.
Click here for more details and online application

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