Department of Regional NSW
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Biosecurity Officer

Biosecurity Officer

  • 500375
  • Agriculture
  • Environmental
  • Field Officer
  • Pest and Weed Control
  • Regulatory and Compliance
  • Full-time ongoing position
  • Located in Scone, NSW – a part of the Hunter LLS region
  • Salary starting from $74,117.00pa + super

Who is the Department of Regional NSW? Why work for us?
Our Department is responsible for building resilient regional economies and communities, strengthening primary industries, managing the use of regional land, overseeing the state’s mineral and mining resources and ensuring government investment in regional NSW is fair and delivers positive outcomes for local communities and businesses.

Diversity and inclusion are core values of the Department of Regional NSW. We encourage applications from people with a range of backgrounds, experiences and perspectives. This includes differences in culture, gender, sexual orientation, language and disability status or other attributes. The Department of Regional NSW is a workplace where everyone is able to contribute and participate to their full potential, and we are proud to have a team that reflects the richness and complexity of the regional NSW communities we serve. 

About the Role:
As a Biosecurity Officer, you will be involved in both invasive pest animal and animal biosecurity functional areas within the Hunter region. You will be part of a team of Biosecurity Officers based at various locations across the region delivering on the ground services. Some of the daily duties of a Biosecurity Officer include:

• Programme coordination as detailed in the Hunter Regional Pest Animal Plan

• Saleyard attendance

• Assisting District Veterinarian with animal health programmes

• Emergency Management training and operations


What you need to do the role

  • Certificate IV in Government Investigations, or ability to successfully complete same
  • Appropriate qualifications relevant to pesticide application
  • Ability to assist with team projects such as aerial baiting, pest animal control as well as providing support to the district vet team as required.  
  • Ability to contribute at team meetings and provide updates to management on current issues, projects and intended outcomes, as well as attend training as required.
  • Excellent communication skills to engage and collaborate with clients, provide advice and apply appropriate regulations as they related to biosecurity activities
  • Demonstrated experience in following procedures and processes (especially as you’ll be handling dangerous substances and pesticides). 
  • Capacity to hold a NSW firearms license or equivalent, and a Statement of Attainment (to Use Firearms to humanely destroy animals AQF AHCVPT203A, AHCPMG304) and be appointed as an Authorised Officer under the Biosecurity Act
  • Have a Current NSW Class C Driver and be willing to undertake regular travel within the region


About You:
If you are positive, with a solution-focused attitude and someone who enjoys just getting things done – this could be the position for you! Your greatest asset will be your ability to work collaboratively in a team environment, but also be able to work independently when necessary. You will enjoy working with animals out in the field, but also be able to work well in an office environment.  

For more information on the role you can download the role description.

How to apply:
If this role sounds ideal to you, please apply via our online portal by submitting your resume and a brief cover letter outlining how your skills and experience match what we are looking for. We will then get back in touch after the closing date.

Closing Date: Tuesday 16th August 2022 @ 11:55pm

For further information about this opportunity please contact Luke Booth – Team Lead Invasive Species & Plant Health on 0408 681 576 or via luke.booth@lls.nsw.gov.au.

Additional Information:
The successful applicant in this role may be required to undergo a police check, health assessment and other assessments as required.

A talent pool may be created from this recruitment action for ongoing and temporary roles of the same standard that may become available for filling over the next eighteen months.

Who is the Department of Regional NSW? Why work for us?
Our Department is responsible for building resilient regional economies and communities, strengthening primary industries, managing the use of regional land, overseeing the state’s mineral and mining resources and ensuring government investment in regional NSW is fair and delivers positive outcomes for local communities and businesses.

Local Land Services (LLS) is an Executive Agency related to the Department of Regional NSW. We embrace flexible work and are committed to our delivery of quality services to rural and regional landholders. Together we deliver the State Outcome ‘Productive and sustainable Landuse’ that includes Caring for Country through sustainable agriculture, plant and animal biosecurity, natural resource management, land management, emergency services, private native forestry and the Soil Conservation Service.

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