Department of Regional NSW
Animal, Wallaby, Kangaroo, Mammal, Wildlife, Antelope

Biosecurity Support Officer

Biosecurity Support Officer

  • 494321
  • Environmental
  • Regulatory and Compliance
  • Two roles available
  • Full-time ongoing position located in Wagga Wagga
  • Full-time 2-year contract located in Hay
  • Salary starting from $ 64,779 pa + 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.

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.

Riverina Local Land Services are looking for two Biosecurity Support Officers to assist with the delivery of animal biosecurity and welfare, plant biosecurity, invasive species, and emergency response operational frontline, field service, and regulatory activities across the region.

Currently, two positions are available (one based in Wagga and one in Hay) and these roles have three main focuses:

  • Undertaking day to day in the field delivery of animal and plant biosecurity activities and programs
  • Assisting with regulatory compliance work to ensure legislated biosecurity obligations including pest and disease management and livestock and plant traceability are met
  • Assisting with new and emerging animal and plant biosecurity issues, incidents, and emergency responses

  • If successful, the role includes a large amount of training, and as such you will need to be willing and prepared to learn.

    These roles carry a lot of responsibility and the successful candidate will need to be honest, reliable, and trustworthy - someone who can build strong professional relationships with landholders, stakeholders, and businesses, and who can provide sound advice and apply appropriate regulations as they relate to pest animals, plant health and disease control.

    You will need to be able to follow procedures and processes (especially as you’ll be handling dangerous substances and pesticides), and be able to balance your work in an environment that is technically complex and often unpredictable and where emergency situations may take priority over planned activities.

    About You:
    This is a role for someone who loves being in the field and working with people and animals, and to be successful you’ll need to have a current NSW Class C Driver License and the ability and willingness to travel (including overnight stays) as required.

    Ideally, applicants should have some or all of the following qualifications, however, if not you will need to have the ability and willingness to obtain these as part of your employment in the role:

    • Appropriate pesticide application qualifications (minimum AQF3 level)
    • The capacity to hold a NSW firearms licence or equivalent, as well as obtain the Statement of Attainment - Use firearms to humanely destroy animals (AQF AHCVPT203A or AHCPMG304)


    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 (ideally no more than 2 pages) outlining how your skills and experience match what we are looking for. We will then get back in touch after the closing date.

    Applications through email will not be accepted.

    Closing Date:  25th April 2021 @ 11:55pm

    For further information about this opportunity please contact Suzie Holbery on 0427 592 322.  You can also download the Role Description.

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

    Closing date: Apr 25, 2021

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