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Development Officer Farms of the Future

Development Officer Farms of the Future

  • 496301
  • Agriculture
  • Multiple temporary full-time opportunities until 30th June 2025
  • Located in Orange or Narrabri NSW
  • Offering an attractive salary ranging from $66,298 through to $127,332 + super

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.


Want to apply your agricultural industry expertise in the emerging field of digital agriculture?  The NSW Government Future Ready Regions-Farms of the Future program has a great opportunity for Development Officers to join the Department of Primary Industries, Climate division.

As the one of the Developments Officers in the 5 targeted program pilot areas, the successful applicant will undertake field activities to contribute to the delivery of the Farms of the Future program.

This includes setting up and managing the local Agtech information hub, demonstration site and coordinate producer’s extension activities. This is a unique opportunity in the emerging field of digital agriculture, and a chance to play a critical role in the accelerated adoption of digital technologies in the sector


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, Agriculture (DPI Ag) leads agricultural industry development through extension, science and research, industry policy and regulatory compliance functions to foster sustainable and economic agricultural industries; and provides access to financial loans and grants through the Rural Assistance Authority (RAA).

The NSW Government has committed $48 million for an expansion of the Farms of the Future program. The Farms of the Future program will deliver on-farm connectivity and encourage farmers to adopt ag tech to boost productivity and improve resource management, including water efficiency and drought preparedness across 11 target local government areas (LGAs) in NSW.

The program is part of the Future Ready Regions strategy, that lays out the government’s plans to support and work with regional communities, farmers and industries, enabling them to become more self-reliant and better prepared for the impacts of future drought events and other economic shocks.

The Farms of the Future program is being delivered by the Department of Regional NSW in partnership with Primary Industries, who are leading the implementation of the program through to mid-2025, with the program team being a leading group within the DPI Agriculture Climate group. 


Working as a new Development Officer Farms of the Future you will: 

  • Partner with relevant DPI extension and education colleagues, regional industry and other stakeholders to develop adoption programs that accelerate the uptake of ag-tech in priority regions.
  • Provide timely information and advice to the project implementation team on current and emerging Agtech issues and regional industry development opportunities that will enhance the success of the program.
  • Manage a regional innovation hub and associated networks that support the successful adoption of Agtech farming technologies that are profitable and sustainable and aligned with industry and community needs.
  • Represent DPI Agriculture at events, meetings and other forums, including to present DPI’s work and to contribute to project planning.
  • Manage and monitor local implementation of the adoption program, overseeing all aspects of planning, development and implementation, including developing and executing plans, coordinating resources, meeting reporting requirements, and supporting project-related activities.
  • Ensure project outcomes are achieved on time, to quality standards and within agreed scope and budget in line with established agency project management methodology.
  • Build and maintain collaborative relationships with stakeholders, industry partners and organisations to achieve program objectives.


What you need to be successful as Development Officer Farms of the Future:

  • Degree in Animal Science, Agricultural Science, Agricultural Economics or other relevant discipline
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the NSW agricultural industry, the specific region and its farming systems, key profit drivers and factors impacting on productivity and sustainability
  • Proven experience in developing, delivering and evaluating collaborative projects for industry
  • Current NSW Driver Licence 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 Scott McKinnon on

You can view the full role description here.   

Farms of the Future overview | DPI Climate Branch


Applications close on Thursday, 3rd February 2022 @ 11.55pm


 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 12 months.


All Department of Regional NSW employees are required:

· to be fully vaccinated of a TGA approved COVID-19 vaccine by 30 January 2022 or

· have an approved medical contraindication.

You will be required to show proof of your COVID-19 vaccination status or apply for a medical exemption prior to securing a role.

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