Department of Regional NSW
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Farm Assistant

Farm Assistant

  • 499841
  • Agriculture
  • Field Officer
  • Pest and Weed Control
  • Primary Products
  • Ongoing full-time opportunity
  • Located in Narrabri NSW
  • Salary $53,498 up to $58,955 + super
  • An opportunity to join the public service and begin an exciting career with DPI

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
Within NSW DPI, Research & Business Excellence supports NSW DPI’s innovation and risk management goals by driving scientific excellence and strategy through our research institutes and stations and building strong scientific capability across DPI. The group also provides support and advice to drive business excellence across DPI through the Business Strategy and Performance team.

About the role
The Farm Assistant performs farming and field maintenance activities for the Department including commercial and research pasture/fodder crop production, and farm asset maintenance. The Farm Assistant works as part of a team supervised by the Farm Supervisor.

Working as a Farm Assistant you will:

  • Undertake general crop, pasture and farm operations.
  • Pasture/cropping activities such as paddock preparation, sowing, irrigation scheduling, herbicide and insecticide spraying, harvest, and cover cropping.
  • Operate and maintain tractors and other farm equipment.
  • Maintain farm and grounds as required including fencing, road works maintenance, and repair of Department buildings, plant and structures.
  • Accurately record details of paddock, chemical and machinery usage and of maintenance.
  • Work as part of a team to support the research work of the Department.

Essential requirements:

  • Current NSW Driver Licence
  • Chemical Accreditation AQF 3
  • Experience in the operation of broadacre farm machinery, plant and equipment


  • Previous experience in flood irrigation cropping systems

Apply now: All applications must be submitted online and should include your current resume and a cover letter outlining your suitability for this position.

If you would like to hear more about this role, please contact Bruce Etheridge at or mobile 0428269912 view role description.

Applications close: Sunday 3 July 2022 at 11.55pm

A recruitment pool may be created for ongoing and temporary roles of the same role or role type 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. 

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