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

Farm Chemicals Officer

Farm Chemicals Officer

  • 494299
  • Animal Care
  • Environmental
  • Science and Technology
  • Ongoing opportunity
  • Orange location
  • Salary range $64,779 - $86,689 per annum plus superannuation (Professional Officer Grade 1/4)

 

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.

 

Background

The Department of Regional NSW was formed in 2020 as a central agency for regional issues. The 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.

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.

 

Primary Purpose

As a Farm Chemicals Officer, you will provide technical advice to inform policy and procedural development on agricultural and veterinary chemicals, fertilisers, stock foods and contaminants. This position also provides risk reduction advice to government, industry and the community on pest and disease controls.

 

Key Accountabilities

  • Provide technical advice and contribute to the development of risk reduction policies and procedures, collaborating with other Divisions of NSW DPI, other state and federal government agencies, industry and community stakeholders
  • Provide technical advice about the management of chemicals, fertilisers, stock foods and contaminants to staff, industry and community stakeholders, and clients
  • Support the delivery of compliance programs by providing technical advice on chemicals and contaminants legislation, evaluating program feedback, and monitoring industry and community regulatory and legislative compliance
  • Support the registration and approval of agricultural and veterinary chemicals; review of existing chemicals and the issue of permits in NSW by collating and reporting technical information and advice to the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA)
  • Analyse and report on potential chemical or contamination risks to inform risk management planning, policies and procedures, and emergency management preparedness, response and transition to management.
  • Provide current technical advice on management options for pests, disease and contaminants including response to inquiries and editorial support for NSW DPI staff publishing pest, disease and contaminant management information.
  • Comply with work standards according to the level of appointment in the Professional Officer Progression Criteria (1-4) scale in the Crown Employees (NSW Department of Industry) Professional Officers Award.

Applicants will require a Degree or higher degree in veterinary science, agriculture, plant science, or other area relevant to biosecurity and a current NSW Driver Licence. Additionally, applicants will need to demonstrate their ability priorities tasks and experience in communicating to both internal and external stakeholders.

If you have the capability to achieve success in this role, we would love to hear from you!

 

Applying for the Role

Apply by submitting a current resume (max. 5 pages) and a brief cover letter (max. 2 pages) which outlines your skills and experience relevant to the role.

For more information about the role, please click here to view the role description.

If you would like to hear more about this role please contact Jenene Kidston on 0429 793 085 or alternatively jenene.kidston@dpi.nsw.gov.au.

Closing Date:  Sunday 16th May 2021 @ 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 18 months.

Closing date: May 16, 2021

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