Department of Regional NSW
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Farm Chemicals Officer

Farm Chemicals Officer

  • 502000
  • Agriculture
  • Environmental
  • Environmental Science
  • Field Officer
  • Natural and Physical Science
  • Pest and Weed Control
  • Projects

Department of Primary Industries, Biosecurity and Food Safety division are currently seeking Farm Chemicals Officer to join their high performing and highly dedicated team!

  • Ongoing full-time opportunity available
  • All regional NSW locations considered
  • Offering a salary range from $67,975.00 - $130,553.00p.a. + superannuation

Commensurate with qualifications, skills and experience, as outlined in the Crown Employees (Department of Industry, Skills and Regional Development) Professional Officers Award and the NSW DPI Professional Officer Progression Criteria

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 Us 

The Department of Regional NSW (DRNSW) was formed in 2020 as a central agency for regional issues. The Department has 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 impacting primary industries and the food sector.

About the role

Provide technical advice to inform policy and procedural development on agricultural and veterinary chemicals, fertilisers, stockfoods and contaminants. The role also provides risk reduction advice to government, industry and the community on pest and disease controls.

In this role your key accountabilities will be:

  • 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 with regard to the management of chemicals, fertilisers, stockfoods 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.

Essential Requirements

  • Degree or higher degree in veterinary science, agriculture, plant science, or other area relevant to biosecurity.
  • Current NSW Driver Licence.

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 Jenene Kidston at jenene.kidston@dpi.nsw.gov.au. View role description.

Applications close on Wednesday, 30 November 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 eighteen months. The successful applicant in this role may be required to undergo a police check, health assessment and other assessments as required.

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. 

Wellbeing

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.

Inclusion and Flexible Working

We strive to reflect the community we serve and encourage our people to explore new ways of working across Regional NSW. We are open to arrangements that help individuals balance their work and life commitments. We embrace difference and welcome applications from people of all backgrounds.

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