Department of Regional NSW
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Operational Staff

Operational Staff

  • 502071
  • Agriculture

The DPI Infrastructure, Investment & Business Branch are seeking an experienced Farm Assistant to join the team in Cowra.

  • On-going full time role
  • Located at Cowra, NSW
  • Salary ranging from $ 54,851.00 to $ 60,447.00 + super

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 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.

The DPI Infrastructure, Investment & Business Branch works across the breadth of DPI and is focused on maximising utilisation and productivity of the Department’s infrastructure portfolio. Through strong partnerships we also identify commercialisation pathways and help share DPI’s future investments. Our programs focus on transforming our connections with customers through data and excellence in customer service and delivery of assistance programs.

About the role

The Farm Assistant performs farming and field maintenance activities for the Department including commercial and research horticulture and livestock activities and farm asset maintenance. The Farm Assistant works as part of a team supervised by the Farm Manager.

Working as a Farm Assistant you will:

  • Undertake general crop, pasture, animal and farm operations
  • Partake in cropping activities such as sowing winter crops, summer crops & pasture, applying fertiliser herbicide and insecticide spraying, harvest and cover cropping
  • Complete animal husbandry as required, record livestock data for management & research purposes and maintain the welfare of farm animals
  • 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 stock, paddock, chemical and machinery usage and of maintenance
  • Work as part of a team to support the research work of the Department.


About you:

The successful applicant will have:

  • Experience in undertaking physical work in a variety of environmental conditions
  • Knowledge of, and experience in, maintaining diverse, sensitive and complex research plots/projects.
  • Experience in maintaining high quality farm records.

Essential requirements:

  • Current NSW Driver Licence
  • Chemical Accreditation AQF 3 or eligibility to obtain.
  • Current forklift licence or eligibility to obtain.

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 Mark Oosterveen via email on mark.oosterveen@dpi.nsw.gov.au. Click to view the role description.

Applications close on Thursday, 1st December 2022 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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