Department of Regional NSW
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Research Horticulturist - Entomology

Research Horticulturist - Entomology

  • 498810
  • Agriculture
  • Environmental
  • Environmental Science
  • Pest and Weed Control
  • Science and Technology
  • Ongoing (permanent) full time role
  • Location – Wollongbar NSW
  • Salary ranging from $66,298 to $127,332 pa + super
  • Excellent opportunity to make a difference to rural communities in NSW

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.

 

About the Role

This exciting role works within the Northern Horticulture unit and undertakes research and development (especially field-based trials) focusing on pest management across key sub-tropical horticultural crops to enhance their success economically, socially and environmentally.

The role works closely with horticulture development officers, plant pathologists and other specialist staff across a diverse range of industries including macadamias, blueberries and bananas ensuring the horticulture’s biosecurity requirements are monitored and met.

This role is critical for horticulture as the position provides critical pest management research and also serves as part of our biosecurity capacity to detect new and emerging threats to horticultural crops in northern NSW.

 

About you

We’re seeking someone with a Degree in Agricultural/Horticultural Science or another relevant discipline. You’ll also need a current NSW Driver License and the ability and willingness to travel.

To be successful in this role you will need experience in developing, delivering and evaluating collaborative projects for industry, and the ability to design, conduct and analyse entomological field trials that are complex in nature and utilize integrated pest management (IPM) principles.

You will also need to have demonstrated knowledge of the NSW agricultural industry, the specific region and its farming systems, key profit drivers and factors impacting on productivity and sustainability.

 

About us

The Department of Regional NSW (DRNSW) was formed in April 2020 as a central agency for regional issues. At the Department, we are focused on creating a liveable, inclusive and sustainable New South Wales with thriving natural environments and strong primary industries. We are the stewards of our state’s physical and environmental assets - both natural and built - and we work hard every day to ensure New South Wales continues to flourish.

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.

 

Why work for Department of Regional NSW?

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.

 

Applying for the role

If this sounds like the perfect job for you, simply submit a cover letter and current resume outlining your experience and capabilities relevant to the role. Your cover letter should be no more than 2 pages long and address the key accountabilities within the full role description.

If you would like to hear more about this role please contact Kevin Quinlan on kevin.quinlan@dpie.nsw.gov.au.

Alternatively, view the full role description.

 

Applications close 11:55pm, Sunday the 22nd of May 2022.

 

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 18 months.

 

All Department of Regional NSW employees are required to show evidence of:

  • being fully vaccinated with a TGA approved COVID-19 vaccine and; or
  • having an approved ongoing medical contraindication.

You will be required to show proof of your COVID-19 vaccination status or approved COVID19 Vaccination medical exemption at the time of your application submission

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