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Senior Biosecurity Officer

Senior Biosecurity Officer

  • 499638
  • Agriculture
  • Environmental
  • Field Officer
  • Pest and Weed Control
  • Regulatory and Compliance

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.  

  • Full time ongoing contract available
  • Located in Braidwood NSW
  • Salary starting from $85,488 pa + superannuation
  • Knowledge of pest animal management in NSW ideal 

South East Local Land Services, have an exciting opportunity located in Braidwood for a for a highly motivated and well organised person, with strong leadership, planning and communication skills to manage, the biosecurity program functions and partner with landholders, community groups, government agencies and other stakeholders to help safeguard against risks of pests and diseases in the local area and across the broader South East region. 

As a Senior Biosecurity Officer, you will be both in the field and in the office as you:

  • Lead, manage and coordinate the day to day delivery of biosecurity programs and advisory services
  • Manage, support and provide guidance and direction to a team of Biosecurity Officers and Pest Animal Controllers
  • Plan, coordinate and lead operational projects, including animal and plant biosecurity surveillance activities, pest animal control programs and disease investigations
  • Deliver compliance programs to ensure legislated biosecurity obligations for pest and disease management and livestock and plant traceability are met
  • Be available and support other staff to prepare and respond to emergencies within the Agriculture and Animal Services Functional Area
  • Work collaboratively with other LLS teams from the agriculture, natural resource management, animal heath, and business services functions to deliver integrated customer service focused advice, projects and services.
  • Engage with landholders, community groups, government agencies and other stakeholders to raise awareness of biosecurity issues
  • Deliver and coordinate training to landholders on best practice pest management controls and support them to implement control programs  

Having comprehensive knowledge of invasive pest management and compliance as it relates to the Biosecurity Act 2015 and the Local Land Services Act 2013, you’ll be someone who can translate priorities, plans and standards into effective on ground field programs and projects, ensuring what we deliver is in line with the needs of our customers, land managers and the legislation that we operate under.

You will be a subject matter expert on biosecurity matters, particularly as it relates to pest animal control, and act as a reference point for the team in making decisions and giving guidance on challenging scenarios, managing industry and community expectations whilst operating in fast paced, technical environment where immediate requirements can take precedence over planned activities.

You’ll be a people person with exceptional written and oral communication skills to match and be adept at developing rapport, collaborating and coordinating with customers, stakeholders and investors to implement legislative requirements, policies, procedures and guidelines across a broad range of activities.

About You:

This is a role for someone who loves being in the field and working with people and animals, and to be successful you’ll need to have:

  • A Certificate IV in Government Investigations, or the ability and willingness to successfully complete it
  • Appropriate qualifications (minimum AQF3 level) and knowledge relevant to pesticide application
  • The capacity to hold an NSW firearms licence or equivalent, as well as obtain the Statement of Attainment - Use firearms to humanely destroy animals (AQF AHCVPT203A or AHCPMG304) and be willing to humanely euthanise animals when required.
  • The ability to be appointed as an Authorised Officer under the Biosecurity Act and the demonstrated ability to understand, interpret and apply legislation and regulations, preferably related to biosecurity matters.
  • A current NSW Class C Driver License and the ability and willingness to travel (including overnight stays) as required

If you are passionate about helping local communities to manage biosecurity risks and emergency situations, then we want to hear from you.

How to apply:

If this role sounds ideal to you, please apply via our online portal by submitting your resume and a brief (max. two page) cover letter outlining how your skills and experience match what we are looking for and the capabilities required for the role. We will then get back in touch after the closing date.

Applications through email will not be accepted. Expected starting date for the successful candidate will be end of September/early October 2022.

Closing Date: Sunday 10 July 2022 @ 11:55pm

For further information about this opportunity please contact Mark Lettfuss Local Manager Braidwood on 0439 203 188 or email mark.lettfuss@lls.nsw.gov.au You can also download the Role Description.

Additional Information:

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.

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