Department of Regional NSW
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Shark Meshing Observer

Shark Meshing Observer

  • 496116
  • Environmental
  • Temporary Full-time role until June 2023
  • Fisheries Technician Grade 1/2
  • Located in Ourimbah
  • Salary ranging from $48,450 to $74,450pa plus superannuation


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.


What you will be doing  


You will be joining DPI Fisheries, providing support to the Shark Meshing Program through the observation and documentation of information associated with contractor meshing operations and the collection of appropriate biological samples. As part of this role you will observe and document the procedures involved in the setting, hauling or running of nets within the region to ensure it is being undertaken in accordance with the Joint Management Agreement (JMA) and all departmental terms and conditions.


DPI Fisheries is responsible for administration of the Fisheries Management Act 1994 and the Marine Estate Management Act 2014. The primary objective of DPI Fisheries is to deliver on expectations relating to both economic growth and careful stewardship of our aquatic resources. They lead NSW fisheries and aquaculture industry management, development and conservation through research, policy and regulatory compliance to foster sustainable and economically viable commercial, recreational and aboriginal fishing and aquaculture sectors. DPI Fisheries also manages the protection of key fish habitats and marine biodiversity, threatened species, oversees fish stock conservation, and administers the State’s shark mitigation and incident response programs (hereinafter referred to as the Shark Program).


What you will need to be to be successful in this role: 


  • Experience in the identification of a variety of marine species; especially shark species
  • Experience in the use of biological sampling equipment and techniques in the marine environment, and capacity to transport and appropriately store biological samples
  • Ability to work at sea and under a variety of hydrological and climatic conditions while complying with relevant Departmental and legislative obligations with respect to Workplace Health and Safety
  • Ability to liaise and provide information to private contractors
  • Ability to manoeuvre and tow trailers
  • Current First Aid Certificate and NSW Drivers licence
  • Ability to use various computer programs and mobile applications
  • Good attention to detail


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. 




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. 


Apply now:


All applications must be submitted online and should include your current resume and a cover letter telling us why you’re a great fit.


To find out more about this role, please contact or CLICK HERE to access the role description


Applications close on Sunday 24th October, 2021 at 11.00pm.


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. 

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