Department of Regional NSW
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Team Leader - Operations Sustainable Agriculture

Team Leader - Operations Sustainable Agriculture

  • 500057
  • Agriculture
  • Environmental
  • Ongoing Full-time position
  • North Coast LLS Region
  • Location is negotiable within the North Coast region being Kempsey, Grafton, Wollongbar or Casino
  • Salary starting from $113,343 pa + super
  • Flexible Working Arrangements offered

Who is the Department of Regional NSW? Why work for us?
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.

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.

Local Land Services (LLS)
is an Executive Agency related to the Department of Regional NSW. We embrace flexible work and are committed to our delivery of quality services to rural and regional landholders. Together we deliver the State Outcome ‘Productive and sustainable Landuse that includes Caring for Country through sustainable agriculture, plant and animal biosecurity, natural resource management, land management, emergency services and private native forestry.

The North Coast LLS region is a NSW is a diverse natural landscape with a mix of temperate and subtropical climates providing nationally recognised biodiversity and wilderness and wetland areas, and complex and diverse soil systems. The region encompasses Ballina, Bellingen, Byron, Clarence Valley, Coffs Harbour, Kempsey, Kyogle, Lismore, Nambucca, Port Macquarie-Hastings, Richmond Valley or Tweed local government areas.

What we are looking for:
If you are passionate about agriculture and a proven leader this job is for you. This leadership role will manage a team delivering agricultural advice and extension across the North Coast region.

We are looking for someone with excellent communication skills who can engage and drive collaboration with a diverse range of stakeholders from the various industries that are present on the North Coast. The role will lead senior and junior staff skilled in agronomy, livestock management, plant biosecurity, horticulture, soil health and best practice land management. A key focus will be assisting producers in the North Coast to recover from and prepare for natural disasters.

The team will deliver field days, training and other extension events across the region as well as Sustainable Agriculture incentive projects aimed at improving soils, native vegetation and land management on farms for a more sustainable future.

This is an opportunity to lead a team of skilled and enthusiastic staff to assist landholders and really make a difference. Our successful candidate will have a supportive leadership style and will listen to staff and help coordinate team efforts to create a cohesive vision for the team.

For more information on the role, you can download the role description.

About You:

  • A degree in agriculture, environment, natural resource management and/or equivalent knowledge and experience
  • Proven leadership experience
  • Strong communication skills to engage with industry stakeholders and collaborate with other teams within North Coast LLS
  • Experience in the delivery of extension to landholders
  • Proven project management skills
  • Demonstrated experience balancing and managing a range of competing and conflicting priorities in a politically sensitive environment.
  • An understanding of the needs and issues facing landholders in the North Coast region.
  • Have a current NSW Class C Divers License and be willing to undertake regular travel within the North Coast region, including overnight trips

Our Ideal candidate will have excellent people skills to support the team and create collaboration opportunities. They will have a positive and solution focused attitude and be able to think creatively to solve complex problems. Our successful candidate will be able to work autonomously with limited supervision and simply get things done.

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

Closing Date: Sunday 14th August @ 11:55pm

For further information about this opportunity please contact Lauren Wilson on 0427 496 944 or via  

Additional Information:
The successful applicant in this role may be required to undergo a police check, health assessment and other assessments as required.

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.

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