Department of Regional NSW
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Technical Assistant (Plant Pathology)

Technical Assistant (Plant Pathology)

  • 500343
  • Agriculture
  • Education
  • Education And/Or Training
  • Environmental
  • Environmental Science
  • Natural and Physical Science
  • Science and Technology

· Fixed-term full-time role (until 30 June 2024)

· Location – Narrabri NSW             

· Salary ranging from $55,476 through to $58,955pa + 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 the role

  • Support laboratory, glasshouse and field operations in conducting research across multiple projects within DPI Agriculture
  • Conduct field sample collection at various locations and assist in the management of glasshouse and field trials under minimal supervision
  • Fulfil the technical capabilities required for receipt and testing of field samples for  cotton diseases
  • Collect and accurately record research data and information to ensure consistency and quality in sample evaluation from replicated trials


About you

Our ideal candidate will:

  • Be great team player and collaborator
  • Have technical skills in operating and maintaining a range of laboratory equipment
  • Willing to travel to conduct field trials and disease surveillance
  • Be able to manage multiple tasks effectively within tight timeframes to ensure project outcomes are met


Essential requirements

  • Qualifications in accordance with Part 2 (xv) of the Crown Employees (Department of Industry) Technical Staff Award
  • Ability to fulfil the physical requirements of the role
  • Valid NSW Driver License and the ability and willingness to travel as required


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 (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.

If you would like to hear more about this role, please contact Rod Jackson on or view the full role description.


Applications close 11:55pm, 17 August 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.

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