Department of Regional NSW
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Technical Officer

Technical Officer

  • 499014
  • Agriculture
  • Environmental
  • Environmental Science
  • Natural and Physical Science
  • Science and Technology
  • Full time fixed term contract for up to 3 years
  • Located in Wagga Wagga
  • Salary starting from $66,298 pa + super

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 Us:

The Infrastructure Investment & Business Excellence team works across the breadth of NSW Department of Primary Industries and is focused on maximising the utilisation and productivity of the Department’s infrastructure portfolio. Through strong partnerships (internal and external) we also identify commercialisation pathways and help shape DPI’s future investments, drive innovation and promote world class scientific and research excellence. Our programs focus transforming our connections with customers through data and excellence in customer service and delivery of assistance programs through the Rural Assistance Authority.

About the Role:

We are looking for a Technical Officer to maintain international accreditation of the Australian Olive Oil Sensory Panel (AOOSP) and prepare and collate commercial sensory analysis reports. The role assists in maintaining NATA ISO 17025 requirements, customer service and laboratory analysis where required across the Wagga Wagga AgEnviro labs.

Your key responsibilities include:

  • Implementing and maintaining international accreditations for the Olive Oil Sensory Panel
  • Managing and coordinating all functions of the Olive Oil Sensory Panel including tasting sessions, monthly Panel Maintenance meetings and training of Panel members in accordance with international standard requirements.
  • Undertaking laboratory analysis and recording and maintaining analysis data in accordance with NATA ISO 17025 requirements.
  • Manage customer samples and sensory analysis reports using Laboratory Management Systems (LIMS) in accordance with international standard requirements and respond to customer analysis enquiries
  • Complete analyses and test reports in the required laboratory turn around times.
  • Contributing to the implementation and maintenance of laboratory quality control and quality assurance systems particularly NATA ISO 17025.

What you need:

  • Degree in biological/agricultural science, TAFE Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques (or equivalent) in accordance with the Crown Employees (NSW Department of Industry) Technical Staff Award
  • Superior organisational skills to prioritise multiple tasks, adhere to schedules and manage and collate data
  • Familiarity with computerised record management systems, word processing and spreadsheet software
  • Demonstrated understanding of Laboratory quality assurance
  • NSW Drivers License for field travel and the capacity to attend work on site

Our ideal candidate will love to work independently, as well as in a team environment and will be a self-starter combined with the ability to take and follow instruction & standard operating procedures. Your enthusiasm to develop new skills, think laterally and be confident in your work will be your greatest asset.

Further information: Please contact Belinda Taylor on 0439 492 256 or via belinda.taylor@dpi.nsw.gov.au You can view the full role description.

Applying is easy: Simply submit your application electronically via the online application process, attaching a resume and cover letter outlining how your skills and experience match what we are looking for, and we will get back in touch after the closing date.

Applications close Sunday 8th May at 11.55pm

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.

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 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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