Biosecurity Officer (SciA)

Job posted: 13/09/2021
Applications close: 30/09/2021 (Midnight)
8 days remaining

8 days remaining

Job Description

Location: North East Region | Murrindindi

Job type: Other

Organisation: Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions

Salary: $63,646 - $87,245

Occupation: Agriculture/Primary Industry

Reference: VG/020846B

Reference: VG/020846B

Occupation: Agriculture/Primary Industry

Salary Range: $63,646 - $87,245

Work location: North East Region | Murrindindi

The Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions (DJPR) was established to ensure Victoria's strong economic performance by growing industries and regions. Here at DJPR, we're making sure Victoria's economy benefits all Victorians by creating more jobs for more people, building thriving places and regions and nurturing inclusive communities.

Our work supports a range of diverse portfolios and operates across metropolitan, regional and international offices. We also oversee various public entities, including public corporations, regulatory authorities and specialist boards.

The Department strongly encourages applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and offers reasonable adjustments for applicants with disabilities.

Our values are accountability, integrity and respect, and underpin everything we do.

  • $63,646 - $87,245 (Plus Superannuation)
  • Fixed Term / 3 years
  • Usual hours of work: Full Time (flexibility may be available)
  • Usual work location: Alexandra (flexibility available within Goulburn Broken catchment)

The position of Biosecurity Officer forms a part of the Biosecurity and Agriculture Services branch within the Agriculture Victoria group.

The Plants Chemicals and Invasives Unit (PCI) within Agriculture Victoria is looking for a Biosecurity Officer in the Northern region to support the Victorian community with preparing for and managing the impacts of biosecurity. We are looking for an energetic, thoughtful candidate who has enthusiasm for working within a diverse regional team to deliver quality services to the Victorian community. 

PCI currently employs 130 staff across Victoria to support community and industry with invasive plant and animal management, plant biosecurity pest and disease surveillance to enable market access, monitoring of chemical use in the agriculture sector, and preparing for and responding to biosecurity and agricultural relief emergencies.

The position will have key responsibilities under the Catchment and Land Protection Act 1994, and will also be required to deliver activities under the Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (Control of Use) Act 1992, the Plant  Biosecurity Act 2010 (Limited Powers), and Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Act 1981 to support priority operational delivery.

As this is a regulatory position, you will be provided with training to obtain a Cert IV in Government Investigations and will be required to conduct investigations and may be requested to appear in court.

The successful applicant will work effectively as a member of a team enjoy flexible working arrangements and undertake a wide variety of work to support interoperability across the business, including establishing strong working relationships with internal staff and various external stakeholders including private landowners, community and industry groups and local government agencies.

The key accountabilities of the role will include:

  • Following training and study, achieve appointment as an Authorised Officer pursuant to the Catchment and Land Protection Act 1994, Plant Biosecurity Act 2010 (Limited Powers), Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (Control of Use) Act 1992 and Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Act 1981.
  • Under guidance, monitor for specific invasive species, pests or diseases and maintain equipment and records to specified standards, and undertake compliance activities as required under the provisions of the Catchment and Land Protection Act 1994, Plant Biosecurity Act 2010 (Limited Powers) and the Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Act 1981.
  • Provide extension material to assist landholders to meet their legal obligations and proactively encourage voluntary participation in invasive plant and animal control, and plant biosecurity matters.
  • Assist with maintaining industry market access through a variety of related tasks, such as auditing, accreditation and surveillance.
  • Provide advice to members of the public, industry and other external and internal stakeholders in an effective and timely manner that maintains or enhances the reputation and effectiveness of Biosecurity and Agriculture Services.
  • Support the regional Leading Biosecurity Officer – Agricultural Chemicals to monitor agricultural and veterinary chemical use practices for compliance with the Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (Control of Use) Act 1992.

For a confidential discussion, please call Kate Cunnew, Leading Biosecurity Officer – Goulburn Broken on 0427 822 229.

Successful candidates will be required to undergo a National Police Records Check prior to commencing employment with the Department.

To be eligible for this position you must hold the mandatory qualification as outlined in the position description.

For further information on the position, please refer to the attached position description.

How to Apply

Please click the ‘Apply Now' button. As part of the application process, you will need to provide a copy of your resume and a cover letter addressing the key selection criteria outlined in the position description.

Applications close at midnight on 30 September 2021.


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Kate Cunnew | 0427 822 229

Biosecurity Officer (SciA)