Plant Standards 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 | Albury/Wodonga

Job type: Full time

Organisation: Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions

Salary: $63,646 - $87,245

Occupation: Agriculture/Primary Industry

Reference: VG/022019B

Reference: VG/022019B

Occupation: Agriculture/Primary Industry

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

Work location: North East Region | Albury/Wodonga

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: Wodonga (flexibility may be available)

This position provides important Plant Biosecurity services as part of the Biosecurity and Agriculture Services Branch of the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions (DJPR). The position plays a key role with industry in assisting with the maintenance of market access for domestic and international trade and in mitigating the economic and social effects of plant pest and disease incidents in Victoria.

The successful applicant will be required to work as a member of a small team, principally within the Hume region, to ensure delivery of high quality services in the areas of pest and disease surveillance; plant biosecurity legislation and enforcement management; emergency preparedness and response; and auditing of businesses to determine compliance with state and national agreements.

As part of an integrated and flexible business model within the Biosecurity and Agriculture Services Branch, you may also provide support to other programs or other regions.

You will establish strong working relationships with internal staff and various external stakeholders including private landowners, community and industry groups as well as local and state government agencies.

As this is a regulatory position, you may be required to conduct investigations and appear in court.

This position has responsibilities under the Plant Biosecurity Act 2010 and Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Act 1981 in addition to emergency management responsibilities which may require deployment to regional and state-wide responses.

The main key accountabilities of the role will include:

  • Following training and study, achieve gazettal as an Authorised Officer pursuant to the Plant Biosecurity Act 2010
  • Under guidance, monitor for specific plant pests or diseases as required and maintain equipment and records to specified standards.
  • Under guidance, monitor plant industries to ensure compliance with Victorian plant biosecurity legislation including conducting investigations into alleged breaches of the legislation.
  • Assist with maintaining industry market access through a variety of related tasks, such as auditing and accreditation of agricultural businesses.
  • Assist with the implementation of control activities following the detection of an emergency pest or disease throughout the Hume Region and elsewhere in Victoria as required.
  • 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 Victorian plant biosecurity operations.

For a confidential discussion, please call Andrew Brastrup, Leading Plant Standards Officer on 0409 265 138.

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.

Plant Standards Officer (SciA)

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Andrew Brastrup | 0409 265 138

Plant Standards Officer (SciA)