Technical Assistant/Officer
Government of Western Australia
Locations (Esperance or Northam), Australia
23h ago

Technical Assistant / Officer Salary : Level 1-3, $26,869 - $76,717 pa, Public Sector CSA Agreement 2019 Location : Various Locations (Esperance or Northam) Pillar / directorate : Industry and Economic Development Branch : Grains Tenure : Permanent - Full Time Position Number : Ref AV7163 Closing Date : 2020-06-04 11 : 45 PM (YYYY-MM-DD) Attachments : -

CLOSING DATE : Thursday, 4 June 2020 at 11 : 45PM WST

Who we are

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development’s (DPIRD) purpose is to create enduring prosperity for all Western Australians.

Our department ensures that primary industries and regions are key contributors to the Government’s agenda for economic growth and diversification, job creation, strong communities and better places.

We work collaboratively across government, industry and community to advance three goals : Protect, Grow, Innovate.

For more information about the Department, please visit our .

Position Profile

We currently have three (3) permanent full-time vacancies available for immediate filling. They are for the following :

  • Technical Assistant / Officer (Pathology) Esperance
  • Technical Assistant / Officer (Pathology) Northam
  • Technical Assistant / Officer (Entomology) Northam
  • This process may be used to fill other similar vacancies throughout the department. In addition to this, should the successful applicant decline or vacate the advertised position, the panel may select another suitable applicant from this selection process.

    Both of these options remain valid for a period of six (6) months from approval of the initial recruitment decision.

    Technical Assistant / Officer Pathology

    Are you a Technical Assistant / Officer with expertise in grain crop research including experience with field crop pathology research?

    Within the Esperance based Pathology team the successful applicant will assist grain crop pathology projects in conducting research and surveillance to support the grains industry of WA.

    This position incorporates field trial research including field plot and crop monitoring for diseases, collection and assessment of field research samples, and collection, collation and analysis of data.

    The Northam-based position will assist grain crop pathology projects in conducting research and surveillance to support the grains industry of WA.

    This position incorporates field trial research including establishing and managing field trials, disease inoculations, field plot and crop monitoring for diseases, collection, collation and analysis of data, and document writing.

    The position also requires maintenance of plants in the glasshouse for use in glasshouse and field research. Additionally some laboratory based skills are desirable, including NIR and basic laboratory procedures.

    Successful applicants for both positions should have experience within the Australian broad acre farming system research and field trial procedures and is preferred to have some crop pathology experience.

    Technical Assistant / Officer - Entomology

    Are you a Technical Assistant / Officer with expertise in grain crop entomology?

    Within the Entomology team the successful applicant will assist grain crop entomology projects in conducting research and extension for the grains industry of WA.

    This includes microscope examination and identification of samples and insect trap contents in the laboratory, field trial research including field plot and crop monitoring for pests and natural enemies, establishment and maintenance of insect traps, collation and analysis of data, and document writing.

    The position also requires maintenance of plants and insect cultures in the glasshouse for use in glasshouse and field research.

    The successful applicant should have experience within the Australian broad acre farming systems, microscope use and laboratory procedures.

    Undertaking field work away from the base location for periods up to a working week may be required for all vacancies during the grain growing season providing an opportunity to experience WA's grainbelt.

    Working outside normal hours to complete seasonal tasks may also be required.

    Level Ranges :

    Applicants will be assessed based on the skills and experience.

    Level 1 $25,869 $60,376 pa (Under direct supervision provides routine and general assistance to senior officers in the areas of extension, inspection and research).

    Level 2 $62,172 - $67,256 pa (Under immediate or general direction, provides routine and general assistance to senior officers in the areas of field or laboratory research).

    Level 3, $70,896 - $76,717 pa, (Provides experienced high level technical support under general direction)

    Please refer to the Job Description Form attached for full position details.

    Eligibility / Other Conditions

    To be eligible for a permanent appointment to the Western Australian public sector you must be an Australian citizen or have permanent residency status in Australia.

    To be eligible for a fixed term or a casual appointment you must have documentary evidence of your entitlement to live and work in Australia for the period of the contract and this is required as part of your application.

    Completion of Year 10 or equivalent education (Level 1 only).

    Certificate in a relevant discipline with some experience or a considerable level of relevant experience (Level 2 only).

    Diploma in a relevant discipline with relevant practical experience or substantial relevant experience. (Level 3 only).

    Undertaking field work away from the base location for periods up to a working week may be required.

    Working outside normal hours to complete seasonal tasks may be required.

    Living in regional / semi-remote community may be required.

    An acceptable National Policy Certificate (police clearance), or equivalent may be required for identified positions (if not currently help, must be acquired prior to commencement at applicants expense).

    A current and valid Western Australian "C" class (car) drivers’ license or equivalent is required (if not currently held must be acquired prior to commencement at applicant’s expense).

    These positions are located in Esperance and Northam.

    Please note, any successful candidate, including current employees of the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, will be offered employment subject to the award and agreement conditions that apply to the advertised role as outlined in the attached JDF / s.

    By accepting an offer of appointment, the successful applicant accepts the conditions and entitlements under the specified award and agreement.

    Further Job Related Information

    To discuss this role or for specific enquiries please contact , Manager Crop Protection on 0407 423 047 (during business hours).

    How to Apply

    Applicants are required to submit :

    Please refer to the three (3) attached Job Description Forms (JDFs) to determine which level / s you wish to apply for. Please ensure you address the relevant criteria as they differ between levels.

    Applicants are required to submit :

  • A current comprehensive CV, including details of two (2) referees; and
  • A covering letter / statement that states the level you are applying for and demonstrate how your skills, knowledge and experience relate to the following Work Related Requirements (according to level), as detailed on the relevant Job Description Form and in the context of the job specific details in this advertisement in no more than four (4) pages :
  • Work Related Requirement - 1
  • Work Related Requirement - 5
  • Work Related Requirement - 6
  • Applications will be assessed against these work related requirements of the position. The values and business needs of our Department may also be considered.

    It is therefore recommended that you consider all information contained in the advertisement and any other related information before applying for the vacancy.

    Please note that, should you be shortlisted, your ability to meet the other work related requirements will be assessed through future stages of the recruitment process.

    Applicants are required to apply on line by clicking on the Apply for Job button at the top / bottom of the screen. Applicants must have a current, valid email address in order to apply online and this email address will be used for communication with applicants.

    Further information is available in the attached Applicant Information Kit.

    Equity and Diversity

    DPIRD is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workforce and is an equal opportunity employer. We value and strongly encourage people with disabilities, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, young people, women and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds to apply for positions within our agency.

    The Department also promotes staff health and wellbeing, through the provision of flexible work provisions and a wellbeing and support program.

    If you are having trouble downloading the attachments or lodging your application online, please contact (08) 6552 1943 (during business hours) and quote the Reference number.

    Please ensure you have plenty of time to submit your application to allow for unanticipated problems, as late and proforma applications will not be accepted .

    Please note : Online lodgement is system generated. Any submissions on or after 11 : 45pm will not be accepted)

    The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development has a four day breach claim period. For more information, please see the

    Closing Date : 2020-06-04 11 : 45 PM

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