Technical Officer (Rangelands) - Sustainability and Biosecurity


WA Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development


Carnarvon, Western Australia

Salary etc:

Salary: $24,869 - $94,994 p.a. (Level 1-5, PSGOCSAGA 2017); Permanent.


Position: Pool Ref 00002800

As of 1 July 2017, the departments of Agriculture and Food, Fisheries, Regional Development and staff from the Regional Development Commissions amalgamated to form the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development. This will enable us to provide a strong and unified service for Western Australia’s vital primary industries and regions.

Position Profile

We are seeking to establish a pool of suitably qualified applicants for the role of Technical Officer. The pool will be valid for a period of twelve (12) months following finalisation of the process and may be used to fill permanent and fixed term, full time and part time opportunities that may arise in this period. Please note, being appointed to the pool does not guarantee you placement to a position.

In this role the successful applicant will work across an extensive area of the West Australian rangelands from the Gascoyne coast to the Great Sandy/ Victoria Deserts in the east, south to the Nullarbor Plain and north to the Pilbara. This position offers a balanced mix of field and office work and is ideally suited to someone with an interest in rangelands ecology and the pastoral industry.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Being part of a team of officers monitoring the resource condition of the State’s pastoral lands at regional and lease levels
  • Providing information and advice to the Commissioner of Soil and Land Conservation (the Commissioner) and the Pastoral Lands Board (PLB) regarding rangeland range condition, issuing of permits, granting of leases and changes to leased areas as required
  • Assisting the Commissioner with regulatory activities under the Soil and Land Conservation Act 1949
  • Working with pastoral industry and land managers to to improve the profitability and sustainability of the State’s pastoral lands

We are looking for applicants with ability to provide technical support and observe and report on the plants, soil, animal and other environmental factors that determine rangeland condition. The applicant must be prepared to spend extended periods working in remote pastoral locations and have demonstrated effective workplace communication abilities. Knowledge of, or experience in, scientific methods and analytical procedures appropriate to agricultural research and development activities is essential as is in a current Western Australian drivers licence.

Eligibility / Other Conditions

This position is located in the coastal town of Carnarvon approximately 912km north of Perth. Carnarvon is a regional centre servicing the pastoral, horticultural, fishing, mining and tourist industries. If you would like to know more about Carnarvon please visit the Shire of Carnarvon website.

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