Thursday, 26 March 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 website.
We currently have one (1) fixed term full-time appointment available up to 1 April 2021 with the possibility of extension and/or permanency.
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.
We are looking for a Development Officer under the immediate guidance of senior staff, to carry out assigned livestock extension and industry development. The successful applicant should contribute to the economic development of the sheep and wool industry with a focus on export led growth. The work generally impacts at the enterprise level or equivalent and may participate in scientific research and investigational work.
This position will be responsible for:
- Providing scientific expertise in sheep farming systems and livestock industry development, including management and production and/or sustainability and welfare expectations.
- Actively promoting technology and systems, and prepares and disseminates the results of research by mass media including reports, articles, broadcasts and fielddays so that findings may assist farmers, department officers and the wider scientific community.
- Promoting industry development and market intelligence through close contact with farmer groups, extension specialists, private consultants, marketing consultants and end-users.
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.
Bachelor degree in Agricultural Science, Science or an approved equivalent.
A current and valid Western Australian "C" class (car) drivers’ licence or equivalent is required (if not currently held must be acquired prior to commencement at applicant’s expense).
This position is located in 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. 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 Mandy Curnow, Senior Development Officer via (08) 9892 8422 (during business hours).
How to Apply
Applicants are required to submit:
- A current comprehensive CV, including details of two (2) referees; and
- A covering letter/statement that demonstrates how your skills, knowledge and experience relate to the following Work Related Requirements, as detailed on the 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 – Knowledge of agri-food industry sustainable production systems and basic principles of extension and industry development.
- Work Related Requirement 2 – Build effective relationships: Well-developed written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills, including the ability to relate to people from a wide and varied range of backgrounds, both internal and external to the organisation.; and
- Work Related Requirement 3 – Challenge for innovation: Ability to contribute to the development of plans and projects and able to use initiative to deliver improvements to outputs/outcomes..
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 Public Sector Commission Website