Deputy Chief Plant Biosecurity Officer (Surveillance and Control)
Specified Calling Level 5 | Permanent – Full Time
- Take this opportunity to develop as a leader in your field and position yourself for promotion to become the senior voice in plant biosecurity in WA.
- Play a vital role in protecting WA’s unique plant species and help shape the future of the new biosecurity strategy for WA.
- Join the WA public sector and experience all the perks of work-life balance and flexible work arrangements that it has to offer.
What will your typical day look like?
On a day to day basis, you will be involved in building the capacity of your team, sharing your vision, and providing strategic and operational leadership to surveillance and control groups. You could be attending Plant Biosecurity leadership meetings and liaising with managers from other areas e.g., DDLS – (Seed Testing and Certification Services), Emergency Management, Invasive Species and Environmental Biosecurity. As well as being engaged in a unique opportunity to develop surveillance plans and strategies for the grains and horticulture industries in Western Australia. You also will be involved in building professional networks, representing the department when acting as Chief Plant Biosecurity Officer and participating on a range of state and national committees and programs, at various times throughout the year.
For further key responsibilities please see attached JDF.
Enough about us, let’s talk about you.
You are a highly motivated and experienced professional in plant biosecurity wishing to further develop your career. You will be a strategic thinker and with a strong self-reflective lens to understand your own motivations and how to engage and motivate others around you to get the best from them. You will have a background in planning and managing surveillance or research projects, experience with plant pest emergency responses as an incident controller, planning manager or subject matter expert.
You will understand the challenges facing government in terms of biosecurity and limited resources and how market access is planned and negotiated at the national and international level and how priorities are set.
You will have excellent communication and interpersonal skills and be innovative in your approach and open to new challenges and opportunities. And above all you will enjoy engaging with others and have demonstrated skills working through relationships and partnerships to manage and meet stakeholder requirements and expectations.
For all essential criteria, please see the attached JDF.
At DPIRD we are 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.
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Visit Jobs WA to apply if this is something that excites you! All we need is:
- A resume of no more than three (3) pages including details of two (2) referees
- A cover letter of no more than two (2) pages in length demonstrating how your skills, knowledge and experience relate to the following Essential Work Related Requirements:
Essential Work Related Requirements
- 1. Demonstrated ability to lead the design, development and coordination of strategic plant health surveillance, eradication and/or management programs.
- 2. Demonstrated ability to prepare for, plan and lead biosecurity emergency responses.
- 3. Demonstrated ability to apply sound scientific knowledge, administrative leadership, and stakeholder engagement skills to the development of strategies and policies for plant pest surveillance, investigation, management, and eradication.
It is recommended that you consider all information contained in the advertisement and any other related information. Please note that all of the Work-Related Requirements will be assessed at some stage during the selection process.
Need further information?
We’d love to hear from you! Please call and chat about the position.
To have a confidential discussion, Sonya Broughton, Chief Plant Biosecurity Officer, on (08) 9368 3271.
Am I eligible to apply?
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 you must have documentary evidence of your entitlement to live and work in Australia for the period as part of your application.
You will be required to provide a current National Police Certificate (police clearance) before commencing employment.
Special Requirements for this position:
- A degree in Agricultural Science or approved equivalent (e.g., Zoology, Horticultural Science, Natural Resource Management).
- Occasional travel to and from metropolitan and regional offices may be required.
- The contract of employment specifies terms and conditions relating to this position.
- Relocation maybe supported for this position, pending eligibility.
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 twelve (12) months from approval of the initial recruitment decision.
Please note, an Executive Search process will be conducted for this process.
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 4:00pm will not be accepted)
CLOSING DATE: Friday, 29 October 2021 at 4:00 PM WST