• Technical Officer Grade 1/3
  • Temporary fulltime contracts until 30th June 2022
  • Offering an attractive salary from $64,779 + super 


What you will be doing 

If you’d like to launch your career in agriculture and want to be part of a team that is innovative and forward thinking, then look no further. We are looking for talented and motivated final-year students and recent graduates for our Technical Officer recruitment drive. You will build your professional network of clients, peers and seniors in the industry. Connect with a wide client base that shares our ambition in making a difference to the people of regional NSW.

You will be joining NSW DPI, Agriculture (DPI Ag) who leads agricultural industry development through extension, science and research, industry policy and regulatory compliance functions to foster sustainable and economic agricultural industries.

The primary purpose of these roles is to provide laboratory and field technical support to winter cereal, pulse and oilseed (pathology and agronomy) research programs.

If you are passionate about agriculture and want to cultivate genuine connections in the industry, we invite you to become part of our story.


Working as a Technical Officer you will develop a range of skills, knowledge and experience in agronomy and/or pathology research. Depending upon your area of interest and qualifications these could include:

  • Microbiology skills and laboratory operations
  • Controlled environmental facility management (glasshouse/growth rooms)
  • Field research operations including trial planning, establishment and management
  • Research equipment and technology – tractor /GPS autosteer, precision planter/cone seeder, soil coring, sprayrig, and plot harvester operation
  • General agronomy including plant mapping (establishment counts, phenology, biomass sampling)
  • Soil and plant sample processing including grinding, dehydration, seed cleaning, threshing, grain quality analysis etc
  • Data collection, management and analysis
  • Communication, stakeholder engagement and report writing skills


What you need to be successful as a Technical Officer:

  • Qualifications in accordance with Part 2 (xviii) of the Crown Employees (Department of Industry) Technical Staff Award
  • Current NSW Driver Licence and the ability and willingness to travel
  • Demonstrated experience in developing and managing agricultural field experiments which includes the operation and maintenance of associated field equipment
  • Experience in field data collection, management, analysis and reporting

Why work for Department of Regional NSW (DRNSW)?

Exciting career pathways and opportunities

We offer vibrant and exciting career paths for people from a wide range of backgrounds and skills. Once you join the NSW Government, you’ll be supported to develop your skills and expertise through ongoing training, and opportunities to move easily from role to role, and agency to agency across the entire NSW government.



Providing a safe, supportive, ethical, diverse and inclusive workplace for our people is one of our priorities. We run a variety of programs and provide a range of supporting resources to ensure the wellbeing of all our people.


Our people: 

Join DRNSW and you’ll be joining a team of more than 4,000 passionate people spread across a diverse range of disciplines and functions including – public works, land services, fisheries, agriculture and biosecurity. If you’re motivated and passionate about making a difference to the people of regional NSW we invite you to become part of our story.

Apply now:

All applications must be submitted online and should include your current resume and a cover letter telling us why you’re a great fit.

To find out more about this role, please contact Rod Jackson at rod.jackson@dpi.nsw.gov.au or click here to access the role description

Applications close on Sunday 4th July, 2021

A recruitment pool may be created for ongoing and temporary roles of the same role or role type that may become available for filling over the next eighteen months. .

  • Full Time
  • Tamworth
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
  • 04-07-2021
  • Contact: Rod Jackson
  • Email: rod.jackson@dpi.nsw.gov.au
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