Biosecurity Officer - Weeds (Two Positions)

Cowra Shire Council Full Time Permanent 17/11/2020

About the Opportunity 

We are looking for two experienced Environmental professionals with a passion for animal and plant biosecurity to join our team. As a Biosecurity Officer with Cowra Council, you will utilise your working knowledge of current and emerging biosecurity issues to advise customers and stakeholders to ensure that the plant and animal biosecurity objectives of the region are met. This will involve surveillance and investigation activities, pest animal management, and emergency planning and response activities.

To be successful in this role, you will be passionate about animal and plant biosecurity which will ensure that you effectively engage with customers and stakeholders to communicate sound advice and apply appropriate regulations as they relate to invasive species control. You will balance role requirements in an environment which is technically complex and often unpredictable and where emergency situations can take precedence over planned activities

This exciting position sits within the Cowra Services Department and is responsible for ensuring the plant and animal biosecurity objectives of the Cowra LGA are met. Duties include;

  • Organise and undertake prioritised weed control activities for routine maintenance.
  • Undertake weed biosecurity inspections on private and public land and implement remedial action and/or weed notices as determined.
  • Co-ordinate and deliver weed management and maintenance projects (e.g. maintenance of stormwater quality systems for priority weeds, bush regeneration etc.) as required;
  • Assist in the development and delivery of public education programs.
  • Collect, monitor, record and collate data associated with weed management projects and maintenance programs.

Applicants must hold a trade certificate in Horticulture, Bush Regeneration, Conservation and Land Management or similar field. The successful applicant will have;

  • Extensive experience in weed control and or bush regeneration
  • A genuine customer service approach with a history of proven delivery of high levels of customer service
  • Experience in the operation of small plant and spray equipment for weed control
  • Well-developed written and verbal communication skills
  • Negotiation and conflict resolution and report writing;
    and will be an Authorised Officer under the Biosecurity Act.

If you are passionate about helping local communities to manage biosecurity risks and emergency situations, then we want to hear from you.

Position Details

  • Weekly wages for this position is $1,317.12
  • Employer Superannuation of 9.5%
  • Employment conditions are in accordance with the Local Government (State) Award
  • Candidates must have the right to live and work in Australia to apply for this position