Technical Officer - Feedbase And Environment


Launceston, TAS

Posted 11/22/2020

Technical Officer - Feedbase and Environment

Job no: 495102
Work type: Full time
Location: Launceston
Categories: Laboratory & Research Support, Farming, Animals and Conservation

Technical Officer - Feedbase and Environment

* Full time, fixed term position to June 2022
* Based at Mount Pleasant in Prospect Launceston
* Regular travel to TIA Research Stations and commercial properties undertaking experiment

The Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA) is a research institute at the University of Tasmania specialising in research, development, extension and education to support prosperous, innovative and sustainable agriculture and food sectors in Tasmania.

The Opportunity

As the Technical Officer, you will work with research project Chief Investigators to implement field and glasshouse experiments and demonstrations. The Technical Officers work will contribute to a range of feedbase and environment related projects, operating to high safety standards. With a heavy pasture focus, you will undertake activities such as germination and propagation, pasture establishment, trait characterisation, seed production and processing. The role will contribute to the success of externally and internally funded research and may involve interactions with funding bodies, Government, private sector and red meat producer stakeholders.

Key Accountabilities:

* Make an effective and sustained contribution to the University in achieving its strategic objectives.
* Contribute to research, development and extension within integrated research, development and extension projects.
* Establish and maintain field and glasshouse experiments and demonstrations.
* Collect data from field and glasshouse experiments with high level of care and attention to detail.
* Liaise with lead technical staff and chief investigators to coordinate field activities.

Your Application

To be successful in the role, your application will need to demonstrate;

* Completion of a recognised qualification in a relevant discipline (or equivalent combination of skills, training and experience).
* Understanding of pastures including species identification, species suitability, germination, and propagation.
* Competence to diligently undertake practical activities associated with scientific trials and seed multiplications.
* Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team.
* Good organisational skills and demonstrated well-developed written and oral communication skills and ability to keep records.
* ChemCert certificate, ability (or interest to learn) to perform the application of agrichemicals.
* Experience, ability or interest in: basic knowledge of animal husbandry (livestock), laboratory and workshop activities, handling hazardous substances, manual handling, tractor and machinery operation and working in the field in remote locations and under often challenging weather conditions.


Appointment to this role will be at HEO 4 and will have a total remuneration package of up to $73,516 comprising base salary within the range of $63,375 to $67,138 plus 9.5% superannuation.

How to Apply

* To apply online, please provide your resume, cover letter outlining your suitability and motivation for the role, and your responses to the position/selection criteria.
* For further information about this position, please contact Rowan Smith, Research Fellow, or +61 3 6324 5620.

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