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Farm Assistant

Primary Industries - Sydney, NSW

Agriculture, Nature & Animal
Source: uWorkin


  • Located at EMAI Menangle
  • Ongoing (permanent) full time role
  • Operational Staff Grade 1 – Salary from $52,271 - $57,613 plus super
  • Great opportunity to join the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI)

About Us

DPI Research Excellence supports DPI’s innovation and risk management goals by driving scientific excellence and strategy through our research institutes and stations and building strong scientific capability across DPI. Opened in 1990 at Camden, 60 km south of Sydney, EMAI's 1600 hectares is NSW DPI’s Centre of Excellence for Plant and Animal Health. It is NSW’s premier quarantine and biosecurity facility with critical infrastructure and world recognised research scientists.

About the Role

In your new role reporting to the Farm Supervisor, you will perform integral farming activities for the NSW DPI Research Excellence branch at the Elizabeth Macarthur Agriculture Institute (EMAI), to ensure the efficient operation of the farm and surrounds and to support the research and commercial activities on site.

You will apply your best practice farming skills to carry out farming and field maintenance activities to support the EMAI research and commercial agricultural production programs in fodder, pastures, livestock and farm asset maintenance.

This busy role will handle livestock, operate and maintain tractors and other farm equipment, maintain farm and grounds (including fencing and repair of buildings, plant and structures). Record keeping will also be required relating to stock, paddock, chemical and machinery usage and maintenance.

About You

To be considered for this role, you will have some previous experience in livestock handling, a knowledge of machinery operation and experience in general farm maintenance. You will also have basic computer literacy, a current driver’s licence, a Chemical Users Certificate AQF 3 (or the ability to obtain) and a current forklift licence (or the ability to obtain). A NSW MR or HR vehicle licence would be highly regarded.

This is a great opportunity to make a difference and work as part of a dynamic team. If you are motivated and diligent with a passion for farming, we want to hear from you.

Please Note: The successful applicant will be required to undertake a health assessment and background checks as part of their pre-employment conditions before an offer on employment can be made.

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.

Applications close on Thursday 18th March, 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.

Inclusion and Flexible Working

We strive to reflect the community we serve and encourage our people to explore new ways of working across regional NSW. We are open to arrangements that help individuals balance their work and life commitments, including working part-time or working from different locations. We embrace difference and welcome applications from people of all backgrounds.

We understand that everyone is different and you may require adjustments to apply. Please don’t hesitate to contact us to discuss how we may be able to assist you.