Technical Assistant

The Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions (DJPR) was established on 1 January 2019 to ensure Victoria's strong economic performance by growing industries and regions. Here at DJPR, we're making sure Victoria's economy benefits all Victorians by creating more jobs for more people, building thriving places and regions and nurturing inclusive communities.

We are committed to building a culture where we say 'yes' to flexible work arrangements, provide personal and professional development programs and support ways of working that help employees balance work and life.

The department is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds.
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Department: Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions
Work Type: Fixed term - full time
Job Function: Science
Classification: VPSG2
Work Location: Western - Horsham
Reference: VG/020465A
Closing Date: 29-Jan-2020
Salary Range: $52,493 - $67,410
Job Duration: 2 years
Attachments: 020465 Gr 2 Technical Assistant PD 030120.doc (Word, 156KB)
Job Specification

Contact: Garry Rosewarne
0477 616 759

Position Details

Technical Assistant

  • $52,493 -$67,410 (Plus Superannuation)
  • Fixed Term, 2 years
  • Usual hours of work: Full Time (flexibility may be available)
  • Usual work location: Horsham

The position is responsible for technical aspects of setting up and maintaining field-based experiments, data collection, harvesting and processing of samples in the laboratory. The role requires a lot of outdoor work in a range of weather conditions, which can sometimes be physically demanding, and at certain times of year will require work outside of normal working hours, i.e. at harvest time.  There is a requirement to occasionally supervise and manage small teams of casual staff.

The successful candidate for this position will demonstrate –

  • understanding of concepts in plant breeding and/or crop production systems;
  • willingness to learn, lead areas of work, complete work in a timely manner and a desire for continuous improvement;
  • capability in safe and effective use of farm machinery, farm and laboratory equipment, hand tools, chemicals, and horticultural materials;
  • ability to accurately observe, collect and prepare data from the field and glasshouse experiments, and to accurately follow instructions;
  • ability to work independently and as part of a team, to operate under minimal supervision and show a high level of initiative and effective time management skills;

The position of Technical Assistant is part of the Agriculture Victoria Research branch in the Agriculture Victoria group.  Agriculture Victoria works with industry and community stakeholders to support the agriculture, food and fibre sector to become more globally competitive, innovative and resilient.

For a confidential discussion, please call Garry Rosewarne, Senior Research Scientist on 0477 616 759.

Successful candidates will be required to undergo a National Police Records Check prior to commencing employment with the Department.

For further information on the position, please see the attached position description.  To apply, please click the ‘Apply Now' button below.

Applications close at midnight on 29 January 2019.

Please note:  When submitting your application online, there will be questions pertaining to a number of the position's Key Selection Criteria to which you are required to respond. The generic online form may ask you to provide the responses to all of the KSC. At this step in the on-line process, please only upload your resume and cover letter (there is NO requirement to address all of the KSC) and move on to the last screen where you will be asked to submit responses to the specific questions only". Complete these specific questions to complete your application.


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