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.

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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/021183A
Closing Date: 30-Aug-2019
Salary Range: $52,493 - $67,410
Job Duration: 3 years
Attachments: PD_PN_021183_TA-Plant Sciences_VPS2-Aug19.docx (Word, 115KB)


Contact: Sally Norton
03 4344 3124

Position Details

Technical Assistant – Australian Grains Genebank

  • $52,493 - $67,410 (Plus Superannuation)
  • Fixed Term – 3 years 
  • Usual hours of work: Full Time (flexibility may be available)
  • Usual work location: Horsham (flexibility may be available)

We are seeking a motivated and experienced technician to work within the Australian Grains Genebank (AGG) program.  The AGG underpins the development of more resilient and productive grain crop varieties by providing new germplasm to Australian plant researchers and breeders.

Reporting to the Senior Technical Officer – Australian Grains Genebank, you will be responsible for seed storage under long term conditions, and the regeneration of accessions with low quantity and/or quality seed stocks.  This operation requires high levels of quality assurance to ensure the genetic integrity of accessions is maintained, and prevent contamination between accessions, through all phases of plant growth from seed preparation to harvest, through to storage in the genebank.

To be successful in this role, you will have experience in plant production under field and greenhouse conditions for a range of grain crops as well as quality management systems.  If you have knowledge or experience in ex-situ genebank activities including packing seed for client use, preparation of seed for regeneration, the maintenance of genetic integrity to produce high quality seed of grain crops, and post-harvest preparation for long term seed storage, then this could be the position for you.  A diploma or Certificate 4 in Agriculture, Horticulture or relevant field experience as well as chemical Certification accreditation or equivalent would be well regarded.

For a confidential discussion, please call Sally Norton on 03 4344 3124.

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 30 August 2019 and must address the Key Selection Criteria outlined in the Position Description.


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