Technical Assistant - Plant Pathology

The Department of Jobs, Precincts & Regions (DJPR) was established on 1 Jan 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 & regions and nurturing inclusive communities.

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

DJPR is an equal opportunity employer & welcomes applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds.

As part of the Machinery of Government changes announced by the Premier of Victoria, on 1 Jan 2019 DEDJTR transitioned into the Department of Transport (DoT) & the Department of Jobs, Precincts & Regions (DJPR).
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Department: Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions
Work Type: Fixed term - full time
Job Function: Agriculture / Primary Industry
Classification: VPSG2
Work Location: Western - Horsham
Reference: VG/022150C
Closing Date: 23-Jul-2019
Salary Range: $52,493 - $67,410
Job Duration: 30 June 2020
Attachments: Technical Assistant PD pathology 2019a.doc (Word, 281KB)

Contact: Dr Mark McLean
(03) 4344 3313

Position Details


  • $52,493 - $67,410 (Plus Superannuation)
  • Fixed Term until 30 June 2020
  • Usual hours of work: Full Time (flexibility may be available)
  • Usual work location: Horsham (flexibility may be available)

The position of Technical Assistant - Plant Pathology forms a part of the Agriculture Victoria Research in Agriculture Victoria

The Agriculture Victoria Research branch represents DJPR's agricultural research and development function. The Agriculture Research branch provides a discipline-based science and technology delivery function in the following areas:

  a) Genomics and Cellular Sciences; b) Microbial Sciences, Pests and Diseases; c) Plant Sciences; d) Plant Production Sciences; e) Animal Production Sciences;and f) Agriculture Resources Sciences.

Agriculture R&D is delivered via an ‘innovation ecosystem' that converges government, industry/agribusiness and academia/knowledge centres into clustered and collaborative networks, with a clear focus on science and technology for productivity and biosecurity outcomes. It delivers a continuity of research and development activities across DJPR's priority areas while also elevating the importance of agricultural R&D in DJPR.

This position provides technical support through operation of a range of field machinery, including tractors, purpose-built seeders, spray units and headers, for the high-quality management of cereal, pulse and oilseed disease management research experiments in the field. The position provides support to the Senior Technical Officer and scientific staff, needs to be organised and be able to manage a range of field-based tasks.  The position will report to and take direction from the Senior Technical Officer.  

The position will report to and take direction from the Senior Technical Officer. 

The successful applicant will have a passion for field work, have the ability to operate state of the art, purpose-built field equipment, work effectively as a member of a team and undertake a wide variety of duties in the field. 

To be successful in this role you will results oriented, highly motivated and enjoy building and developing effective client relationships. and also be able to demonstrate:

  • Ability to operate agricultural equipment, including tractors, spray units and harvesters.
  • Computer skills, with the ability to collect and collate records and experimental data using Microsoft Excel.
  • Ability to show initiative, demonstrate organisational skills and operate under minimal supervision.


For a confidential discussion, please Dr Mark McLean, Research Scientist - Plant Pathology on (03) 4344 3313.

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 23 July 2019 and must address the Key Selection Criteria outlined in the Position Description

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