Industry Officer - Horticulture

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Department: Department of Justice and Community Safety
Work Type: Ongoing - full time
Job Function: Prison and Corrective Services
Classification: Cog2B
Work Location: North East - Tatura
Reference: VG/5087JAN23
Closing Date: 05-Feb-2023
Salary Range: $76,581 - $88,065
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: Position Description - Industry Officer Horticulture - 5087.pdf (PDF, 231KB)
Job Specification

Contact: Peter Milne on (03) 5824 8862

Position Details

  • An exciting opportunity to utilise your vegetable farming experience
  • COG2B classification (salary range $76,581 - $88,065) plus superannuation
  • Ongoing, full-time role (to commence in February 2023)

About us

HM Prison Dhurringile is a minimum-security male prison located in North East Victoria, within the Hume Region of the Department of Justice and Community Safety.

Corrections Victoria develops and implements policies, programs, and services to ensure the safe and secure containment of prisoners, and that seek to rehabilitate offenders by addressing the underlying causes of offending behaviour.

Corrections Victoria manages Community Correctional Services locations across the state and is responsible for managing Victoria's public prisons and overseeing the contracts relating to the management of the privately operated prisons. In doing so, Corrections Victoria delivers a safe and secure corrections system that actively engages offenders and the community to promote positive behaviour change.

About the role

Industry Officers are responsible for the management and delivery of specific functions within prison industries. This includes assisting with the management of prisoner employment, safe operating procedures and other Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) requirements, and compliance with prison industry procedures. Industry staff may be required to work in various areas according to operational requirements. 

In this role, you will:

  • oversee the efficient and effective management of the industry
  • ensure equipment is maintained in good working order, maintain general cleanliness of the work site, and ensure that proper directions are given to prisoners concerning industrial health and safety
  • supervise and control prisoner workers employed in the industry
  • oversee the allocation and control of raw materials and tools to prisoners ensuring that all tools are accounted for at all times and reporting any loss of tools promptly to the Industry Manager
  • ensure all prisoners are assigned adequate work and provide instruction on the maintenance of machinery and OH&S.

This role will commence in February 2023.

About you

As our ideal candidate, you will possess:

  • qualifications or experience in vegetable farming, including plant/soil nutrition and disease and pest management
  • sound knowledge of OH&S requirements relevant to horticulture
  • completion of the Prison Officer Pre-Training course or be willing to undertake and successfully complete the next available course
  • ACUP certificate (preferred but not essential)
  • excellent leadership, maturity, sound judgement, and confidence in decision making, with developed capabilities to coach, mentor and motivate prisoners.

How to apply

Please click the Apply button on this advertisement. Applications should include a resume and covering letter. Attachments can be uploaded in .doc, .docx, .pdf, .txt or .rtf formats.

The successful candidate will be required to undergo pre-employment checks which may include national police checks and misconduct screening.

If you require adjustments to the recruitment and selection process, or require an alternative format to any of the application material, please don't hesitate to get in touch with the contact person listed on this ad. 


  • For this particular vacancy, priority consideration applies to Victorian Public Service (VPS) and select employees of the Victorian Public Sector who apply through the Jobs Skills Exchange (JSE) jobs board platform.
  • For all VPS employees, due to the new Jobs Skills Exchange (JSE) policy, please apply through the JSE to be eligible to be considered for this position in the first round.


The department is committed to providing and maintaining a working environment which is safe and without risk to the health of its employees consistent with the department's obligations under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 (Vic). Therefore, there is a requirement that all DJCS employees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to undertake duties outside of their homes.

At interview stage and prior to commencement of employment with the department, you will need to provide evidence that you are vaccinated against COVID-19 with three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. 

Upon commencement of employment with the department you will be required to provide evidence that you have an up-to-date vaccination status within the timelines specified by the department into the DJCS Service Portal. This includes evidence of three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine required by the department (from time to time).

Acceptable evidence includes:

  1. COVID-19 digital certificate or ATAGI exemption certificate (available via your myGov account)
  2. Your immunisation history statement (available via your myGov account)

Other documentation outside the above will not be accepted as evidence of having received your COVID-19 vaccine doses.

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