Senior Aquatic Officer Job in Northern Territory

Senior Aquatic Officer Job in Northern Territory


Job title: Senior Aquatic Officer

Company: Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment

Expected salary: $88408 – 100378 per year

Location: Darwin, NT – Cairns, QLD

Senior Aquatic Officer Job Details:

  • APS 6 – $88,408 – $100,378 per annum plus superannuation
  • Biosecurity Plant and Science Services Division
  • Cairns, QLD,Darwin, NT
  • Join a small but dynamic team delivering early detection surveillance activities for exotic marine pests and aquatic diseases.
  • Provide technical support and contribute to the delivery of the Indigenous Ranger Aquatic Biosecurity Program.
  • Opportunity to travel to some of northern Australia’s most remote and beautiful country.

Who we are

The Biosecurity Plant and Science Services Division (BPSSD) safeguards Australia’s plant health status to achieve, maintain and expand overseas markets, while protecting the economy and environment. The division includes four branches, which together focus on providing scientific analysis and technical advice, facilitating the safe importation of plants and plant products, improving systems, market access, capacity building and stakeholder engagement. The division provides diagnostics, with advice on biosecurity risk and measures, and biosecurity training. The division conducts surveillance and response at first points of entry and approved arrangements sites nationally, and delivers plant, animal and aquatic health surveillance in northern Australia. The division works closely with communities and Indigenous rangers and regulates biosecurity risk in the Torres Strait.

Science and Surveillance Group (SSG) is comprised of scientists, operations and support staff responsible for regulatory advice and training, technical input to biosecurity policy, regulation activity in Torres Strait and diverse surveillance and diagnostic services around Australia, including animal and plant health surveillance measures under the Northern Australia Quarantine Strategy.

The Northern Australia Quarantine Strategy (NAQS) operates across coastal northern Australia from Broome in Western Australia to Cardwell in Queensland and includes Torres Strait. NAQS contributes to the delivery of national biosecurity objectives through:

  • Identifying and evaluating the unique biosecurity risks facing northern Australia
  • Developing and implementing measures to support early detection of targeted pests, diseases and weeds across northern Australia
  • Contributing to national and international initiatives relating to biosecurity including capability and capacity building through training and education in tropical biosecurity
  • Engaging with Indigenous and other remote community stakeholders on measures supporting biosecurity service delivery
  • Contributing to the department’s biosecurity preparedness/response initiatives in northern Australia.

The Job

  • Contribute to the continued policy development, technical design and delivery of aquatic biosecurity surveillance activities in northern Australia, with particular emphasis on the Indigenous Ranger Aquatic Biosecurity Program
  • Provide sound technical information and advice on aquatic biosecurity and contribute to the co-ordination and delivery of project outcomes including communications and training materials and reporting requirements
  • Build and maintain networks with key stakeholders including State, Territory and Commonwealth agencies, industry representatives, commercial and recreational fishers and Indigenous Land and Sea Rangers.

What we are looking for

Knowledge and experience

  • A strong technical background in aquatic pests and diseases and the ability to apply their knowledge to program development and implementation
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in a team, as well as individually, to meet key deliverables with minimal supervision
  • Experience working with Indigenous communities in northern Australia is desirable

Skills and capabilities

  • Excellent communication and inter-personal skills, including the ability to adapt their communication (both oral and written) to a range of audiences including the general public, Indigenous ranges, aquatic industries including maritime transport and aquaculture, academics and government peers
  • An understanding of the application of the Department’s policy and legislative framework
  • A demonstrated ability to be responsive and flexible in managing changing circumstances and competing priorities
  • Organisational skills including the ability to set and manage multiple and competing priorities and meet strict deadlines

Mandatory qualifications

Tertiary qualification in a relevant field.

For additional information, please read the Job Description below.

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