Technical Officer – Agricultural Instruction – Dairy Job in Western Australia

Technical Officer – Agricultural Instruction – Dairy Job in Western Australia


Job title: Technical Officer – Agricultural Instruction – Dairy

Company: Government of Western Australia

Expected salary: $68636 per year

Location: Wokalup, WA

Technical Officer – Agricultural Instruction – Dairy Job Details:

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Independent Public School – Southwest Education Region

WA College Of Agriculture – Harvey

Technical Officer – Agricultural Instruction – Dairy


Level 1.3, $65,958 – Level 1.4, $68,636 per annum (PSCA 2022) + 15.3% commuted allowance (PSCA 2022)

Advertised Vacancy Number: IPS/SS831002

This is a permanent full-time position commencing Term 4, 2023

In this role, you will primarily be focused as an Agriculture Training Officer. Please read the job description form attached and advert carefully.

The right person

We are seeking an enthusiastic person with experience in the dairy industry to join the team.

The ideal candidate would be someone with industry experience who is keen on passing on their passion and experience to upper school age students in a specialised Agricultural College setting. Our students are the next generation of farmers and industry leaders, and we are looking for the right people with the right attitude (with or without the usual qualifications) to help them get there.

The usual qualifications needed for this job are a Certificate III in Agriculture, and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. Don’t worry if you don’t have these qualifications because if you are the right person we will upskill you. We will appoint you to the appropriate level in line with your current qualifications and experience, whilst we help you to study for the qualifications needed within the first 6 to 12 months of your employment.

Additional professional benefits

We will provide the right applicant with the additional training and support to do the job. This support may include financial support for courses you might need to complete and negotiated time to complete your studies.

Other benefits of this job include:

  • 37.5 hour working week.
  • 11 percent employer superannuation contributions.
  • Paid leave entitlements including annual leave, sick leave, long service leave.
  • Additional 150 hours paid overtime.

About the position

We are seeking a new Agricultural Training Officer for our Dairy enterprise to work alongside the Manager of Dairy Operations.

Agricultural Training Officers assist in the management and operation of one of the farm enterprises and conduct training and assessment in that context. As such the successful applicant will have specific industry skills in dairy and will have (or be supported to develop) a range of generic skills such as fencing, livestock, machinery operation, pasture and fodder production

Agricultural Training Officers also assist in the preparation of agricultural training programs and are involved with the instruction and supervision of groups of year 10 to 12 students in a workplace environment.

The successful applicant will have the ability to work as part of a close team, have strong organisational skills and the ability to develop effective working relationships with young adult students.

Agricultural Training Officers work a set Monday to Friday roster but also share in weekend and after hours’ overtime to cover livestock welfare needs and other essential farm tasks. They are paid 150 hours of commuted overtime per year, equating to an additional 15% salary on top of the base rate. Annual leave must be taken during school term breaks.

About the school

The Western Australia College of Agriculture in Harvey has a long-standing reputation for producing fine young citizens job ready for a range of industries. The school is co-educational for students in Years 10, 11 and 12. As a specialist Agricultural and related trades training school, students come from across Western Australia with most boarding on site. Students apply to attend the College with a genuine interest in our programs and what these can do for their future job prospects. As a result, our students want to be here and want to learn.

Our College is located in Wokalup, 8kms south of the Harvey town centre, on a 900ha farm run on a semi commercial basis. We have a number of sections which provide students with real life working experiences in horticulture (parks and gardens, vegetables, citrus and vines), beef, sheep, dairy, intensive animals, farm workshop and general farm maintenance.

Harvey is an approximately 1.5-hour drive south from Perth, a 20-minute drive to the coast, and a 40-minute drive to the city of Bunbury. The area is well supported with a range of sporting and recreation opportunities, schooling options, shopping and medical services. It is a great place to live.

To learn more about our College and what we offer, we encourage you to visit our website at

This selection process will initially be used to fill the above vacancy. Applicants assessed as suitable during this selection process may be considered for other similar vacancies that occur throughout our school for up to 12 months following this initial appointment. This includes circumstances where this position becomes subsequently vacant should the successful applicant decline or vacate the advertised position.

Please note: We will work out the right salary with you after the selection process is finalised.

Applicants without qualifications will commence in the Level 1 range (as negotiated with the principal). Qualified applicants will commence at Level 2 or 3 in line with their qualifications and requisite experience.

Applications will be assessed against the work-related requirements (selection criteria) of the position. The business needs of the school may also be considered. It is therefore recommended that you consider all information contained in the advertisement and any other related information before applying for the vacancy.

The Department is an equal opportunity employer and encourages people with disability, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and persons from culturally diverse backgrounds to apply.

Further information about WA College Of Agriculture – Harvey can be found by visiting or

For further job-related information

You are encouraged to contact Geoff Howell, Farm Manager, for further information about this employment opportunity, including information about living and working in Wokalup, by telephoning (08) 9782 2100 or emailing

Application Instructions

All applications are submitted online. Select “Apply for Job”, at either the top or bottom of this screen and follow the instructions on your screen.

Your application should include:

  • A covering letter describing your relevant industry experience, any experience you have in training environments and any circumstances where you have worked with young adults.
  • A CV summarising your employment history and any certificates, qualifications or professional learning relevant to this position.
  • The contact details for two (2) work related referees who can attest to the claims made in your written application, preferably one being your current line manager.

It is recommended you have these documents completed and ready to attach before selecting “Apply for Job”.

You are asked to complete an online application form and attach your documentation, please allow enough time to complete this process as applications cannot be accepted after the closing date and time.

After you have submitted your application online, you will receive an email confirming lodgement. If you do not receive a confirmation email, please telephone (08) 9264 4127.

If you are having difficulty submitting your online application, please telephone (08) 9264 8666 for assistance.

The Department applies a four (4) day breach period to this selection process.

Applications must be submitted before 4.30pm (WST) on Friday, 25 August 2023



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