Biosecurity Officer - Horticulture


Department of Agriculture Water and Environment


Mickleham, Melbourne

Salary etc:

$68,534 - $74,611 p.a. Full-time.

Perform a range of technical duties relating to the management of plant imports in the High Containment Area at the Post Entry Quarantine Facility.

  • Support preservation of Australia's biosecurity
  • Perform a range of duties relating to the importation of high/medium risk plants
  • Applicants need to be energetic, team players, resilient, capable and driven

Under general direction, the successful applicant will provide a high level of horticultural and nursery management skills to propagate and maintain valuable plant material undergoing post entry quarantine screening at the PEQ.

The key duties of the role include, but are not limited to:

  • performing a range of biosecurity activities within a post-entry quarantine facility in accordance with established quarantine inspection policies and procedures
  • implementing and maintaining a high degree of biosecurity control and adherence to procedures to maintain biosecurity integrity
  • undertaking a range of plant husbandry duties to care for, treat and monitor plants subject to post-entry quarantine including watering, sowing, potting, pruning, insect scouting, chemical spraying and conducting biological indexing
  • monitoring climatic conditions in the glasshouse according to the requirements of the plant variety
  • participating in daily cleaning and general maintenance of a PC2 plant facility in accordance with approved quality standards
  • ensuring strict plant hygiene standards and pest and disease control is maintained at all times to limit the spread of exotic plant pests from and within the nursery
  • ensuring all records are correctly maintained including maintaining computer based and manual records, as appropriate, for operational and audit purposes
  • liaising with the pathology and policy teams and clients and industry stakeholders as required
  • training other staff in horticultural processes, methods, equipment and safety procedures as required or appropriate
  • making decisions (including exercising delegations) under the Biosecurity Act 2015
  • assisting, and gaining knowledge of, other areas of PEQ including but not limited to other units in the section responsible for cats, dogs, bees, avian and horses
  • ensuring compliance with, and adherence to, departmental WHS policies and guidelines as well as the APS Values and Code of Conduct.

What we are looking for

Knowledge and experience

  • Experience in nursery production and plant propagation in a diverse range of crops with experience preferred in budding, grafting, seed propagation and tissue culture.
  • An understanding of greenhouse systems, plant nutrition management, nursery hygiene practices and principles including pest and disease control and spraying.
  • An understanding of the Biosecurity Act 2015 and other relevant legislative and policy frameworks.

The following knowledge/experience will be highly regarded:

  • Extensive experience (three years or more) in a production nursery.
  • Experience with fruiting plants in a glasshouse environment.
  • An understanding of or experience with the plant import process.
  • Previous experience in a quarantine or biocontainment facility.

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