Biosecurity Field Team Supervisor


Department of Agriculture and Fisheries


Cairns, Queensland

Salary etc:

$63,728 - $69,731 p.a. (OO4). Fixed-term, Temporary, Full-time.



Working within the Invasive Plants and Animals Program, you will lead field surveillance and treatment activities as required to eradicate target weed species (Miconia, Mikania vine and Limnocharis) in the Tropical Weeds Eradication Program.

Key tasks and responsibilities of the role (your contribution)

  • Provide on-the-ground direction and support, lead by example, quality assure team members work, provide an escalation point for team member questions e.g., support team members in managing difficult conversations with members of the public/landowners; assure accurate and timely recording of field data using standard forms.
  • Undertake field-based surveillance, mapping and/or trapping and sampling and/or treatment activities as required under your Biosecurity Program.
  • Supervise a field team on an ongoing basis. This includes but is not limited to allocating team roles and delegating tasks, monitoring work, supporting staff well-being and positive group dynamics and facilitating staff induction and ongoing learning and development.
  • Communicate clearly and appropriately with managers, team members, landowners, and members of the public and model good communication practices. For example, providing information regarding pest weeds, when and where to report them and how to treat them.
  • Adhere and support team adherence to strict program protocols and timeframes, applicable spread prevention protocols, technical procedures and workplace, health and safety requirements including equipment and chemicals, working remotely in difficult terrain such as steep slopes, dense rainforest, and various weather conditions.
  • Follow and model workplace, health and safety procedures/safe work practices at all times and support team members in doing the same. For example, this could include but not be limited to.
    • Safely using a machete in rainforest environments (described as challenging).
    • Taking prudent steps to self-protect by carrying sufficient operational equipment, protective clothing, footwear, food, and water.
  • Promote effective public relations for Biosecurity Queensland by answering general questions from the public regarding your specific Biosecurity program/project. This may require seeking consent to enter properties.
  • Supervise field staff and lead joint survey and control operations with Local Government, Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service and other agencies.
  • Organise and coordinate specific Biosecurity surveys, surveillance and mapping projects correlating GPS and other data, recording and reporting information as required.
  • Make safe and competent use of computers, mobile phones, and satellite navigation (GPS) systems and other navigational equipment as well as chainsaws, machetes and other job-relevant equipment and substances.

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