Operating from within Agri-Science Queensland (ASQ), you will be part of a team delivering the Advanced Coastal Farming Systems project in the Mackay region. The Advanced Coastal Farming System project forms part of the DAF Reef Water Quality Program aiming to increase the capacity of producers to utilise scientifically validated techniques in combination with innovative on-ground solutions that benefit productivity and at the same time provide environmental benefits of coastal farms that operate in Great Barrier Reef catchments. The project will use current AgTech, coupled with good agronomy, to improve input use efficiency in their farming system.
Integration of grain legume rotations (like soybean) is a key step in improving the soil health that underpins the state's sugarcane industry. To that end the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) have invested in the coastal zone specifically to increase soybean production in Australia, through the 'Supporting the expansion of soybeans in high rainfall zones' project. This project has a node in the Mackay area.
What You Will Do
As our Development Extension officer, you will:
- Provide strategic regional assistance to the Coastal Farming Systems Team in the Mackay/Whitsunday region in Central Queensland to build a portfolio of research, development and extension projects that supports continued innovation for productive, profitable, and sustainable farming systems in line with Department and government priorities.
- In consultation with the node leader, develop and negotiate new projects and funding from other agencies and funding bodies that address the subsequent research priorities.
- Build and maintain effective and mutually beneficial internal and external relationships and collaborative partnerships with industry organisations, Natural Resource Management bodies and other government agencies at a regional level particularly around issues related to the Great Barrier Reef impacts.
- Develop, implement, and evaluate a field trial program that advances agronomic practices that have a positive impact on input use efficiencies.
- Ensure appropriate learning processes and communications are used so that research outcomes are understood by stakeholder and are integrated into improved management practices and ability to implement agronomic field trial program.
- Contribute to the research and publish key findings in scientific journals; report impacts and implications in line with Industry, Department and Government needs.
- Maintain an individual professional development program and active professional networks to ensure international best practice in research and extension in the farming systems area.
What You Will Bring
- Possession of a Degree in agricultural science, applied science, rural science or equivalent academic qualification with knowledge and/or skills in field based agronomic research.
- C Class Drivers Licence, with the ability to get a manual licence.
- Knowledge of emerging issues for modern farming systems in coastal Queensland, particularly in the area of off-site impact and Great Barrier Reef issues and the subsequent challenges for profitability and sustainability of natural resources in the region, and the implications for farming systems research in Central Queensland.
- Demonstrated ability to conduct, manage and report the outcomes of rigorous field based research using experimental and on-farm research methods.
- Knowledge of broad-acre cropping systems (legumes and sugarcane) in coastal environments and ability to identify the agronomic needs of regional primary industries and communities.
Why Join The Department
The work we do is widespread and varied, but our people are united by an innate sense of purpose, and a passion to serve their fellow Queenslanders. Our people are talented, down-to-earth, and resilient, and the work they do every day fills them with gratification and pride. This is what keeps them coming back.
Here are some other reasons why our people choose us:
- Have visible impact in your community, and directly contribute to making Queensland a better place to live.
- Flexible working options that encourage a healthy work-life balance.
- Salary sacrificing options and competitive superannuation through QSuper.
- A variety of fantastic leave benefits, supported across the broader Queensland public sector.
- Access to confidential free counselling for you and your immediate family members through our employee assistance program.
Just imagine what you could achieve with us.