Senior Development Extension Officer (PO4)


Department of Agriculture and Fisheries


Cairns, Queensland

Salary etc:

$110,800 - $119,148 p.a. + 12.75% super (PO4). Fixed-term, Temporary.



  • Tenure: Fixed Term Temporary until 30 June 2027.
  • Total package: $126,413 to $135,937 (made up of):
    • Salary: $110,800 to $119,148.
    • Superannuation (12.75%): $14,127 to $15,191.
    • Leave loading: $1,486 to $1,598.

We are looking for a Senior Development Extension Officer to provide agronomic support to the producers of the Mossman sugarcane production region to explore the diversification from sugarcane into alternative agricultural options.

As our Senior Development Extension Officer, your key responsibilities will be to:

  • Provide agronomic regional leadership to the Mossman (Queensland) agricultural region to promote and guide producers in diversifying from a sugarcane dominant region to alternative broadacre crops and alternative agriculture industries as part of this regions transition package.
  • Build and maintain effective and mutually beneficial internal and external relationships and collaborative partnerships with regional stakeholders and industry organisations, and other government agencies at a regional level. Your focus will be the development of emerging agricultural opportunities whilst considering both the Great Barrier Reef impacts, and economic diversification agenda for the region.
  • Develop and coordinate research that develops and advances agronomic practices, value adds to existing cropping or provides alternative cropping options that have a positive impact for the region.
  • Develop, promote, and conduct activities that review research outcomes and management options using the fit for purpose adult learning processes making key information available for use by growers, agronomists and interested stakeholders.

Mandatory Requirements:

  • It is a mandatory requirement for a professional officer to possess an Australian Bachelor degree (AQF level 7 or equivalent) or higher (from a recognised tertiary institution) in agricultural science, applied science, rural science or equivalent academic qualification with knowledge and/or skills in field based agronomic research.
  • A current 'C' Class driver licence, with the ability to get a manual licence.

Technical Requirements:

  • Knowledge of broadacre cropping systems and associated resources for a coastal environment and ability to identify the agronomic needs of regional primary industries and communities.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct, manage and report the outcomes of field-based research conducted using on-farm research methods.
  • Demonstrated networking and coordination skills using adult learning processes and community engagement principles.
  • A knowledge of the farming region and community within the Mossman Wet Tropic catchment would be advantageous.

Just imagine what you could achieve with us!

Join us and be a part of growing Queensland's agri-system.


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