Senior Biosecurity Officer


Hinchinbrook Shire Council


Ingham, Queensland

Salary etc:

$71,665 p.a. + super (Stream A Level 3). Ongoing, Full-time.

Our Region

Ingham is uniquely positioned just over an hour north of Townsville and approximately three hours south of Cairns and is within the tropical paradise of the Hinchinbrook Shire. With Ingham at its centre, the region is surrounded by rugged mountain ranges, giant waterfalls, the Great Barrier Reef, wild beaches and tropical islands. It’s a place where breathtaking scenery, unique wildlife, world-class fishing experiences, delicious, locally sourced food, inspirational art and 60,000 years of culture are all weaved into one incredible story: The Hinchinbrook Way.

The Opportunity

As part of the Natural Assets Department, the Biosecurity Team carry out activities and measures to protect and enhance the unique environment of the Hinchinbrook Shire.

The Senior Biosecurity Officer supervises a range of invasive species and natural asset management programs.

To be successful, you will demonstrate personal attributes that are consistent with Councils values of Integrity, People Focused, Excellence and Sustainability and you will possess the following:

Skills and Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated success in planning and managing day-to-day field operations in a constantly changing environment.
  • Experience in invasive species management or natural resource management, including a working knowledge of relevant legislation.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, including in the areas of negotiation, influencing and conflict resolution.
  • Well-developed computer literacy skills in Microsoft Office products and computer peripherals including GIS and mapping software.
  • Previous experience supervising a small team.

Our Council

Hinchinbrook Shire Council is one of the largest employers in the region with approximately 200 employees working across multiple technical, administrative, operational and senior management roles.  Our team enjoys a fair, equitable and flexible workplace so that our staff can enjoy the many attractions and events that come with living in the Hinchinbrook community. Council offers favourable working conditions including a nine-day fortnight for most roles, generous superannuation and leave entitlements.

What Council Offers

  • 5hour fortnight with roster variations depending on the position (9-day fortnight - RDOs in accordance with Council policy)
  • Up to 12.5% Superannuation employer contribution for contributing members
  • 5 weeks annual leave plus 17.5% annual leave loading
  • 15 days paid sick/parental leave
  • Salary Packaging options
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Accredited Mental Health First Aid Officers
  • Annual Flu vaccinations + Skin Checks
  • Corporate Uniforms (annual allowance) and PPE supplied

General Salary Information:

Stream A Level 3 $71,665 per annum plus superannuation.

Pre-employment Screening

Pre-employment screening includes Medicals, Drug and Alcohol Testing, and Criminal History Checks to ensure capability to perform the inherent requirements of the role.

Working Conditions and Physical Requirements

Applicants must be able to safely and competently carry out strenuous labouring and manual handling activities. The position will require the employee to carry out physical tasks which may include manual handling, repetitive bending, kneeling, twisting and/or squatting, lifting, working in confined spaces, and working at heights.

Hinchinbrook Shire Council is an equal opportunity employer. Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people and disadvantaged job seekers are encouraged to apply. Only people with the right to work in Australia may apply for this position.


Date published:


Closing date:

5pm, 06-Aug-2024