Technical Officer, Biodiversity Sampling


  • Temporary, full-time role (up to 3 years)
  • Based at the Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan
  • Salary from $59,211 + superannuation

About the role


As the Biodiversity Sampling Officer, you will be responsible for coordinating acquisition and field collection of plant material throughout NSW, including plant material for DNA studies, seed and herbarium specimens. You will also assist with research fieldwork, curation of specimens, laboratory research and collection of data related to plant conservation projects in the Science, Education and Conservation branch.


About you


Presenting with a strong knowledge of the Australian Flora, you will possess good field collecting/botanical skills and will be able to work state-wide, planning and implementing the NSW-wide plant collecting program. You will enjoy a mixture of both being out in the field, as well as seed processing and managing the back of house elements as well.


You will be confident providing advice and guidance at all levels and will have strong stakeholder engagement skills. Experience in collecting and processing plant material for DNA research as well as scientific data collection, manipulation and management experience will be advantageous for this position.


In order to be considered for this role, you will need to provide evidence of the following:


  • Relevant qualification in Biological Sciences.
  • Current First Aid (HLTAID003) qualification or equivalent.
  • Current Australian driver’s licence with the ability to drive manual vehicles and willingness to undertake remote fieldwork trips for extended periods of time.
  • Ability to work outside of normal working hours and on weekends if required.

About Us


At the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment, our vision is to create thriving environments, communities and economies for the people of New South Wales. We focus on some of the biggest issues facing our state. We deliver sustainable water resource and environment management, secure our energy supply, oversee our planning system, maximise community benefit from government land and property, and create the conditions for a prosperous state. We strive to be a high-performing, world-class public service organisation that celebrates and reflects the full diversity of the community we serve and seeks to embed Aboriginal cultural awareness and knowledge throughout the department.


At the Botanic Gardens - we are responsible for the management and stewardship of the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, the Domain, the Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan and the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mount Tomah.


Applying for the role


Please apply by submitting a current resume and brief cover letter (2 pages maximum) outlining why you’d like to join the Department and what you would bring to our team.


If you would like to hear more about these opportunities, please contact Peter Cuneo on 0438 641086


Closing Date: Sunday 25th October 2020 at 11:55 PM AEST


A recruitment pool may be created for ongoing and temporary roles of the same role or role type that may become available for filling over the next eighteen months.


Our commitment to Diversity


The Planning, Industry and Environment Cluster strives to be an inclusive workplace for all people. We recognise that we operate in a diverse community and welcome and encourage applications from all ages and genders, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, culturally and linguistically diverse groups, the LGBTIQ+ community, veterans, refugees and people with disability.


Our commitment to flexible working


The Department of Planning, Industry & Environment is committed to ensuring the sector reflects the NSW community it serves. We support an inclusive workplace where staff have access to opportunities and resources at all levels, enabling our team members to drive innovation, productivity and delivery of high-quality services. We are open to discussing flexible working arrangements and encourage our people to explore new ways of working - including part-time, job-share or working from different locations. Everyone can ask about it.