Technical Specialist (Livestock Management) | NSW Department of Primary Industries, Orange NSW (flexible location)

Closes 12 February 2018

Organisation/Entity: Department of Industry – Primary Industries
Job Category:
  • Environmental | Agriculture
  • Research and Analysis | Research
  • Research and Analysis | Strategy
  • Research and Analysis | Analysis
  • Research and Analysis | Reporting
  • Environmental | Specialist Manager
Job Location:
  • Regional NSW / Bathurst & Central West NSW
Job Reference Number: 495589
Work Type: Full-Time
Total Remuneration Package: Professional Officer Grade 5
Closing Date: 12/02/2018 – 11:55 PM
  • Located in Orange or large NSW Department of Primary Industries Centre
  • Ongoing full time role
  • Professional Officer Grade 5
  • Salary from $121,917 + superannuation and annual leave loading

About the Role

We are seeking to appoint a talented Technical Specialist to ensure that research and development programs to improve the productivity, profitability and sustainability of the extensive livestock industries of beef, sheep and wool in NSW are delivered with sound, robust and technical relevant information related to animal production.

In your new role, you will ensure that the extensive livestock industries are able to adopt technical innovation to achieve both higher productivity and increased profitability. This role is self-directed but accountable for delivery of work in project teams which relate to the strategic direction of the Extensive Livestock Industries Unit. You will apply your effective stakeholder engagement and communication skills to ensure that research and development is delivered with an understanding of the complex interactions between all factors driving profitability of the livestock industry.

Specifically, the position will contribute to the key areas of livestock production, livestock health and welfare and climate adaptation and mitigation. Some of the objectives in these areas are to:

  • Develop production systems to meet market specifications and manage risks
  • Overcoming the nutritional limits on expressing the animal‚Äôs full genetic potential Improve reproductive performance and maternal efficiency
  • Reducing the impact of drought and seasonal variation on the sustainability of livestock production
  • Improve grazing management and stocking rates to optimise feed base availability
  • Reduce the impact of disease and parasites on animal welfare and productivity
  • Manage the reproduction and offspring survival risks
  • Develop management tools informed by welfare and behaviour that improve productivity
  • Model the impact of climate change on grazing systems and the efficacy of adaptation strategies

For more information about the role, click here to view the role description.

About You

To be successful in this role, you will have an applied knowledge of grazing system/plant animal interaction to achieve accelerated productivity and profitability. This understanding will be supported by the ability to model the production system. The role works across extensive livestock species and requires interaction with a range of research and development disciplines.

To be considered for this position, you will also have:

  • A Degree in Agricultural Science or other relevant discipline
  • Comprehensive technical knowledge and understanding of extensive livestock animal production and issues relevant to industry, agribusiness and other stakeholders
  • A comprehensive understanding of systems modelling using programs such as Grassgro, Ausfarm and others
  • A current driver‚Äôs license and the ability and willingness to travel

About the Department

The NSW Department of Primary Industries is an agency within the NSW Department of Industry Skills and Regional Development, delivering integrated, innovative programs and projects that grow and sustain not only our primary industries sector but also communities and economies across the state.

Applying for the Role

Applicants must address their suitability for the role by responding to the following questions in a covering letter [maximum three pages] as well as supplying an updated copy of their resume [maximum five pages] with relevant skills and experience and how these relate to the capabilities of the role:

  1. Provide an example of where you have participated in research, development and adoption which has had a reliance on simulation modelling. What was your role and how did it contribute to achieving milestones and outcomes?
  2. Demonstrate your experience in factors and disciplines driving profitability of the livestock industry. Based on your experiences, what lessons have you learnt and how could they be used to improve research project outcomes?
  3. Provide evidence of your understanding of grazing systems/feedbase utilisation that could be used by producers to improve profitability.

Enquiries: Please contact Stephen Exton on 0429 309 997 or email

Closing Date:  12 February 2017

Additional Information

Applications must be lodged electronically. A recruitment pool may be created from this recruitment action for ongoing and temporary roles of the same standard that may become available for filling over the next twelve months.


The NSW Department of Industry is an inclusive workplace which promotes diversity and encourages flexible working arrangements.

Source: Technical Specialist (Livestock Management) | I work for NSW

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