Project Officer - Water Quality - Mackay - Fixed Term

Job Description

About Sugar Research Australia (SRA)
Sugar Research Australia (SRA) is owned by the Australian Sugar Industry and is a global leader in sugarcane industry research and development. SRA strives to shape the future prosperity of the Australian sugarcane industry through innovation and ingenuity.
In achieving this ambition, SRA delivers value to the sugarcane industry in three ways: 
  • Planning, investing in, and managing a portfolio of research and development projects with a focus on uncovering innovations that will result in enduring profitability for Australian sugarcane industry,
  • Actively engaging in translational and applied research to improve the adoption of R&D into practice, and
  • Strategically investing in the industry’s plant breeding program and operations. 
About the role - 12 month fixed term opportunity.
The project aims to build knowledge of farming practices and their effects on water quality (leaving the paddock) and productivity.  This knowledge can then be used by growers and advisors to select farming practices which are both beneficial for the environment and farm production. The position supports the project through a mix of hard (technical) and soft (gaining practice change) extension skills.  This position will:
  • establish demonstration sites on suitable farms, including the installation and maintenance of in-field water quality sampling equipment, leading to grower discussion of results and assisting in knowledge delivery
  • collect and process water samples, including collection on weekends and public holidays, depending on timing of rainfall and collection of yield data
  • facilitate farmer and industry meetings aimed at improving their knowledge of water quality issues, specifically related to nitrogen and pesticides
  • engage with farmers and industry stakeholders to communicate results of the demonstrations, including the development of suitable communication material (e.g. Fact Sheets).
About you
You'll be a highly motivated person who shows initiative and likes working outdoors and engaging with external farmers and growers. You will have:
  • a Degree in Agriculture, Environmental Science, or a related discipline or commensurate experience.
  • demonstrated extension, or scientific or farm management experience.
  • an ability to safely use a range of vehicular equipment, including loading, securing, unloading and towing of trailers and farm equipment including fertiliser and pesticide applicators.
  • a high level of physical fitness and ability to work under hot and humid weather conditions, as well as ability and willingness to work in-field alone, as required.
  • a proven ability to exercise effective project management skills, particularly in planning and implementing project deliverables.
  • an ability and willingness to work weekends and Public Holidays, as required (should rainfall run-off events occur on weekends and/or Public Holidays, samples must be collected from the in-field samplers).
  • strong communication and interpersonal skills, and ability to work within a team environment.
  • an ability to maintain a high standard of workplace health and safety.
If you believe you match the above criteria, and want to work as part of a team that explores new initiatives and seeks excellence in research practices, please send your application by clicking ‘Apply Now’ to submit your application, no later than 8am Monday 30 May, 2022.
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The successful applicant will be required to undertake a medical screening and a police check. This is a 12 month fixed term role.