Plant Health Australia is seeking project staff to undertake activities in surveillance and preparedness for exotic plant pests. Candidates skilled in strategy, diagnostic entomology, plant pathology, weed management, agronomy, chemical regulation and environmental management will be considered. Science communication skills would be highly valued.

The successful candidate(s) will be involved in a wide range of projects including but not limited to:

  • development of surveillance plans and protocols
  • the coordination and development of national plant biosecurity strategies, status reports and policy initiatives in plant protection, emergency management and pest diagnostics
  • projects contributing to improved plant biosecurity, including issues related to honey bees, plant biosecurity training and awareness, the development and review of biosecurity plans, farm biosecurity manuals and other material that contribute to the enhanced uptake of biosecurity activities amongst PHA members
  • the regular development of technical reports, plant biosecurity awareness material, issues papers and PHA review submissions.

The successful applicant(s) will have a graduate qualification in a science, agricultural science, environmental science or an equivalent discipline, good communication and technical skills, and desirably, knowledge of issues relevant to plant biosecurity and plant pest management.

Positive workplace values and behaviours will be highly regarded and qualities such as enthusiasm, a willingness to collaborate as well as to work independently, and the ability to build internal and external relationships, will be favourably considered.

How to apply

Your application must address the selection criteria which can be downloaded here.

Applications should be addressed to:

Human Resource Manager,
Level 1, 1 Phipps Close
Deakin ACT 2600

Please email your application and all other enquiries to

Applications are due by close of business Monday 6 May.


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Mandy Gyles
Communication Manager


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Dir: 02 6215 7708  Main: 02 6215 7700  Mob: 0408 332 374

Level 1, 1 Phipps Close, Deakin ACT 2600

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