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Current Opportunities

From time to the time, the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry has a need for entomologists, plant pathologists and molecular biologists (with plant pathology, entomology or botany skills) at any of their eight plant health diagnostic laboratories located in capital cities and Cairns.

The Temporary Employment Register enables them to access appropriately skilled and experienced individuals at short notice for short term employment opportunities. Depending on business requirements, positions will be for a fixed term and may be on a full-time, part-time or casual basis. Register your interest online by completing an application in the Temporary Employment Register. Applications remain current for six months after which you’ll need to re-apply. To be eligible to work with the department, you must be an Australian citizen.

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Everyone working in plant biosecurity diagnostics in Australian or New Zealand is encouraged to join NPBDN. Relevant disciplines include bacteriologists, botanists, entomologists, general plant pathologists, molecular biologists, mycologists, nematologists, phytoplasmologists, virologists and weed scientists.

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