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An outstanding opportunity exists for a suitably qualified and experienced person to join the Alice Springs and Old Man Plains Research Farms as a Technical Officer.

Located on the outskirts of Alice Springs, the Research Farms are mixed farming research and demonstration facilities focusing on beef cattle production, horticultural trials and best practice semi-arid rangeland management.

Job Type:

Contract - 36 Months


Technical Officer 2 - Remuneration Package $73,481 - $83,004


Immediate Start


24th Sept 2023

Job Description:

You will assist senior staff to undertake the daily farm activities at the AZRI (Arid Zone Research Institute) and Old Man Plains Research Farms with an emphasis on the day-to-day maintenance and management of facilities, grounds, equipment, livestock and crops.


APPLICATIONS CLOSE 24th September 2023

Key Tasks, Duties & Responsibilities:

Key duties and responsibilities include:

  • Operation and maintenance of farm machinery and equipment

  • Maintenance of Research Farm infrastructure including mowing, weed control, grounds and tree maintenance. 

  • Assist with management of livestock and crops, including livestock handling and irrigation. 

  • Undertake farm grounds and facilities maintenance activities including for fences, yards and water infrastructure. 

  • Assist with research farm development activities and support extension activities such as field days and demonstrations. 

  • Undertake accurate data recording activities and maintain farm records. 

  • Be familiar with and adhere to safe work practices and willing to work outside of standard hours when required.

Job Requirements:


  • An appropriate qualification in agriculture or related field, and / or considerable relevant experience 

  • Experience with farm operations, livestock handling, data collection and general farming practices. 

  • Proven experience in farming facilities and infrastructure maintenance including welding and grading. 

  • Ability to operate and maintain a wide variety of farm machinery and equipment used in agricultural production. 

  • A positive team oriented approach and ability to work effectively with limited supervision, plus willingness to interact positively with people of diverse cultures, and willingness to follow direction and correct procedures. 

  • Effective interpersonal, written, computer and oral communication skills. 

  • Drive a manual 4WD vehicle. 


  • A current Heavy Rigid driver’s licence. 

  • Hold a current First Aid Certificate or have the ability to obtain and maintain this qualification. 

  • Hold a ChemCert or SmarTrain Certificate or have the ability to obtain and maintain this qualification.

Job Benefits:

  • Employment comes with the option to occupy a three-bedroom house on-site.


To find out more about the role, please contact James Christian on 08 8951 8100 or | Quote vacancy number: 12950 | When applying please note:

Atomic NT Gov 20230911

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