Development Extension Officer - South Johnstone (Temporary Assignment)

  • Location: Cairns
  • Salary Guide: Salary is based on experience
  • Discipline: Other Area(s)
  • Contract
  • Job published: 02 Jul 2024
About the role

As a Development Extension Officer, you will provide support to a range of research projects, with duties including:
 Site selection
 Trial field plan design and layout that successfully implement trials and demonstrations.
 Trial implementation
 Soil and plant sample collection, weighing, recording and processing
 Data collection and collation including
 Making observations and accurately recording data from the field and the lab to capture plant growth, nutrient uptake, input use efficiency, biomass and processing of sample for further analysis.
 Calibration of planters, fertiliser applicators and spray rigs.
 Identification of weeds, pests and diseases.
 Liaison with industry stakeholders including grower engagement.
 Assist in the preparation and delivery at field days, shed meetings and industry events.
 Interacting with producers to encourage practice change that is reportable through the P2R projector app.
 Collaborate with project leaders and other team members on a range of research, development and extension projects including:
Field trails to evaluate the Soil Post Legume Nitrogen Application Tool (SPLAT) as a platform to assist growers to make a step-wise practice change to lower plant cane nitrogen rates.
Trials and demonstrations that highlight the benefits of reduced tillage inputs and controlled traffic in sugar-based farming systems.
Trials and demonstrations that showcase opportunities to improve the productivity and profitability of grain legume rotations crops that could include plant population, fungicide strategies, irrigation timeliness and alike.

Technical requirements

 Knowledge of broadacre cropping systems and associated resources for a coastal environment and ability to identify the agronomic needs of regional primary industries and communities.
 Demonstrated ability to conduct, manage and report the outcomes of field-based research conducted using on-farm research methods.
 Ability to capture plant growth and nutrient uptake data through plant and soil sampling techniques.
 Ability to identify weeds, pests and diseases.
 Good interpersonal skills to maintain productive working relationships with peers and industry stakeholders
 Demonstrated networking and coordination skills using adult learning processes and community engagement principles.
 Ability to electronically capture and store data for statistical analysis.

Please submit resumes in Word format for consideration