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Farm Hand

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Work type: Full time
Location: Burnie
Categories: Farming, Animals and Conservation

  • Fixed term (4.5 years) full time position
  • Located at Forthside
  • Provide integral support to the TIA Horticulture Centre and TIA Vegetable Research Facility

We are seeking to appoint a Farmhand in the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA), a research institute within the College of Sciences and Engineering. TIA delivers premier research, development, extension and education programs with strong links to key stakeholders in industry through its Joint Venture with the Tasmanian Government. TIA contributes to policy development, education and the wider community. TIA contributes to the development of prosperous, innovative and sustainable rural industries and communities through impact-focused education, research, development and extension initiatives. TIA also administers and delivers an undergraduate and postgraduate teaching program.

The Opportunity

This position is attached to the TIA Horticulture Centre, the TIA Vegetable Research Facility (TVRF) and has as its principal responsibility of conducting routine tasks with some complexity as directed by the Farm Manager. These tasks are connected with the husbandry of commercial crops and the provision of support services to research plots leased out by the farm.

Key Accountabilities:

  • Operate tractors, tractor-drawn machinery, and self-propelled machinery to plough, harrow and fertilize soil, or to plant, cultivate, spray and harvest crops under general direction of the Manager.
  • Carry out general farm maintenance activities for equipment, fencing, pathways, drains and other farming related amenities, under general direction and supervision of the manager. General maintenance of equipment includes the use of hand and power tools to repair or modify equipment where a trade skill is not required.
  • As directed by the Farm Manager, accurately record basic data related to farm activities.
  • Actively seek direction from and provide assistance to farm staff and external clients whilst carrying out research support activities such as the provision of worked ground, irrigation, spray application or other requirements specified by clients.
  • Install and provide appropriate irrigation to commercial crops and research plots at the direction of, and under general supervision of the Manager.


Your Application

To be successful in the role, your cover letter will need to demonstrate;

  • Demonstrated experience and knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting vegetables for safe consumption.
  • In line with Safe Work Procedures, the ability to perform demanding physical activities, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
  • A demonstrated capacity, and if required by law, a license to run, manoeuvre, navigate, and drive vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, tractors, passenger vehicles and side by sides in accordance with Safe Work Procedures.
  • Where recognised trade skills are not required, a demonstrated capacity to service, repair, adjust, and assess the performance of machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of mechanical (not electronic) principles.
  • A demonstrated ability to work collaboratively to achieve team objectives according to daily work plans and under routine supervision. A capacity to communicate effectively with clients, research and other TIA staff members to ensure the safe, appropriate and timely implementation of trial activities.
  • Demonstrated experience within research activities.


Appointment to this role will be at HEO 3 and will have a total remuneration package of up to $72,462 comprising base salary within the range of $55,906 to $61,933 plus 17% superannuation.

How to Apply:

  • To apply online, please provide your CV and 1-2-page cover letter outlining your interest in the role, skills, capabilities and experience.  You do not need to separately address the selection criteria.
  • For further information about this position, please contact Douglas Clark, Manager, TIA Vegetable Research Facility,
  • Please visit for our guide to applying and details on the recruitment process.

Applications close Thursday, 27 February 2020, 11.55pm

You must have the right to live and work in this location to apply for this job.

Download File PD - Farm Hand .pdf

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