Fancy a job in biosecurity controlling pest species?

13 12 2018


My mate Dr Brad Page — Principal Biosecurity Officer (Pest Animals) at Biosecurity SA — asked me to post the following jobs he’s advertising for pest-animal control. Now, I’m near-completely opposed to ‘wild dog’ (i.e., dingo) control in Australia, but I’ve agreed to post the third position as well, despite my ecological misgivings. Brad has a different perspective.

We have exciting opportunities for three new pest animal control coordinators, who will be working to support and reinvigorate control of deer, rabbits, and ‘wild dogs’.

All three coordinators will be part of our Biosecurity SA Division within PIRSA. These new positions will report to our Principal Biosecurity Officer, Pest Animals.


Deer and Rabbit Control Coordinators (two positions)

The Deer Control Coordinator and the Rabbit Control Coordinator will provide tailored professional support to natural resource management (NRM) staff and community groups doing control programs. These coordinators will aim to increase the impact of deer and rabbit control programs to support primary producers and biodiversity managers. The position will connect and empower existing community and industry groups, maximising impacts of their efforts to control feral deer and rabbits in agricultural landscapes.

‘Wild Dog’ Control Coordinator (one position)


The ‘Wild Dog’ Control Coordinator will support the State ‘Wild Dog’ Coordinator who is delivering a range of ‘wild dog’ planning and control programs. The Control Coordinator will support the development of statewide standards for best-practice ‘wild dog’ control, administration of the Government’s ‘wild dog’ trapping program, and work to improve our ‘wild dog’ control monitoring systems. The Control Coordinator will also support the State ‘Wild Dog’ Coordinator’s work to foster connections among ‘wild dog’ control groups and promote shared responsibility for ‘wild dog’ management. The role has a strong focus on reducing the impacts of ‘wild dogs’ to improve socio-economic outcomes.

Location: Urrbrae, South Australia

Salary etc: $81,352 — $90,220 per year (PO2)

Vacancy numbers: 332463 (Deer Control Coordinator), 332865 (Rabbit Control Coordinator) and 333068 (‘Wild Dog’ Control Coordinator)


Primary Industries and Regions SA, as a key economic development agency of the South Australian Government, works across a diverse range of industry sectors including agriculture, livestock, forestry, fishing and aquaculture and regional development. We involve and engage with others to ensure we make good decisions, have clear policies, plan and implement effective programs, drive relevant projects, promote efficient resource use and broker shared responsibility. In this way we enable the State’s primary industry sectors and regions to remain competitive, productive and sustainable.


At PIRSA, we offer our employees challenging and rewarding work with opportunities for career progression, learning and development and flexibility.

Our commitment to diversity

PIRSA is committed to building a flexible, diverse and inclusive culture, planning for and promoting diversity. We welcome and encourage applications from diverse community groups and ages, particularly Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, LGBTIQ, people with disabilities, women and other diversity groups. PIRSA recognises the benefits that such an approach brings for our staff and customers in delivering the future of South Australia.

Special conditions

These positions are initially offered as contracts for up to 12 months, with the possibility of extensions. Possession of a current driver’s licence and a willingness to drive. Extensive out of hours work and extensive intrastate and interstate travel are required.

Flexibility statement

The South Australian public sector promotes diversity and flexible ways of working including part-time. Applicants are encouraged to discuss the flexible working arrangements for this role.

Enquiries: Dr Brad Page. tel: 08 8429 0803, e-mail: (website:

Application requirements

Applications must be submitted online via, citing Reference Numbers: 332463 (Deer Control Coordinator), 332865 (Rabbit Control Coordinator) and 333068 (Wild Dog Control Coordinator).

Please make it clear in your application if you would like to be considered for a particular position, or for any of the three positions.

If you are interested in these opportunities, please submit a Covering Letter (no more than 3 pages) outlining your skills and experience in relation to the following capabilities in the role descriptions: Professional and Technical Knowledge, Leading and Motivating Others and Problem Solving. Please also submit your current CV (no more than 5 pages). You must also include the contact information of at least two referees, with one being your immediate supervisor/manager and a completed ‘Pre-Employment Declaration in the SA Public Sector’ form.

Applications close: 19 December 2018 at 23:45.



One response

13 12 2018
Justine Philip

reducing the impacts of ‘wild dogs’ to improve socio-economic outcomes…at the same time as using lethal controls to get rid of their prey (deer and rabbits)? I’m not sure I understand what they are planning to achieve.


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