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Adoption Officer - Irrigation Management

Sugar Research Australia - Brisbane City, QLD

Agriculture, Nature & Animal
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JOB DESCRIPTION

    Lead on-ground activities to facilitate adoption of irrigation practices

    Work in a highly collaborative project

    Contribute to industry sustainability and social licence to operate

Sugar Research Australia
Sugar Research Australia invests in and manages a portfolio of research, development and adoption projects that drive productivity, profitability and sustainability for the Australian sugarcane industry.

We have highly dedicated and passionate people working on industry-critical projects to deliver tangible value outcomes and impact for our industry stakeholders.

About the Role
The Adoption Officer – Irrigation Management supports a 3.5 year project funded through the Great Barrier Reef Foundation. The project is in partnership with the Burdekin Productivity Services, Farmacist, James Cook University, AgriTech Solutions, QDAF, Burdekin Bowen Integrated Floodplain Management Advisory Committee and other relevant stakeholders.

A key member of the project team, the Adoption Officer is responsible for the assessment of current irrigation practices, making recommendations to improve irrigation efficiency, demonstrating benefit of improved systems and tools, and facilitating practice change. This involves interaction with Growers, Millers and key stakeholders to increase profitability, productivity and sustainability within the sugar industry whilst also resulting in water quality benefits.

Key Responsibilities Include:
    Assist in project delivery, management and implementation whilst operating within and contributing to a constructive team environment

    Engage grower participants in the Burdekin Irrigation Project

    Perform irrigation systems assessments on farm to identify opportunities for improvement

    Identify irrigation management strategies that form the basis of in-field demonstrations

    Establish demonstration sites on suitable farms, including the installation and maintenance of in-field water quality sampling equipment and irrigation scheduling equipment, leading to grower discussion of results and assisting in knowledge delivery

    Collection and processing of water samples, including collection on weekends and public holidays, depending on timing of rainfall/irrigation and collection of yield data

    Engage with farmers to communicate results of the demonstrations, including the development of suitable communication material (e.g. Fact Sheets)

    Conduct farmer surveys to gain baseline and end-of-project practice data (Paddock to Reef survey)

    Facilitate farmer meetings aimed at improving their knowledge of irrigation management, water use efficiency and quality issues

    Engage with farmers to evaluate and compare the economics of conventional and alternative farm practices that lead to water use and quality improvements

    Relate improved water use and quality potential to practical and profitable sugarcane agronomy

    Establish and maintain constructive working relationships with all project partners and grower collaborators

    Represent SRA in a positive, professional manner.

About You
You will bring with you the following qualifications, capabilities and experience:

Essential
    Demonstrated extension, scientific or farm management experience

    Sound understanding of irrigation management, water use efficiency and agronomy

    Ability to critically analyse data with a view to understanding impacts of farm management practice changes on profitability, productivity and sustainability

    Ability to facilitate practice change on farm

    High level of physical fitness and ability to work under hot and humid weather conditions, as well as ability and willingness to work in-field alone, as required

    Proven ability to exercise effective project management skills, particularly in planning and implementing project deliverables

    Sound understanding of the political nature of project funding and outcomes and ability to navigate through these issues

    Ability and willingness to work weekends and Public Holidays, as required (should rainfall run-off events occur on weekends and/or Public Holidays)

    Ability to exercise initiative and judgement about potential adoption methodologies to result in practice change

    Ability to supervise casual staff, as required

    Demonstrated computer literacy

    High level of motivation and initiative.

Desirable
    Knowledge of water quality issues related to the Great Barrier Reef Water Quality Improvement Program

    Experience in maintaining technical instrumentation particularly irrigation scheduling tools

    Experience in in-field water quality sampling methods and collection

    Basic GIS skills.

To Apply
Please note this is a Fixed Term role of 3 years (ends 30 June 2024) and some intra- and inter-state travel may be required.

If your capabilities and experience meet the requirements of the role and you would like to be part of our dedicated team, please click ‘Apply’ to submit your application. Your application should include your resume and address the requirements of the position.

Applicants must have the right to work in Australia in order to apply. A working-holiday visa is not suitable due to the restriction of no more than 6 months’ work with any one employer and sponsorship is not available. The successful applicant will also be required to undertake a medical screening and a police check.

Brisbane City, QLD

Agriculture, Nature & Animal




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