Agriculture Assistant (Casual)

Rockhampton & Capricorn Coast
Farming, Animals & Conservation
Farm Labour
Casual/Vacation
Posted 5d ago

The Rockhampton Grammar School is seeking to employ a skilled Agricultural Assistant on as casual basis. Competitive salary, supportive work environment and welcoming community. Rockhampton Grammar School is located in Central Queensland close to the Capricorn Coast.

Rockhampton Grammar School was founded in 1881 and is an independent co-educational day and boarding school private school, educating and caring for students from Prep to Year 12, as well as the Early Learning Years. The School is the largest independent boarding school in Queensland and the second largest co-educational boarding school in Australia. It is a leading school in regional Queensland and one of the foremost schools in regional Australia. The Rockhampton Grammar School has achieved great success in the academic, cultural, sporting and vocational fields over the past 140 years. The School has a total enrolment of 1,377 students who are exposed to our broad curriculum, giving effect to our commitment of Grow in Character and Scholarship.

KEY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

General duties:

  • Planting, watering and care of crops and market gardens etc. including regular physical maintenance and the use of appropriate insecticides, herbicides and fertilisers where necessary;
  • Care (and feeding) of animals, cleaning cages and pens etc. including weekends, public holidays etc, as negotiated;
  • Provide assistance in setting up facilities and support for onsite and local activities;
  • Maintain infrastructure and keep them in a tidy and clean condition;
  • Regularly inspect infrastructure and grounds and report any damage to the Head of Department and Grounds & Maintenance Manager;
  • Consult with Head of Department and Grounds & Maintenance Manager regarding maintenance matters requiring additional resources outside of farm budget;
  • Purchase and/or collect necessary materials and equipment (non-capital) to perform maintenance function adequately and within budget with approval from Head of Department;
  • Keep the property secure against trespass and vandalism;
  • Keep roadways and access paths clear of obstructions and in good order;
  • Operate machinery and equipment within safe legal limits;
  • Ensure all appropriate risk assessments and Workplace Health & Safety requirements are attended to in terms of farm equipment, infrastructure and resources.
  • Other relevant agricultural duties as directed by Head of Department

Technical duties:

  • Animal husbandry, crop and soil improvement and enhancement activities;
  • Process, sell and deliver produce, product and livestock as required;

Teacher assistance duties:

  • Organise the distribution and collection of class sets of tools, equipment and materials for practical work;
  • Assisting teachers during practical agricultural class activities;
  • General assistance with teaching material for agricultural classes;
  • Assist with duties on campus and at other sites as required eg Belmont, Showteam

Stock duties:

  • Ensure animals are in healthy condition;
  • Control and maintain feed and water for the animals;
  • Control and maintain security for  any supplements or drugs;
  • Administer treatments and supplements;
  • Dispose of sharps, biohazards, carcass and body tissue appropriately;
  • Arrange Veterinary inspections and appointments in consultation with Head of Department.

Stores management duties:

  • Collect and/or receive deliveries of agricultural materials, unpack, check invoices and store appropriately in compliance with legislative and policy requirements.
  • Collect and/or receive petrol, LP gas, insecticides, herbicides, fertilisers, chemical and associated supplies and prepare requisites;
  • Keep secure poisons and flammable liquids as per legislative requirements;
  • Maintain and order feedstuffs;

Maintenance duties:

  • Repair of infrastructure and equipment;
  • Maintain store rooms, machinery sheds and field laboratories in a functional, safe and orderly manner;
  • Maintain plant rooms, glasshouses, hydroponic systems, aquaponic systems and aquariums;
  • Routine maintenance as required.

Cleaning duties:

  • Removal and disposal at regular intervals of animal waste and associated materials;
  • Removal and/or disposal of rubbish as required;
  • Cleaning and sanitisation of toilet facilities, eating areas and facilities.

Show Team duties:

  • Assist Teacher in Charge – Showteam in the delivery of the show team co-curricular program by attending training sessions, workshops and shows;
  • Assist staff in the care and welfare of students;
  • Organise livestock for transport;
  • Drive transport for livestock as required;
  • Attend to the welfare and husbandry of livestock during and after hours as required;
  • Prepare weigh bills, Vendor declarations and other documents associated with livestock management;
  • Other duties as required by Head of Department or Teacher in Charge – Show team.

Administration duties:

  • Maintain electronic and hard copy stock records;
  • Maintain heard health records;
  • Prepare weigh bills, Vendor declarations and other documents associated with livestock management;
  • Prepare and maintain Animal Welfare registration, approvals and assist with audits;
  • Process invoices for authorisation;
  • Monitor expenses and budget in relation to farm operations.

Farm house duties:

  • Ensure School residence and gardens are kept to a reasonable standard;
  • Liaise with Grounds & Maintenance Manager on any maintenance matters in regard to the School house

SAFEGUARDING CHILDREN and YOUNG PEOPLE

The School takes child protection seriously, and as a staff member or volunteer of The Rockhampton Grammar School, you are required to meet the behaviour standards outlined in our Practice and Behaviour Guidelines. You will receive a copy of these guidelines as part of the induction process.

Therefore as a part of your duties and responsibilities, you are also required to:

  • Provide a welcoming and safe environment for children and young people;
  • Promote the safety and wellbeing of children and young people to whom we provide services;
  • Ensure that your interactions with children and young people are positive and safe;
  • Provide adequate care and supervision of children and young people in your charge;
  • Act as a positive role model for children and young people;
  • Report any suspicions, concerns, allegations or disclosures of alleged abuse to management;
  • Maintain valid “working with children” documentation;
  • Undergo periodic “national criminal history record” checks;
  • Report to management any criminal charges or convictions you receive during the course of your employment that may indicate a possible rick to children and young people.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT

The successful applicant will be subject to a “Working with Children Check and Criminal Records Check” where applicable. The School undertakes several screening processes to ensure the appropriate protection of children and young people in its care. This includes reference checks, identity checks qualification check and professional registration checks.

REQUIRED LICENCES/CERTIFICATES 

  • Working with Children Check (Blue Card)
  • Police Check
  • Safeguarding Children Online Training Certificate
  • Open Manual Driver’s

HOW TO APPLY

  1. Submit your completed Application for Employment Form with your Cover Letter and comprehensive Curriculum Vitae to positions@rgs.qld.edu.au.

Only successful applicants will be contacted.

Enquiries about the position should be directed to Hardy Manser (07) 49360745.

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