The Australian Plague Locust Commission (APLC) is jointly funded by New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Queensland with a matching contribution from the Australian Government. The APLC is responsible for monitoring and managing locust populations that significantly threaten agriculture in multiple member states. This involves the gathering of locust presence and prevalence information through field surveys and reports received, monitoring habitat and climatic conditions, development of locust population forecasts, and responding to population upsurges through implementation of aerial control. Significant research and development activities are undertaken to continuously improve the efficiency and effectiveness of APLC’s monitoring, forecasting, reporting and control activities.
- Using various computer systems and mapping tools, providing information to the Forecasting and Information Officer to assist them to develop forecasts regarding the timing, extent and location of locust population levels
- Developing maps and images for use in APLC’s monthly Locust Bulletin which summarises current and forecast populations
- Providing information, as requested, to the APLC Director and Operations Manager to assist with planning field survey, control and research activities, and for use in briefing the APLC Board of Commissioners, advising politicians at Federal and State level and responding to media enquiries
- Managing and maintaining a GIS which accumulates data and information from a wide range of sources including APLC field survey data, details and reports of locust activity from state agency officers and the public, meteorological data and remote-sensed habitat condition information
- As part of the tight-knit APLC team, participating in other activities of the Commission, such as field survey in remote parts of inland Australia and representing the APLC, as required, in national and international gatherings
- Participating in the APLC science peer support process by assisting others with project design, analysis and publication.
Qualification & Experience:
- Demonstrated experience in system administration and the integration of various computing platforms and operating systems as part of a geographic information system.
- Relevant experience in using, supporting and maintaining databases along with the ability to quickly acquire knowledge of APLC systems.
- Experience in analysing data to support the drafting of surveys, reports and other briefing material.
Vacancy Type: Full Time
Job Location: Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, AU
Application Deadline: N/A