Careers

Find purpose you feel, impact you see, and a legacy you bring to life.

For years, the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) has played a vital role in enabling the production and protection of food and fibre for Queenslanders and the world. From the land to the sea. From the bush to the city. From hard-working families to global trade relationships. From connected communities to prosperity for all.

It’s rewarding work, but it’s never been easy. For our talented, down-to-earth, resilient people, that’s all the more reason to keep coming back. Every day’s different and so is every team, but we’re united by service and purpose. Together, we’re moving forward, from a proud past towards a prosperous future.

Learn why our people choose DAF and more importantly why they stay.

Join us and bring legacy to life. See our current vacancies, including our graduate program.

 
  • Video transcript

    As populations grow across the world, it's integral to be able to meet that future need.

    We want farmers to do really well, so we're there to help them get over any hurdles and to support wherever we can.

    We're actually all just passionate about what we do. Every time I can improve a grower's practices or see that the community grows from some of the research I do, that's the biggest thing.

    It's that connection to Country and being a part of that journey of protecting my Country and my culture is, you know, something I hold very dear to my heart.

    When I look back over those 20 years, I've stayed because I'm passionate about what I do.

    No two days are the same. You're always learning something new, you overcome one challenge and there's another one waiting right around the corner.

    You do get a lot of proud moments. The purpose of government is to service the people in the state.

    No matter what you do, you're contributing to the general public.

    It's our brothers and sisters, our relatives, our families, our friends. So, for me, that's a big driver.

    You can see the difference you can make and how it helps your community that you're living in.

    It's really important to me that we're doing it properly and we're doing it sustainably, so we can come back in the next 50, 100, 200 years.

    I always like making changes for good. I want to go out very proudly. I want to leave a legacy.

 

What we do

Across our business groups, we are dedicated to ensuring the production and protection of Queensland’s rich natural resources. Learn more about us.

Why work for us?

  • Work with passion and purpose

    Whatever your role and wherever you are, you’ll work with people who truly embrace the importance of what they do.

    For many, it’s about connecting with and supporting local communities. For others, it’s feeding the world and securing Queensland’s place in the global economy.

    We’re always aware of our critical role in ensuring a sustainable planet for future generations.

    What matters most to you?

  • Have a tangible impact, for today and tomorrow

    What we do isn’t just theory, it’s real life. Here, you’ll experience purpose in action.

    From the big problems we solve over months and years to the daily connection we have with hard-working people and communities across the state. We’re making a difference that matters.

    While our people rarely shout about it, they know, because they see the difference they make.

    Just imagine what you can achieve with us.

  • Enjoy interesting, diverse work

    At DAF, we hope you’ll love the variety in the work you do or that you’re a part of. You’ll also find people who are highly invested in their work – work that delivers opportunities and experiences that are hard to find elsewhere.

    What does job variety mean to you?

  • Follow your path, wherever it leads

    At DAF, you’ll hear many stories of unexpected careers.

    For some, it’s the chance to focus and specialise to break new ground. For others, it’s the opportunities to step up or across to gain experience and progress your career.

    Whatever your plan, there are so many paths to pursue at DAF and across Queensland’s public service.

    Where do you want to go?

  • Get the flexibility and support you need to thrive

    What we do isn’t easy, and we have many different stakeholders and expectations can be high. But wherever possible, we’re striving towards a flexible workplace that helps you achieve at work and at home. Learn more about our pay, benefits and leave.

  • Be part of our one, diverse DAF

    Every team at DAF is unique, but we share the same powerful purpose to protect Queensland for the present and future.

    Our people work across business groups to ensure the production and preservation of our state’s rich natural resources. It can be a complex collaboration, as our passionate teams strive to balance the responsibilities and priorities entrusted to us. But that passion is our greatest asset.

    We’re also building an inclusive culture that embraces the diversity and unique perspective and experiences of our people and the community we serve. Bring your authentic self to DAF, we embrace diversity.

    Our diversity makes us stronger and it’s what will move us forward.

Find your purpose

Are you looking for a role where you can feel genuine purpose, see tangible impact and become a custodian of Queensland’s legacy?

At DAF, you will find all this and so much more. See our current vacancies.

Graduate program – applications open

Apply now for our Graduate connect program to help bring our legacy to life.  Applications close 15 January 2023.

Use these resources to help you with your job application.