Employment and jobs

A career with us is an opportunity to work and learn in an ever-changing environment that is efficient, innovative and resilient.

There are exciting opportunities to deliver economic, environmental and social benefits to all Queenslanders by working in the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF). The department offers a wide range of roles that will help you build a challenging, yet rewarding, career while maintaining a healthy work life balance.

Our range of roles include:

  • science: veterinarians, biologists, laboratory technicians, scientific assistants, entomologists
  • licensing, surveillance and investigations
  • forestry rangers and resource managers
  • environmental officers, industry development, agricultural economists, food industry development
  • biosecurity officers and inspectors, animal attendants, community engagement officers, auditors, investigators
  • corporate: lawyers, financial managers, human resource management, administrators, executive assistants, communication specialists, policy officers, project leaders, customer services
  • IT: spatial information, computer systems engineers, web designers, graphic designers, database support, application support.

Within the Queensland public service, you will enjoy a range of competitive working conditions including:

  • Flexible work arrangements—you can vary your attendance at work within your business unit’s operating hours and may have access to time off in lieu or rostered days off and teleworking.
  • Purchased leave—you can apply for an extra 6 weeks leave over a year. While this is technically without salary, fortnightly deductions from your pay spread the financial impact across a year.
  • Parental leave—you have access to 14 weeks paid maternity/adoption leave. In addition, an employee may be granted up to 2 years unpaid parental leave (inclusive of the 14 weeks paid leave) to be your child’s primary carer. You can also work part-time until your child starts school.
  • Special emergency leave—you have access to up to 3 days leave in any 12 month period for emergency situations and/or compassionate grounds.
  • Cultural leave—you can access special leave without salary for up to 5 days cultural or religious leave each year.
  • Recreation leave—you will receive a minimum 20 working days per year (pro rata for part-timers) for recreation leave plus 17.5 per cent leave loading. This can vary in certain regions, for example, in some northern and western parts of the state, you will receive recreation leave of 25 working days per year.
  • Sick leave—you are eligible for 10 working days sick leave (pro rata for part-time employees) each year on full pay that accumulates if not taken. This leave may be accessed for caring responsibilities of immediate family or household members.
  • Remote and regional incentives—we offer incentives to people who are willing to work in remote and regional locations. This can include the payment of transfer expenses.
  • Salary packaging—the department offers salary packaging for items such as superannuation contributions.
  • Employee Assistance Program—employees have access to confidential free counselling to resolve problems affecting their work and/or personal life. This service is also available to an employee's immediate family members.
  • Equal employment opportunities—we are an equal employment opportunity employer and value a diverse and inclusive workforce. People of all ages, abilities, gender and ethnicity are encouraged to apply for positions.
  • Health, safety and wellbeing—we promote a respectful, safe and inclusive workplace culture that is free from all forms of harassment, workplace bullying, discrimination and violence.
  • White Ribbon Workplace Accreditation—we are proudly working towards becoming a White Ribbon accredited workplace to further support our employees affected by domestic and family violence.
  • Competitive superannuationQSuper is the default superannuation scheme provided by the Queensland Government for its employees. It is a co-contributory scheme and you can contribute between two and five per cent of your salary. This is matched by the compulsory employer contribution of between 9 per cent and 12.75 per cent. As a member of this fund, insurance for income protection and total and permanent disability is automatically provided.

Mandatory requirement – COVID-19 Vaccination

To ensure the ongoing safety of our community and to reduce the impact of COVID-19 on our staff, stakeholders and operations, it is a mandatory condition of employment to be and remain vaccinated against COVID-19 as per the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements – Policy and Procedure (PDF, 138.1KB).

If you are applying for a position and are not yet vaccinated and are willing to be vaccinated or you have a recognised medical contraindication to COVID-19 vaccines please speak to the contact person listed on the role description to discuss your circumstances and available options.

To ensure the Department is complying with this requirement you will be required to supply supporting evidence of your COVID-19 vaccination for employment

How to apply

All of our vacancies are posted on the Queensland Government Smart jobs and careers website.

It is very important that you read and understand the information detailed in the 'Important information for applicants' documents as it contains specific information on:

  • eligibility requirements to apply for roles with the department
  • how to apply online for vacancies listed on Smarts jobs and careers
  • selection processes.

Each position description contains information on the benefits of working for the department, including various employment conditions and entitlements that may be relevant to your employment.

The Capability and Leadership Framework developed by the Public Service Commission will provide you with information on the behaviours and capabilities expected of public service staff.

If you are a graduate, opportunities are also available for you through the Greater Graduate Program.

Graduate Excellence Program

We offer a graduate program to enable you to build on your tertiary education and gain real-life experience in your chosen career.

Opportunities will be advertised on the Queensland Government Smart Jobs and Careers page. Graduate placements will be available in a range of disciplines, at various locations across Queensland.

We recruit for a diverse range of disciplines, including but not limited to:

  • agricultural science
  • agronomy
  • science/applied science
  • forestry
  • horticultural science
  • veterinary science
  • finance/human resources/communication/event management


To apply for the graduate program, the following eligibility requirements must be met:

  • hold Australian citizenship, or reside in Australia and have permission, under a Commonwealth law, to work in Australia
  • have completed your university degree in the last year, be due to graduate in the current year, or due to graduate before February next year
  • have a university undergraduate or postgraduate degree in a relevant discipline

As part of the selection process, you will need to complete relevant employment checks, including a criminal history check.

To ensure the ongoing safety of our community and to reduce the impact of COVID-19 on our staff, stakeholders and operations, it is a mandatory condition of employment to be and remain vaccinated against COVID-19 as per the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements – Policy and Procedure  (PDF, 138.1KB).