Farm Assistant – Full Time – Ongoing – Hurlstone Agricultural High School

  • Full Time
  • Sydney

Position Information

About the Role
This is a temporary fulltime appointment for a period of 12 months with possibility of an extension, and potential for future ongoing employment.

To be successful, you need good farming experience across a range of husbandry enterprises consistent with current agricultural educational curriculum. Possess good skills in the caring, supervising and working with various livestock, and good ability to prioritise, plan and organise workloads. Be a good communicator to work effectively with teachers, students and externals support agencies as required.

Talent Pool
A talent pool may be created through this recruitment process. A talent pool is a group of candidates who have undergone an assessment process and have been identified as suitable for this role or similar roles for a period of 12 months. Being part of a talent pool means that you may be considered for ongoing or temporary employment for a range of similar roles. This offers exciting opportunities for you to gain a wide range of experiences to build your public service career.
Essential Requirements
Experience with animal husbandry, including livestock and cropping
Must have a current NSW drviers Licence, and able to operate a tractor, various farm macinery and farm equipment.
Understand Bio Security requirements
Current Working With Children Check (WWCC)

Special Notes

About the NSW Department of Education

The Department of Education is the largest provider of public education in Australia with responsibility for delivering high-quality public education to two-thirds of the NSW student population. We welcome applications from all ages and genders, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, the LGBTQIA+ community, veterans, refugees and people with disability. If we can make some adjustments to our recruitment/interview process to better enable you to shine, please contact the Diversity and Inclusion Team ( or visit NSW Department of Education Diversity and Inclusion.

To be considered for the role, applicants must ensure they apply for the position correctly and submit all supporting documentation, including a current Resume, Covering Letter that details competencies against the Focus Capabilities and respond to the correct Target Questions for the position.

Additional School Information (Optional)

Hurlstone Agricultural High School (HAHS) is the only NSW government coeducational selective agricultural High School with boarding facility and large school farm. There are 998 students enrolled, with a boarding facility able to accommodate at least 180 students, and a large multi-enterprise farm; operating 24/7/365. HAHS is currently situated within 159 hectares, sharing the educational land with five other departmental entities. Most of the land is used for farming. It is five minutes from the M5 entry/exit and 250m adjacent the Glenfield rail station. It borders the Hume Highway M5 on the western side, residential homes on the north farm boundary, and adjoins the NSW Transport boundary on the eastern and southern sides. Both the boarder accommodation and farm are planned for a major upgrade from 2022.

Both the boarder accommodation and farm are planned for a major upgrade from 2022.

How to Apply

If you are interested in this role please apply online and attach a covering letter (max 2 pages) and your resume (max 5 pages) which clearly details how your capabilities, knowledge and experience can contribute to the success of this role. It is a requirement that you include the name and contact details of two referees.

You must answer both targeted questions which should be included in your cover letter

We are looking for you to demonstrate your competence in the focus capabilities as outlined in the role description in your answer, so please develop your responses with this in mind.

Note: it is a requirement that all candidates submit their applications online via iworkfor.nsw No paper based, email based or late applications will be accepted.

If you are successfully progressed to interview, you will be required to provide your proof of identity information and complete a CRIMTRAC declaration. As this is a child-related position, you will also be required to obtain a Working with Children Check (WWCC) Clearance number as a condition of employment (if you do not already have this). For more information, visit

Targeted Question 1

Please detail your experience for husbandry enterprises. Provide an example of how you care for livestock, assist with crop production, and/or undertake paddock management. (max 300 words)

Targeted Question 2

Please provide examples of farm machinery and equipment you operate, and your level of experience to maintain same. (max 300 words)

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