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Janine Batters

Birchip Cropping Group (BCG) is seeking an experienced, energetic, outcome focused, enthusiastic & qualified Research Agronomist to join us on a full-time basis. Reporting to the Senior Manager Research, this role is responsible for supporting the delivery of high-quality research and extension projects. This role will also work with the Extension & Communication team to ensure that project outputs are extended and communicated for the benefit of BCG members and wider farming community.

BCG employs and develops research practitioners who are professionally curious and willing to test, challenge and explore ideas. This position offers the right candidate the opportunity to be part of a nationally recognised team that generates and delivers information to farmers to ensure long-term sustainability.

Qualifications & experience

  • Formal qualifications in agriculture or related discipline.

Highly Desirable;

  • Understanding and working knowledge of grain growing, mixed farming systems and rural communities.
  • Demonstrated interest in the development of ideas and issues and seeing them transformed into adopted on farm practice.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills in building and sustaining relationships.
  • Proven communication skills for use with clients and project teams.
  • Sound oral and written presentation skills applied to write coherent reports and public speaking skills.
  • Strategic thinker.


  • Agronomy and/or grains research experience.
  • Project planning and delivery experience.
  • An industry network of researchers and agribusiness professionals whom you have delivered projects and research trials with.

Personal Attributes

  • Invested and excited about improving the grains industry.
  • Happy, enthusiastic and willing to undertake a variety of tasks.
  • Willingness to work within a team, sharing and supporting the development of ideas and skills.
  • Willingness to engage in all aspects of the research tasks including in-paddock operations.
  • Willingness to live and work in a small rural community.
  • Willingness to at times, work outside of normal working hours for the benefit of the research operation.
  • Enjoy communicating and interacting with the farming community.
  • Enjoy building relationships and networks with industry.
  • Recognise the importance of attention to detail in a research setting.
  • Recognise the importance of timeliness in the delivery of outcomes.

Tasks & responsibilities

  • Assist with the delivery of relevant research project deliverables to achieve project objectives.
  • Assist with planning, preparing, monitoring, measuring, recording and reporting trial developments.
  • Support the delivery of in-paddock trials including plot preparation, management and harvesting.
  • Assist with project reporting requirements.
  • Assist with writing and/or research of articles and other communications.
  • Promote BCG capabilities to research networks, industry, BCG members and other farmers.
  • Support extension activities.

In conjunction with Extension & Communications team;

  • Assist with the creation of technical content generated by research projects undertaken by BCG.
  • Present BCG research and findings at relevant events and conferences where appropriate.

View the full position description.

Applications including a cover letter and CV (with referees) apply to: [email protected]

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