In partnership with the Crawford Fund, NSW Department of Primary Industries will be running a plant biosecurity summer internship in 2022. Join us for a 6-week hands-on course in plant health, biosecurity, and diagnostics. Our Biosecurity Summer Internship Program offers real world biosecurity and plant health science experience, giving you the chance to work on real projects alongside lead scientists and researchers at NSW DPI.
Our Internship Program is designed to provide valuable hands-on experience within the plant health and biosecurity sector. By undertaking an internship with us, you will:
You will work with our staff and scientists across the biosecurity spectrum gaining experience and training in surveillance, diagnostics, research, and emergency response operations as well as an understanding of policy, market access and stakeholder engagement.
You will complete this program at two DPI research institutes:
To be eligible to apply, you:
Dr. Jordan Bailey - Leader Plant Pathology Curation, NSW DPI
Professor Lester Burgess - Member, NSW Committee, Crawford Fund of Australia
The Crawford Fund of Australia is committed to alleviating poverty, improving food security and nutrition, and promoting sustainable production systems in the developing world. It is also committed to increasing public awareness of the mutual benefits to Australia of supporting international development through capacity building of overseas and Australian farmers, agricultural scientists, and students. However, the Crawford Fund is limited in size and resources, and works in partnership with many Australian agencies including ACIAR, state and territory Governments, CSIRO, Universities and the Australian Volunteer Program (DFAT).
Within the NSW Department of Primary Industries, the Plant Biosecurity Research and Diagnostics Unit includes over 50 scientists in six locations across NSW. We are responsible for delivering the science that supports the NSW Chief Plant Protection Officer to respond to biosecurity incursions of pests and pathogens and to protect market access for NSW plant industries. Our unit has scientists from Technical Assistants to Principal Research Scientists with expertise in research, diagnostics and taxonomy in both plant pathology and entomology.
In NSW the relationship between the Crawford Fund and the NSW Department of Primary Industries is particularly strong, with a number of on-going projects in SE Asia. The benefits of these projects flow both to farmers and their families in the developing countries and in NSW. These projects are focussed on plant and animal biosecurity, the diagnosis of plant diseases, pests and weeds, the development of appropriate control programs, and improving crop production systems.
This collaboration delivers significant benefits to the biosecurity of NSW plant industries. Contributing our expertise to strengthen plant biosecurity in South East Asia reduces the likelihood that exotic threats will make it to NSW. Handling current biosecurity threats that are exotic to Australia in other countries also increases the likelihood our scientists will be better prepared to detect and identify exotic threats if they do make it here.
Scholars will learn through tutorials, laboratory studies and crop disease and pest surveys as well presentation on the work of DPI staff and scientists and the Crawford fund.
Elizabeth Macarthur Agricultural Institute
Orange Agricultural Institute & NSW DPI Head Office
Plant Health Diagnostic Service
Fungal and bacterial culturing and preservation techniques
Citrus Pathology Program
Plant Biosecurity and Product Integrity team