Plant Health Laboratory Technician (Entomology)

Suva, Fiji

  • Attractive and competitive local package
  • Friendly and supportive team environment
  • Join the principal development organisation in the region


The Pacific Community (SPC) is the principal scientific and technical organisation in the Pacific region, supporting development since 1947. We are an international development organisation owned and governed by our 26 country and territory members. In pursuit of sustainable development to benefit Pacific people, our organisation works across more than 20 sectors. We are known for our knowledge and innovation in such areas as fisheries science, public health surveillance, geoscience, and conservation of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture.

The Land Resources Division (LRD) provides advice, technical assistance, research and training support to Pacific Island countries and territories (PICTs) on all aspects of agriculture and forestry. This includes plant protection, conservation, plant genetic resources, animal health and production, agroforestry, biosecurity and trade facilitation, and sustainable systems for agriculture, forestry and land management. This work has two objectives: improved food and nutritional security and resilient communities. The division’s services are provided through seven technical/thematic teams: Animal Health and Production; Plant Health; Biosecurity and Trade Facilitation; Forest and Agriculture Diversification; Crop Production and Extension; Genetic Resources; and Forests and Trees.

The role – The Plant Health Laboratory Technician (Entomology) will provide laboratory and fieldwork support to ensure efficient and effective entomology laboratory practices are carried out accordingly. The key responsibilities of the role include the following:

  • Administration of entomology unit – Check all laboratory consumables and non–expendable items records are up to date; ensure quotations for laboratory consumables are acquired on time; prepare necessary documentation for procurement and acquittals of field and lab materials for arthropod rearing and dispatching.
  • Field collection and laboratory rearing – Collect biological control agents for assorted arthropod pests; rear and maintain specimens in the lab in the designated cages; arrange specimen consignment with couriers to respective destinations; and assist the Entomologist in field and laboratory experiments
  • Capacity building – Assist PICTs with awareness material formulation and printing and also provide field and laboratory demonstrations.

For a more detailed account of the key responsibilities, please refer to the job description provided.


Key selection criteria


  • Degree in agriculture science or any related science degree majoring in biology from a recognised institution

Essential experience and skills

  • At least three years’ of work experience in plant protection with in depth knowledge of integrated pest management (IPM) of vegetable and horticultural crops
  • Strong research background
  • Ability to work with a high degree of autonomy and accuracy
  • Ability to travel, work and live in harsh conditions
  • Excellent oral, written and presentation skills in English
  • A team player with the ability to network and work effectively in a multicultural setting


Salary, terms and conditions

Remuneration – This is a full-time position at Band 7 in SPC’s 2018 salary scale, with a commencing taxable salary range of FJD 2,177-2,721 per month, plus local staff benefits. An offer of appointment for an initial contract will be made in the lower half of this range, with due consideration given to experience and qualifications. Progression within the salary scale will be based on annual performance reviews.

Contract Duration – Until 1 August 2021

SPC is committed to child protection, irrespective of whether any specific area of work involves direct contact with children. SPC’s Child Protection Policy is written in accordance with the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Successful candidates will be required to provide a police clearance certificate.


Application procedure

Closing Date21 July 2018

Applicants must apply online.

Hard copies of applications will not be accepted.

To be considered for this role, you must provide us with:

  • an updated resume
  • a cover letter detailing your skills, experience and interest in this position
  • responses to all screening questions

Please ensure your documents are in Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF format.

Applicants should not attach copies of qualifications or letters of reference. These documents may be requested at a later stage.

Please ensure that you respond to all of the screening questions. If you do not respond to the screening questions, your application will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed at shortlisting stage.

Only Fijian citizens are eligible to apply for this role.

Screening Questions:

  • What is your experience in entomology laboratory work, and what roles have you held related to this work?
  • What is your understanding of biological control? Please describe how laboratory rearing of biological control agents is carried out.
  • What level of independence are you accustomed to in conducting daily laboratory routines?
  • What is your experience with carrying out field crop experiment activities? What role(s) did you play in your involvement?
  • A child protection policy screening requirement: Have you been convicted of any offences involving children?

  • Plant Health Laboratory Technician (Entomology).pdf

    Category: Land & Resources Management

    Reference ID: JM000065

    Date Posted: 05/07/2018