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Job Title : Drug Detection Officer


Government, Defence & Emergency
Source: uWorkin

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In order to be considered for this position you must currently be employed as a Prison Officer or Vocational Support Officer as defined in the Prisons Act 1981.

About us

When you join the Department of Justice, you become part of a people-focused organisation working hard to make our community a fairer and safer place to live. We offer many different employment opportunities in locations around Western Australia. You will have a chance to make a real difference to your local communities and to the lives of those you work with.

About the role

The Drug Detection Unit (DDU) contributes to the safe, secure and efficient operation of custodial facilities by utilising detection dogs and other technologies to deter, detect and disrupt illegal drugs and other contraband entering custodial facilities.

The Drug Detection Officer (DDO) is responsible for:

  • Conducting searches of individuals, environments and property with a detection dog or other drug detection technology
  • Responsibility for the full care, fitness and welfare of a detection dog during its working life including the provision of a healthy and secure property/home environment
  • Responsibility for the operational effectiveness and ongoing maintenance of their detection dog
  • Conducting ongoing trials and research of drug detection technology 

Applicants appointed from the process will be subject to a nine month probationary period.

Eligibility to Apply:

To be eligible for employment as a DDO, you must:

  • Be employed as a Prison Officer or Vocational Support Officer as defined in the Prisons Act 1981
  • Possess a valid C-Class driver’s license
  • Possess a “Provide First Aid” qualification, which at the time of appointment must have 9 months validity remaining
  • Willingness to undertake occasional intrastate travel by airplane with or without a dog.

About you

In order to be appointed as a DDO you must be able to demonstrate and maintain the following requirements;

  • Exemplify behaviours which demonstrate respect, integrity, good judgement, self-discipline and initiative
  • Work effectively as team members, respond to directions and instructions, while building positive working relationships
  • Be able to operate within a structured environment with limited supervision
  • Have highly developed communication skills
  • Have a demonstrated affinity for dogs
  • Be willing to maintain health and fitness to a pre-determined standard
  • Able to obtain clearance through the Department’s criminal history and integrity screening assessment process

How to apply

Please ensure you review the attached JDF for further information about the work-related requirements of the position. This information will assist you with the preparation of your application.

We require you to submit:

A current comprehensive CV including the contact details of two referees and a statement addressing the following essential work-related requirements (selection criteria)

  1. Teamwork and maintaining relationships
  2. Communication and interpersonal skills
  3. Affinity with dogs, and
  4. Planning and organizational skills

Please ensure you allow sufficient time to submit your application, as late applications will not be accepted.

To submit your application click the “Apply for Job” button at the bottom of this page. Emailed applications will not be accepted.

Pool Recruitment

This pool will be open for a period of 12 months from the day after the breach of standard claim period closes. For more information on the breach of standard claims refer to the Public Sector Commission.

Permanent full time appointments may be offered as vacancies arise.

The Department of Justice uses recruitment pools to build a bank of talent for future opportunities. When part of a pool you may be offered a permanent position, however an appointment is not guaranteed. Applicants found suitable in this pool, may be considered for subsequent, similar vacancies at similar locations, with the Department of Justice for the duration of the pool.

Currently, there is 1 position available for immediate filling.

Candidate Search

If required we may choose to supplement the field of applications by conducting a Candidate Search Equity and Diversity

The Department of Justice is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to growing the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workforce as a part of EEO Management Plan and its Aboriginal Workforce Development Strategy. We embrace diversity and encourage applications from a diverse field, people from a culturally and linguistically diverse background, young people and people with disability including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Further Information

If you would like further information on this opportunity please contact Jason Rowbottom, Assistant Director Drug Mitigation on (08) 9366 6537 for a confidential discussion.