Biosecurity Monitor

Biosecurity monitors undertake the full range of biosecurity inspection duties. They are especially concerned with controlling pests and the spread of disease to animals, plants or the environment. Biosecurity monitors inspect and monitor cargo, animals, plants, land, water and products for pests. They also screen documents and imports to determine biosecurity status.

Career Also Referred To As:

  • Biosecurity surveillance officer

What Responsibilities Will I Have?

  • Remove and destroy pests or arrange for them to be destroyed by pest control technicians
  • Deliver animal and plant biosecurity surveillance activities to ensure quick identification of new and emerging biosecurity threats
  • Travel to farms, wetlands, forests and other natural areas to inspect if biosecurity threats are present
  • Investigate chemical and contaminant incidents
  • Follow biosecurity guidelines to ensure that infectious diseases or other harmful biological agents do not escape the controlled
  • Write detailed reports about daily activities and for those noncompliant with biosecurity laws
  • Sample agricultural produce, animal feeds and fertilizers for monitoring
  • Educate the public about animal and plant pests and how to control them
  • Remain in compliance with biosecurity legislation

Recommended High School Courses:

  • agricultural education
  • biology
  • physics
  • chemistry
  • natural resources
  • geography
  • mathematics

Education/Training Required:

A bachelor’s or master’s degree in environmental science, natural resources management, plant science, entomology, animal science, ecology or a related field is required.

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