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Biosecurity Monitor



Biosecurity monitors (or biosecurity surveillance officers) 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.



What responsibilities will I have?

  • Inspect and monitor cargo, animals, plants, land, water and products for pests
  • Remove and destroy pests or arrange for them to be destroyed by pest control technicians
  • Screen documents and imports to determine biosecurity status
  • Deliver animal and plant biosecurity surveillance activities to ensure quick identification of new and emerging biosecurity threats
  • Investigate chemical and contaminant incidents
  • 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
  • Prepare reports or charges against those non-compliant with biosecurity laws


What education and training is required?

A bachelor’s or master’s degree in environmental science, plant science, entomology, or ecology is required.


To pursue a career as a Biosecurity Monitor:

The following high school courses are recommended: agricultural education, biology, physics, chemistry, natural resources, geography, and mathematics.


Where can I work?

Biosecurity monitors or officers can work for government agencies, private companies that provide pest and disease management services, or may be self-employed.


Future Job Market / Outlook

The future outlook for a biosecurity monitor will be great over the next five years. 


Suggested Professional Organizations and Associations

  • Association of Environmental Engineering and Science
  • World Association of Soil and Water Conservation
  • Ecological Society of America
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