Experimental Scientist - Ecosystem and biodiversity science

Date: 26 Jun 2024

Location: Canberra, ACT, AU

Company: CSIRO

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The opportunity


  • ​​​​​​Enhance your lab skills and field experience through a multi-faceted role 
  • Support research scientists in a range of field & project activities
  • Full-time opportunity in a cohesive team with access to flexible working arrangements


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CSIRO’s Environment Business Unit brings together capabilities in marine, atmospheric, water and terrestrial environment disciplines, as well as significant social and economic research, to align and support the nation in creating a better and more sustainable future.


Based at our CSIRO Black Mountain site, you will join the Adaptive Ecosystem Management team working across a range of Australian ecosystems, with specialisation in temperate eucalypt woodlands and fragmented agricultural landscapes, as well as an emphasis on national scale projects to inform environmental accounting and nature repair. 


As an Experimental Scientist in ecosystem and biodiversity science you will work on a variety of projects accountable for leading or assisting in fieldwork, workshops, experimental logistics and field and glasshouse-based data management along with community engagement. If you’re an early-career scientist looking to apply your well-developed organisational, people and ecological skills into a varied role, this will be a great role for you to collaborate with a dynamic team of research scientists and further develop your competencies! CSIRO will offer you excellent career development and professional support, and we are strongly committed to diversity and supporting flexible working arrangements.  

Your duties may include:

  • Assist or lead planning and implementation of workshops for expert elicitation of ecosystem knowledge and other purposes, including management of ethics and privacy approvals.
  • Assist or lead planning, organisation and safe undertaking of a varied field work program, potentially including flora and fauna surveys using traditional and novel monitoring approaches.
  • Manage field and expert-elicited data and format for ingestion into digital formats for databases and spatial data, for example using the Fulcrum app.
  • Manage other project logistics such as coordination and processing of soils and specimens, ensuring availability of vehicles, equipment and resources. 
  • Manage and undertake effective communication with diverse stakeholders.
  • Contribute to managing and developing written material for projects such as booklets for the Australian Ecosystem Models Framework, workshop summaries and reporting 
  • Participate in project planning by contributing to evaluating options, experimental design, data collection and analysis, user and customer research, user experience and/or software design, implementation and delivery.


Location: Canberra (Black Mountain), ACT

Salary: * AU$93k - AU$119k plus up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure: Indefinite / Full-time

Reference: 96961

* This pay range is inclusive of both CSOF4 and CSOF5 pay levels and applications are invited across two capability levels. The successful candidate will be appointed at a level that is commensurate with their qualifications, skills and relevant experience - see the position description for further details.

To be considered you will need:


  • Relevant Bachelors/Masters degree and/or equivalent relevant work experience in applied ecological sciences.
  • Demonstrated excellent organisational capacity and interpersonal skills applicable to leading project components and to planning and implementing workshops and field days, including management of ethics and privacy and respectful interactions with experts and collaborators. 
  • Prior experience in terrestrial ecological monitoring and leading ecological fieldwork in a safe manner, including ability and availability to travel remotely for up to 10 days at a time.
  • Demonstrated capacity for meticulous and efficient data collection, management and processing, adhering to information management principles and standards.
  • Strong communication skills, including managing and maintaining relationships with stakeholders, partners and clients, and willingness to build skills in workshop facilitation. 
  • A current Australian driver’s licence, willingness to undertake first-aid and 4WD training if required, and a strong commitment to the practice of Health, Safety & Environment.



  • Competency in identification of plants and/or fauna groups and an understanding of experimental design principles, or strong willingness and ability to learn these skills.
  • Experience or aptitude to develop skills in Geographic Information Systems.
  • Demonstrated understanding of issues that affect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities, and ability to communicate sensitively and effectively within the appropriate cultural framework.


For full details about this role please review the Position Description.


Applications for this position are open to Australian/New Zealand Citizens and Australian Permanent Residents only. Appointment to this role is subject to provision of a national police check and may be subject to other security/medical/character requirements.

Flexible working arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. 

Diversity and inclusion

We are working hard to recruit people representing the diversity across our society, and ensure that all our people feel supported to do their best work and feel empowered to let their ideas flourish. 


At CSIRO Australia's national science agency, we solve the greatest challenges through innovative science and technology. We put the safety and wellbeing of our people above all else and earn trust everywhere because we only deal in facts. We collaborate widely and generously and deliver solutions with real impact. 


CSIRO is committed to values-based leadership to inspire performance and unlock the potential of our people.


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How to apply

Please apply online and provide a detailed cover letter and CV that best demonstrate your motivation and ability to meet the requirements of this role.

Please note that we strongly encourage you to respond to each of the essential and desirable selection criterion in detail, and attach it to your cover letter as one document.


Applications close

28 July 2024, 11:00pm AEST

We strongly encourage you to apply early as we will be reviewing applications as they come through. CSIRO reserves the right to withdraw this ad prior to the closing date if required.