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Technical Assistant

Date: 27-Jun-2019

Location: Canberra, ACT, AU

Company: CSIRO

The Opportunity


•    Do you have an interest in agriculture or horticulture?
•    Are you able to work as part of a small team supporting a range of different research projects?
•    Join CSIRO - Australia's premier science & technology research organisation!


The Position
CSIRO Agriculture and Food is seeking to appoint a Research Assistant to work in the Biological Services team based at Black Mountain Laboratories in Acton, ACT.
You will work in the Potting Shed and utilise your skills to provide support to the leading agricultural scientists in the country. You will be expected to prepare materials for green house operation by undertaking various filling, transport, pest spraying and sterilisation tasks. In this role, you will work closely with other technical and scientific staff and has impact across a range of projects researching plant growth, disease and crop yield.
The successful applicant must have a current C class Australian driver licence (manuals) or the ability to obtain one. 
This is a Full-Time role, however Part-Time requests from suitable applicants may be considered.
We are passionate about gender equality in our team and we encourage all suitable candidates to apply today!


Your duties will include

•    Preparing different types of soil for use in research experiments.
•    Assisting in the maintenance of CSIRO glasshouses and surrounding grounds.
•    Conducting regular pest control operations by identifying and treating common glasshouse pests.
•    Delivering soil and pots to relevant laboratories or glasshouses.
•    Operating tractors, ATVs and other light agricultural machinery (no special license required).


Location:      Black Mountain, ACT
Salary:          AU$47K - AU$61K plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure:        Indefinite
Reference:   61856

To be successful you will need
  • Relevant trade certificate/diploma or relevant work experience
  • Ability to work independently or in a small team, maintain a high standard of work unsupervised, and demonstrate initiative.
  • Ability to use Microsoft Office applications.
  • Awareness of and willingness to adhere to safety procedures.
  • Good oral and written communication skills.
  • Basic level of physical fitness required to perform manual tasks and work outdoors.


For details about who to contact and for more information please view the Position Description


CSIRO’s Commitment to Diversity

We’re working hard to recruit diverse people and ensure all our people feel supported to do their best work and empowered to let their ideas flourish - D&I Strategy

Flexible Working Arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. Talk to us about how this role could be flexible for you. Balance


At CSIRO you can be part of helping to solve big, complex problems that make a real difference to our future. We spark off each other, learn from each other, trust each other and collaborate to achieve more than we could individually in a supportive, rewarding, inclusive and truly flexible environment. 

Apply Online

To apply online, please provide a CV and cover letter outlining your suitability and motivation for the role.

Applications Close

Friday 19 July 2019 at 11.59pm AEST

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