Animal Services Support Officer

Date: 26 May 2023

Location: Geelong, VIC, AU

Company: CSIRO

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The Opportunity


  • Support essential services at CSIRO’s Large Animal Facility
  • Help maintain containment, HSE and animal welfare regulations
  • Immerse yourself in an inclusive culture at the Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness


As an Animal Services Support Officer with the Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness (ACDP), you will support the day-to-day operation of this high-level biocontainment animal facility.  Activities at the Large Animal Facility (LAF) are heavily determined by protocols to meet containment, HSE, and animal welfare regulations. You will clean and prepare animal rooms, maintain consumable stocks and equipment, manage waste removal and perform effective animal husbandry tasks.


A small team of dedicated people assist in the day to day running of the facility however many tasks involve working alone.  Weekend work is involved on a roster basis and shift work may be required from time to time.  All staff working in this environment must pass security, medical and psychological checks, and be vaccinated against various diseases.

Your duties will include:


  • Abide by and promote animal ethics, microbiological containment and physical security requirements at ACDP.
  • Supply and maintain equipment, distribute and maintain stocks of consumables.
  • Clean and prepare rooms before and after decontamination.
  • Remove and dispose of laboratory and animal waste in compliance with EPA regulations.
  • Provide animal handling and husbandry support.
  • Participate in weekend and public holiday work on a roster basis.
  • Perform standard analyses and undertake technical tasks including calculations.
  • Provide instruction on, and assistance to staff with activities pertaining to the immediate work area and responsibilities, as required.


Location: Geelong – Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness (ACDP), VIC

Salary: AU$68k – AU$86k plus up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure: Specified term of up to 24 months / Full-time

Reference: 93016

To be considered you will need:

  • General “handy-person” skills, and the ability to perform manual labour such as lifting heavy (>20kg) items safely, and performing physically demanding tasks.
  • The ability to deliver effective support to a team, responding appropriately to unexpected changes in circumstances
  • The ability to proactively identify and resolve logistical challenges using creative solutions.
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to work well within and across teams.
  • A willingness and ability to undertake repetitive tasks requiring a high attention to detail, for extended periods of time.
  • A willingness and ability to work with animals infected with serious zoonotic diseases, including wearing fully encapsulating suits connected to a clean air supply.


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


Applications for this position are open to Australian Citizens 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. 


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CSIRO is committed to the safety and wellbeing of all children and young people involved in our activities and programs, whether we are undertaking research, engaging with the public or nurturing future scientists in person or online. Source – CSIRO Child Safe policy 2023

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How to Apply

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

Applications Close

19 June 2023, 11:00pm AEST.