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Agricultural Research Farm Hand

Date: 25-Mar-2023

Location: Narrabri, NSW, AU

Company: CSIRO

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The Opportunity


  • Apply your field experience to add value to our Australian Cotton Industry
  • Work with a dedicated and supportive team of technicians and scientists
  • Ongoing hands-on operational role within CSIRO Agriculture & Food team



We have an exciting Agricultural Research Farm Hand opportunity in our Cotton Breeding Group.  Whether you're looking to be actively involved in the science behind our CSIRO cotton research & build your agricultural knowledge, or to apply your practical skills & expertise to improve the farm operational activities of our programs, this role would be great career opportunities for you, and we would love to hear from you!  


The Cotton Breeding Group develops new cotton varieties for the Australian cotton industry. This role will assist the Breeding Group in general field and greenhouse operations and maintenance, sampling experiments, processing samples and sowing and harvesting cotton experiments at Myall Vale as well as a number of other regionally located sites in NSW and QLD.


You will provide hands-on approach assistance in day-to-day operations and breeding research. You will also participate in the experimental design, data capture and sample processing from field and glasshouse experiments. You will work as an important team member as well as independently in the Breeding Support team.

Your duties will include:

  • Operating machinery such as planting, cultivation, fertiliser, spraying and harvesting to manage cotton and other crops in rotation at Myall Vale and other remote locations. 
  • Irrigating crops as directed and when required. 
  • Assisting with other operations within the CSIRO cotton breeding program, such as crossing, glasshouse operations, post-harvest sample processing and trial preparation.
  • Assisting in running an extensive cotton breeding program aimed at developing improved cultivars, as part of a large team.
  • Assisting with maintenance of cotton pickers, module press and other farm equipment as required.         


Location: Myall Vale/Narrabri, NSW
Salary:  AU$68k to AU$86k pa (pro-rata for part-time) + up to 15.4% superannuation 
Tenure: Indefinite 
Reference: 90907

To be considered you will need:

  • Ability and willingness to work in harsh and adverse conditions whilst maintaining health and safety requirements.
  • Experience in conducting and maintaining field and glasshouse experiments. 
  • Understanding and experience in the competent operation of row crop farming equipment together with the management of irrigation systems.
  • Capable of working effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary, regionally dispersed research team, and carrying out tasks under the direction of Scientific Researchers.
  • Ability to operate machinery such as planting, cultivation, fertiliser, spraying and harvesting to manage cotton and other crops in rotation at Myall Vale and other remote locations with willingness and ability to travel to these sites at short notice.
  • Ability to lift, bend, walk and undertake repetitive motions and the ability to undertake manual handling and operate equipment safely in accordance with Health and Safety Procedures.
  • A current driver’s licence (C).


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 the provision of a national police check and pre-employment medical examination prior to commencement.

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.

Join us and start creating tomorrow today!

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

Open until filled so you are encouraged to apply now!