Housekeeper & Cook

Date: 9 May 2024

Location: Narrabri, NSW, AU

Company: CSIRO

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The opportunity

At CSIRO’s Space and Astronomy Business Unit, our research enables humanity to better understand the Earth and Universe. It contributes to solving the greatest challenges and building future industry.

The Narrabri Observatory is part of the Australia Telescope National Facility (ATNF), which is operated by the CSIRO. The site contains the Australia Telescope Compact Array (ATCA), which consists of five moveable antennas.
The central area of the observatory contains a control building with offices, a library, laboratories, workshops, and The Lodge for visitors and local staff.


The Narrabri Lodge offers on site accommodation for visitors/staff wishing to visit the site and those with observatory business. The lodge has 4 single rooms, a double room, bathrooms, a lounge room and a dining room. 
Lodge staff provide meals for visitors. Some meals (e.g. in the evenings), will be prepared and left in the lodge refrigerator; these can be re-heated in the convection oven at your own convenience. Tea and coffee are available at the lodge.


As the Narrabri Lodge Houskeeper, you will manage the accommodation facilities, provide meals and catering for small events on sites.  Your role is to support the onsite staff, as well as visitors to the site. 

Your duties will include:

  • Conducting regular cleaning and maintenance of the Narrabri Lodge, common areas and rooms, adhering to cleaning protocols and standards.
  • Preparation of meals, including lunches and morning teas, ensuring dietary requirements are catered for.
  • Maintaining a clean and hygienic kitchen environment, following food safety regulations and best practices.
  • Procurement of groceries, cleaning supplies, and other essential items as needed, and ensuring timely replenishment of supplies.
  • Ensuring timely and efficient cleaning of washable items. 
  • Handling booking confirmations.
  • Under general supervision, undertake a range of tasks in accordance with established guidelines.
  • Communicate openly, effectively and respectfully with all staff, clients and suppliers in the interests of good business practice, collaboration and enhancement of CSIRO’s reputation.
  • Work collaboratively as part of a multi-disciplinary, regionally dispersed team to carry out tasks in support of CSIRO’s scientific objectives.
  • Adhere to the spirit and practice of CSIRO’s Values, Code of Conduct, Health, Safety and Environment procedures and policy and diversity initiatives. 
  • Other duties as directed.


Location: CSIRO Paul Wild Observatory, Narrabri, NSW

Salary: AU$56,908 - AU$68,410 plus up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure: Specified term of 7 months, part-time, 40 hours per fortnight

Reference: 96700

To be considered you will need:


  • Certificate of high school education and/or relevant work experience in hospitality/catering and cleaning.
  • Food Handling certificate.
  • A current Australian driver’s license.
  • The ability to obtain a valid paid/employee (not volunteer) Working with Children/ Vulnerable People Check prior to confirmation of appointment. 



  • Experience in commercial housekeeping/cooking.
  • Food Safety Supervisor current certification. 


For full details about this role please review the Position Description


Applications for this position are open to Australian/New Zealand Citizens or 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.


This role has child safety obligations. Accordingly, the successful candidate will be required to obtain and provide evidence that they hold a valid paid/employee (not volunteer) Working with Children/ Vulnerable People Check prior to confirmation of appointment. 

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

9th June 2024, 11:00pm AEST/AEDT