Field Technician

Date: 7 Sep 2023

Location: Townsville, QLD, AU Brisbane, QLD, AU

Company: CSIRO

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The Opportunity


  • ​​​​​​Contribute to meaningful research focused on wildlife management issues 
  • Undertake fieldwork and collaborate with diverse stakeholders 
  • Play a key role in CSIRO's Living Landscapes program!


CSIRO have an exciting opportunity for a Field Technician to join our Ecological Management team. Supporting our Living Landscapes Program, you’ll undertake research focused on developing ecologically-based approaches to wildlife management issues. 

Current projects include the design and implementation of long-term, national scale threatened species monitoring programs, understanding movement and resource use of mobile vertebrates to better address current and future management needs, and the development of new land management tools for feral animals in Northern Australia. Collaboration and co-development of research with First Nations people is a strong feature of the team’s work.   

In this diverse role, you’ll lead and participate in field surveys and engage with a range of stakeholders including Government staff, Traditional Owners and landholders. You’ll implement robust field data management protocols and desktop interpretation and analysis of field data for reports and presentations. 

Contribute your strong background in field-based ecology to make an impact at Australia’s National Science Agency, apply now! 

Your duties will include:

  • Undertaking fieldwork to monitor wildlife presence, abundance, distribution, movement and/or resource use and habitat condition, using a variety of methods.
  • Engaging and collaborating with a range of stakeholders to identify appropriate field sites, organise site access, and train in field monitoring methods.
  • Leading field trips and being responsible for health and safety documentation, planning and implementation.
  • Analysing and interpreting collected field data by applying techniques such as GIS, remote sensing or appropriate statistical analysis.
  • Contributing to research and/or technology through the development of original and adapted experimental and field based survey methods.
  • Participating in planning projects and accepting responsibility for scheduling and completion of major parts of the project, including evaluation of options, experimental design, and data collection.
  • Other duties as directed.


Location: Townsville or Brisbane preferred (other locations negotiable)

Salary: AU$89k - AU$101k pa plus up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure: Indefinite, Full-time

Reference: 94050

To be considered you will need:

  • A bachelor’s degree in an ecological field and relevant work experience in field based ecology.
  • A strong ecological background, including field and experimental design skills, analysis and interpretation of field and experimental data, and an on-going interest in field-based research.
  • Willingness to participate in field work, sometimes in remote locations, involving periods of up to two weeks away from base.
  • Experience with a range of wildlife monitoring methods and technology.
  • Knowledge and experience in using spatial visualisation and analysis products (e.g. GIS) to support the design, collection and analysis of field data. 
  • Good oral and written communication skills with the demonstrated ability to communicate results and generate written reports.
  • Willingness and interest to work across a range of projects and in a variety of capacities.
  • Current Class C Driver’s Licence

  • Experience in the identification of a variety of native fauna and/or flora.
  • 4WD experience or certification (or willingness to obtain)
  • Remote First Aid experience or certification (or willingness to obtain)
  • Use of drones (CASA license) in collection of remote sensed data (or willingness to obtain).
  • Experience in the capture, restraint (manual and/or chemical), and biological sample collection (e.g. blood and tissue samples) of native or invasive vertebrates.

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. 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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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

8th October 2023, 11:00pm AEST