Research Projects Officer - Field and Data Technician

Date: 8 Sep 2023

Location: Townsville, QLD, AU

Company: CSIRO

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The Opportunity


  • ​​​​​​Develop your skills in data management & spatial mapping platforms on the job
  • Add value to a range of key field-based projects with your technical expertise
  • Great opportunity to join CSIRO – Australia’s national science agency!


CSIRO currently has a range of large, transdisciplinary, and multi-institutional projects across the northern region of Australia, providing critical and innovative solutions to land, water, and conservation challenges in the region. Supporting these key projects, our specialised ‘Material Fluxes’ Team aims to quantify changes in water, soil, and vegetation to evaluate the influence of land management on the environment, and the cost effectiveness of modifying management practices.


As a Field and Data Technician, you will join this dynamic team in a key multi-faceted role, providing technical expertise across number of field-based projects. The primary focus of your role would be implementation of monitoring programs, automated field installations, manual data collection and data management in terrestrial, freshwater, and marine settings. You will be involved in fieldwork in remote areas, assisting senior staff with a range of operational activities such as ground monitoring; equipment ordering, installing, and testing; database maintenance; basic lab and desktop analysis; and coordination of Health and Safety documentation, field trip logistics and planning. Your role will therefore require willingness and ability to travel for extended periods.


If you are an early-career Field Technician with a background in ecological/environmental sciences, a keen interest in the field of data management and working with GIS software, and have a positive attitude towards working in a multi-disciplinary team, we would love to hear from you! Here at CSIRO, we provide a diverse and inclusive culture, support flexible work arrangements, and offer you excellent professional development opportunities to grow your skills & career!

Your duties will include:

  • Supporting a range of field work-based projects, which includes field work preparation, HSE documentation, sample collection, data processing and data management.
  • Maintaining detailed & accurate records of field and laboratory procedures and data management systems to support complex technical and scientific investigations, including applying QA/QC processes to ensure the integrity of monitoring data is maintained throughout every stage of the research process.
  • Developing maps and figures for reports using field-based data and spatial analysis.
  • Working in remote environments often for extended periods to undertake field sampling using protocols agreed by the project team.
  • Making contributions to the interpretation and communication of research or technological results, and potentially collaborating on drafting presentations to, and/or detailed written reports for clients and the scientific and/or technology community.


Location: Townsville, QLD

Salary: AU$68K – AU$86K pa + up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure: Specified Term of 3 years; Full-time

Reference: 94027

To be considered you will need:

  • A relevant bachelor’s degree or equivalent relevant work experience in Environmental Science/ Engineering.
  • Demonstrated ability to follow experimental procedures for laboratory and data management that link to field-based operations.
  • Demonstrated experience with basic data management systems (including but not limited to MS Office Software).
  • Existing knowledge and familiarity with spatial mapping platforms, e.g., ESRI ArcGIS and/or QGIS, and/or willingness and aptitude to learn these systems.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment or independently as required.
  • Willingness to undertake fieldwork and ability to travel away from Townsville for extended periods (sometimes up to 2 weeks).
  • Will need to hold a valid driver’s licence.


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


To be eligible to apply for this role, you must be either an Australian Citizen, a New Zealand Citizen, or an Australian Permanent Resident.

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. 


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.


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Join us and start creating tomorrow today!

How to Apply

Please apply online, and provide a detailed cover letter and CV that best demonstrate your motivation and ability to meet the requirements of this role. Please note that we strongly encourage you to respond to each of the selection criteria in detail, and attach it to your cover letter as one document.

Applications Close

1 October 2023, 11:00pm AEST