First listed on: 18 May 2018

Experimental Scientist

  • Contribute to restoration of Australia’s ecological communities
  • Work with a variety of land managers and agencies
  • Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply

The Position

CSIRO Land & Water is seeking to appoint an experimental scientist for their Adaptive Ecosystem Management Team.

As the successful applicant you will conduct field ecological surveys as well as field and glasshouse experimental studies. The results will assist with our ability to understand, manage and restore Australia’s ecological communities and facilitate their adaption to climate change.

You will work with an expert team of researchers on ecological research projects that are typically based on field experiments and working with land managers, Natural Resource Management (NRM) agencies and with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Find out more by viewing the full position description and selection criteria here:  Position description

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply for this role. 

Your duties/responsibilities will include:

  • Manage and safely undertake (sometimes remote) field ecological surveys, field and glasshouse experimental studies, including identification and data collection of flora and fauna (currently focused on the temperate eucalypt woodlands)
  • Collect, manage and process ecological data during field and experimental work.
  • Work as part of a multi-disciplinary, regionally dispersed research team, to carry out other associated project tasks under limited direction in support of ecological scientific research.

Location:      Black Mountain, ACT
Salary:          $61K - $78K plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure:         3 year specified term
Reference:    56800

To be successful you will need:

  • Relevant Bachelors/Masters Degree or equivalent experience in applied environmental science.
  • Demonstrated ability and willingness to organise, plan, and safely lead ecological field work, including ability to troubleshoot and make sound decisions in unexpected circumstances. 
  • Demonstrated experience in terrestrial ecological monitoring and capacity to implement ecological experiments, including flora and fauna identification skills, understanding of experimental design principles, problem-solving ability, and a willingness to further develop those skills.


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At CSIRO, we do the extraordinary every day. We innovate for tomorrow and help improve today – for our customers, all Australians and the world. We do this by using science and technology to solve real issues. Diversity is the compass that navigates our innovation. We provide an inclusive workplace that respects, values and actively pursues the benefits of a diverse workforce.  

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. Talk to us about how this role could be flexible for you.  Find out more Balance

How to Apply:  If you wish to apply for this position, please load one document which incorporates your address to the selection criteria, a cover letter outlining your motivations for applying and your CV (Maximum 2MB) via our website at

Applications Close:  11:59pm AEST, Friday 8 June 2018

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