First listed on: 17 April 2024

Director  Satellite Ground Station Development and Operations


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About us

Geoscience Australia is Australia's pre-eminent public sector geoscience organisation. We are the nation's trusted advisor on the geology and geography of Australia. We apply science and technology to describe and understand the Earth for the benefit of Australia. We apply our diverse professional expertise, our deep and trusted knowledge, our national-scale Earth observation infrastructure and our strong partnerships, to the opportunities and challenges that face our nation.

Our culture

Our strength lies in our people, including our diversity in backgrounds, skills and experiences, and the way we work together to respond to the emerging needs of our work. We value diversity in gender, backgrounds, culture, and experiences of our employees and are committed to providing an inclusive workplace culture that ensures everyone has equal opportunity to contribute, participate and progress. Applications from people who reflect this diversity are encouraged.

Our workplace is committed to the health, safety and wellbeing of our employees and offers a variety of flexible working arrangements to enhance flexibility, including remote working arrangements.

What we can offer you

When you work at Geoscience Australia you will have access to a range of benefits and the opportunity to experience a workplace culture that truly values and promotes diversity, inclusion, equity and belonging. To learn more about our competitive salary, free onsite parking, generous flexible working arrangements and the role you can play in growing our culture click here.

The opportunity

The Australian Government has announced it will partner with the United States in its flagship Landsat Next Earth satellite program. Underpinned by new investment of $207.4m over the next 4 years, Australia will become the first country to join the Landsat 2030 International Partnerships Initiative.

Australia’s contributions to this partnership will be delivered by Geoscience Australia and will involve investment in new science to take full advantage of Landsat Next’s advanced capabilities, including an up to nine-fold increase in spatial resolution for key bands, more than twice the number of spectral bands, and increased frequency of data collection. Geoscience Australia will also deliver significant improvements to our satellite ground station in Alice Springs, our data processing and distribution, quality assurance and integrity monitoring, and Digital Earth and Digital Atlas capabilities.

Our team

The Satellite Land Imaging Coordination Branch (SLIC) will be at the forefront of Australia’s delivery of the Landsat Next partnership. A small but rapidly growing branch, SLIC comprises experts from a range of disciplines including data science, engineering, programmatic, Earth observations and remote sensing science, quality, and technical assurance.

SLIC will deliver the enhanced satellite ground segment including an upgraded Alice Springs ground station, expanded satellite data processing and delivery architectures, new quality and integrity monitoring systems and science, supported by robust partner and stakeholder engagement, integrated systems engineering, governance, and program management.

The role

The Director, Satellite Ground Station Development and Operations is responsible for operating Geoscience Australia’s existing Alice Springs Satellite Ground Station and managing the planning, construction, development, and operation of future satellite ground station infrastructure.

In this role you will:

  • Oversee the operation of Geoscience Australia’s Alice Springs Ground Station providing ground station support including the United States’ (US) Earth observation satellite programs in accordance with the agreements between Geoscience Australia and the United States Geological Survey.
  • Consult with the United States Geological Survey and other relevant stakeholders to identify and document technical and operational requirements for Geoscience Australia’s future ground station capabilities and infrastructure.
  • Manage the design, development and construction of Geoscience Australia’s future ground station capabilities and infrastructure including overseeing relevant native title, heritage, zoning and planning regulation, and government public works processes.
  • Develop and oversee procurements, contracts, and relationships with service providers, including research institutions, legal experts, and ground station facility suppliers.
  • Provide professional, trusted, and strategic advice to the Branch Head, Satellite Land Imaging Collection, and other internal and external stakeholders.
  • Collaborate with the Satellite Land Imaging Collection executive to ensure technical complementarity and integration between Satellite Ground Station Development and Operations-lead projects, other GA’s Landsat Next partnership projects, and internal and external Landsat Next-related initiatives.
  • Contribute to the strategic planning of Satellite Land Imaging Collection branch and Landsat Next partnership objectives. Set the strategic direction for the Ground Station Development and Operations section, develop long-term business plans and budgets, and monitor workflow and performance.
  • Establish and manage a diverse team of engineering, technical, and project delivery staff including ongoing workforce planning.

To be successful in the role you will:

  • Apply and maintain an extensive understanding of the role and responsibilities of the organisation, incorporating a comprehensive awareness of strategic relevance of the Landsat Next partnership to Australian Government policies, objectives, and priorities.
  • Be able to delegate effectively, and mentor, coach and encourage individuals in their delivery of outcomes and professional development while role modelling inclusive workplace culture behaviour.
  • Have excellent people skills, strong stakeholder engagement capabilities, strategic focus, business acumen and outstanding fiscal management skills, alongside commitment and exceptional communication abilities.

Required skills, knowledge, experience and/or qualifications

  • A substantial record of achievement in establishing and leading teams delivering technical projects and programs in government and industry, and the provision and presentation of trusted professional advice to senior management.
  • Experience in projects/programs involving land acquisition and construction including a deep understanding of aspects such as native title, heritage, zoning and planning regulations, and government public works processes.
  • Our ideal candidate will have experience with and/or qualifications in internationally recognised program and project management framework such as MSP, PRINCE2, or PMBOK.

Are you unsure about applying?

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To Apply

Please visit the?careers page?of our website to submit your application via our e-Recruit system. Your application should include:

  • Your resume (no more than 3 pages)
  • A brief statement (no more than 700 words) outlining your transferable skills, experience and capabilities related to the role and the value you would bring to Geoscience Australia.

If you have any questions regarding the role, please contact Firstname Surname on (02) 6249 5847 or email

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To be eligible to apply for this position you must meet the below eligibility criteria.

  • Be an Australian Citizen at the closing date of application.
  • The successful applicant must be able to obtain, hold and maintain a security clearance of an appropriate level relevant to this role.
  • Commencement of employment is subject to the successful applicant undergoing and satisfying pre- employment screening, which includes a police history check.


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