Aquaculture Technician (Identified Role Indigenous)

Date Posted: 26 Apr 2024
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Location: Darwin, NT, AU

Company: CSIRO

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The opportunity

  • Develop your skills in aquaculture and animal husbandry
  • Be part of a research team and contribute to a range of multi-species research projects  
  • Join the Aquaculture Biology team as part of CSIRO’s Livestock and Aquaculture Program


CSIRO Agriculture and Food’s Livestock and Aquaculture program is delivering genetic and animal management technologies to transform the breeding, health, monitoring, nutrition, production and sustainability of the livestock and aquaculture sectors.


As an Aquaculture Technician, you will undertake prawn husbandry activities and be responsible for the maintenance of marine ponds and experimental tank infrastructure sanitation, contributing to experiment design and construction and accurately recording experiment data.


You will be able to expand on your aquaculture and husbandry experience by contributing and collaborating with a wide range of people to improve animal welfare outcomes and enhance biosecurity practices.  


You will have the opportunity to contribute to a variety of multi-species research projects including the establishment of northern polychaete research activities.


As part of the role, you will participate in fieldwork and associated activities which may require you to travel and work outside of normal hours at times.


Your duties will include:

  • Undertake prawn husbandry activities operating as part of CSIRO research projects and a range of other aquaculture research project activities.
  • Engage and work collaboratively with CSIRO colleagues of varying level and expertise to operate aquaculture research and development projects.
  • Contribute knowledge to the management of water quality in large prawn ponds at the Berry Springs demonstration farm and other CSIRO sites.
  • Undertake travel and off-site activities on occasion as required for specific project needs, which may include collection of prawns and other species, and to work out of regular hours when needed.
  • Contribute to the establishment of northern polychaete research activities, including system construction and husbandry.
  • Provide guidance and assistance to students, visitors, and trainee staff as required, particularly in relation to prawn husbandry operations and biosecurity.
  • Play an active role in maintaining facilities to improve staff safety and operational efficiency.
  • Play an active role in developing animal management practices to increase the rigour of experiments, to enhance biosecurity, and to improve animal welfare outcomes.
  • Collect and manage project and research data and information appropriately.
  • Other duties as directed.


Location: Darwin, NT (Larrakia)

Salary:  AU$70k to AU$90k pa + 15.4% superannuation

Tenure:  Specified Term 2 years

Reference:  96473


To be considered you will need:

  • Tertiary qualifications or equivalent relevant industry/practical experience in aquaculture biology or aquatic animal husbandry.
  • Experience in husbandry of aquatic animals in a commercial or research setting.
  • Experience in the monitoring and management of pond water quality conditions or significant other experience in aquatic biological systems.
  • Working knowledge and/or experience of biosecurity in relation to aquaculture operations.
  • Ability to work outside regular hours, and off-site, as required.
  • Current Open C-class Drivers Licence


For full details about this role please review the Position Description



CSIRO considers the filling of this position is intended to constitute a special/equal opportunity/affirmative measure under section 8(1) of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth).

The position is therefore only open to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people with Australian Citizenship. The successful applicant will be required to provide evidence to confirm that they are an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person.

Appointment to this role is subject to provision of a national police check and may be subject to other security/medical/character requirements.


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How to apply

Please apply on-line and provide a cover letter addressing the selection criteria and CV that best demonstrate your motivation and ability to meet the requirements of this role.


Applications close

23 May 2024, 11:00pm AEST

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