Research Station Manager

Date Posted: 29 May 2024
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Location: Boorowa, NSW, AU

Company: CSIRO

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The opportunity

  • Key management position at the Boorowa Agricultural Research Station, NSW
  • Work with a dedicated and supportive team of technicians and scientists
  • Ongoing hands-on Management and operational role within the CSIRO Agriculture & Food team

CSIRO’s Agriculture and Food Department applies world class multidisciplinary science and technology to create healthier, trusted, safer and more sustainable food and fibre for the future. Their gene to plate research has increased productivity and efficiencies at the farm level, improved the quality and yield of Australian crops, developed innovative food processing technologies, and created new value-added foods. With partnerships that span across Australian and twenty-five countries, CSIRO is fostering a shared vision to create measurable economic, environmental, and social impact.

Our Boorowa Agricultural Research Station (BARS) in NSW focuses on innovative agricultural research.  

The role of Research Station Manager will provide a wide range of services including the supervision of up to three research support staff and the operational management of day-to-day activities of (BARS).
You will bring with you demonstrated hands-on experience managing agricultural field research cropping and livestock trials, farm maintenance and a strong commitment to teamwork and safe work practices.

CSIRO is committed to providing an inclusive workplace where all people thrive. We welcome applications from all candidates and strongly encourage gender and culturally diverse people to apply.

Your duties will include:

  • Work as part of a multi-disciplinary, regionally dispersed research operations team, to carry out tasks autonomously in support of field based scientific research.
  • Develop, monitor and be responsible for annual operating budget for (Boorowa agricultural research Station (BARS).
  • Direct line management of up to three research support staff focussing on their day-to-day performance, time and resource management, team cohesion, relationships with research teams/staff and compliance with HSE standards and procedures.
  • Manage the day-to-day activities of the BARS ensuring the station is managed according to leading practise and is research ready.
  • Manage development and implementation of the annual research station operational plan utilising leading practise principles (including rotational plan) to maximise site capability for research.
  • Liaise closely with researchers to understand field trial service needs.
  • Adhere to all compliance requirements with regard to managing a CSIRO research station consistent with Federal, State and local government authorities.
  • Other duties as directed.

Location:  Boorowa Agricultural Research Station (BARS), NSW
Salary: AU$110K - AU$119K per annum (pro-rata for part-time) plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure:  Indefinite, Full-time 
Reference:  96730

To be considered you will need:


Under CSIRO policy only those who meet all essential criteria can be appointed.

  • Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Science or equivalent relevant work experience in Agricultural Field Research. Direct work experience managing agricultural field research cropping and livestock trials according to leading practise.
  • Experience in operation farm machinery (tractors, sprayers, harvesters).
  • Experience managing a team.
  • Managing implementation of a farm operational plan within budget.
  • Current Drivers Licence.



  • Heavy Vehicle Licence.
  • Forklift Licence.


For full details about this role please view the Position Description



Applications for this position are open to Australian/New Zealand Citizens and Australian Permanent Residents only.

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

Tuesday 25th June, 11:00 pm AEST.

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